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Press Releases Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids Programs in January and February Feature Free First Saturday Events Inspired by Cindy Sherman and Painter Painter Exhibitions and Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate

Minneapolis, December 13, 2012—Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids programs in January and February feature Free First Saturday programs inspired by the exhibitions Cindy Sherman, (Pictures of You, Saturday, January 5) and Painter Painter, (Saturday, February 2.) Also in January and February the Walker presents Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, the popular program designed to nurture creativity and engage a child’s mind. Arty Pants programs are presented on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month and feature art projects, films, gallery activities, and story readings.

Free First Saturdays Are for Families

Activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 am–3 pm. Gallery admission is free from 10 am–5 pm on Free First Saturday.

Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures, and handson art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.

January Free First Saturday: Pictures of You

Saturday, January 5, 10 am – 3 pm Join us for a day where you can be anyone you want to be. Inspired by the exhibition Cindy Sherman, activities let you discover the many different sides of yourself with performances, films, art-making, and tours.

Art Making: WAC Portrait Studio, 10 am–3 pm Cargill Lounge

Put a spin on traditional portraiture with photographer Sam Hoolihan. Invent characters with costumes and accessories you design. Photos will be presented on a large screen during the event and on the web after the event at flickr.com/photos/walkerart.

Art Making: Mirror Images, 10 am–3 pm Art Lab

Reflect on the intricacies of your facial features and see yourself in new ways through playing, drawing and interactive games. Join artist Ilene Krug Mojsilov as she host this transformative installation.

Workshop: Create a Character, 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30 Garden Terrace Room

Families work together in this fun, interactive theatre workshop from Children’s Theatre Company. Using their favorite characters from films and books as inspiration, families will select small props and costume pieces from a Box of Fun and work together to create their own characters and explore all the ways they can express themselves onstage. The workshop will end with an opportunity for families to share what they have created.

Dance Party, 10:30 am– 2:30 pm William and Nadine McGuire Theater

Kids and families take over the McGuire Theater for an all-day dance party. Come show off your moves as DJs spin a mix of popular favorites.

February Free First Saturday: Painters’ Paradise Saturday, February 2, 10 am–3 pm

Join us for a day inspired by the new exhibition Painter Painter featuring special guests, art-making, and kid-focused tours. Step into the studio and find out more about the creative art of painting during this amazing day of free family fun.

Gallery Activity 11 am–2 pm All Galleries

Wander your way through the galleries explore artworks by asking questions, having conversations and even using your senses.

Art Making: Artists’ Studio 10 am–3 pm Art Lab

Join a day-long interactive studio session with a round-robin roster of painters. Step into the studio and find out more about the creative art of painting.

Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate Tuesdays January 8 and 22; February 12 and 26; 11 am–1 pm

For kids ages 3–5 and adults Free with gallery admission; Walker members and kids are always free

What do hip kids and their (possibly) cooler parents do to spark creativity? Attend Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, featuring programs for adults and youngsters ages 3–5. Join us each month on the second and fourth Tuesdays for art projects, films, gallery activities, and story time.

All About Me!

Discover ways to disguise and express yourself through amazing gallery activities and art-making experiments.

Jan 8: Crazy Characters Jan 22: Mini Me Feb 12: Playful Portraits Feb 26: Imagine Me…

WAC Packs for the Galleries

Enhance your artistic escapade with these hands-on activity packs. Games, story-telling, and art-making will enliven artworks for the whole family.

Raising Creative Kids

Photo: Walker Art Center