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Press Releases The Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids Programs in March and April Feature the Free First Saturday Events Kid Film Festival and Experiments in Looking and Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate

Minneapolis, February 25, 2013—The Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids programs in March and April include the Free First Saturday Family Events Kids Film Festival (Saturday, March 3, 10 am– 3 pm), featuring short films from around the world plus a special 3D screening at 3 pm, and Experiments in Looking (Saturday April 6, 10 am - 3 pm), inventive gallery activites to spark your creative side. Also in March and April, the Walker presents Antys Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, the popular program designed tonurture 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.

A complete listing of Raising Creative Kids programs in March and April follows.

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 hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.

March Free First Saturday: Kids Film Festival
Saturday, March 2, 10 am–3 pm
This celebration of films features animation, live-action, and 3-D shorts from all corners of the world. Stories about chocolate fingers, moons made of milk, and mysterious arctic caverns will dazzle and get everyone laughing.

Big Ideas, Short Stories
Walker Cinema
11 am and 1 pm

Walking through the kitchen, a pig smells an enticing jar of cookies and simply must get his hands on them, no matter the cost. Directed by Rob Silvestri, Canada, 2010, 4 minutes.

Jillian Dillon
A Hippoplatypus saves the day, transforming her ‘flaws’ into powers. Directed by Yvette Edery, USA, 2009, 5 minutes.

The Boy with Chocolate Finger
Born with fingers made of chocolate, a boy grows up learning that no matter what others say, think or do, it is important to alwats be true to you. Directed by Christopher Palmer, UK 2011, 10 minutes.

Do you love to dance? So does the character in this story, a stereo speaker who moves to just about every sound it makes. Directed by Nathaniel Winckler, USA, 2012, 3 minutes.

Ben Hora
An immigrant family arrives by boat to a new world. They soon find out that things they love are forbidden. Directed by Nicholas Bianco-Levrin, France, 2010, 5 minutes.

Pishto Goes Away
One autumn, Pishto gets so sick and tired of everything that he decides to leave for good. On his weary journey he meets a cute and shy little dog. Directed by Sonya Kendel, Russia, 2012, 9 minutes.

Kiss A Love Story
A love story plain and simple, personified by the sun and moon encountering one another in a solar eclipse. Directed by Joseph Hodgson & Franck Aubry, Norway, 2011, 3 minutes.

A hamster chases his true love around the globe. Will he get her? Directed by Jacob Frey & Harry Fast, Germany, 2009, 4 minutes.

While conducting experiments late into the night, a scientist receives an unexpected visitor whose arrival changes everything. Directed by Nicolas Villarreal, Argentina, 2012, 8 minutes.

3D Adventures
Walker cinema, 3 pm

In the farthest reaches of the frozen north, a magical snow goose who leads a young boy into the wilds of the ice forests. But the dangers that lurk there are too big for one little boy to handle along. Directed by Paul-Emile Boucher, France, 2011, 7 minutes.

The Boy in the Bubble
A young boy falls hopelessly in love for the first time. When it all goes terribly wrong, he wishes never to experience heartache again. Turning to a book of magic, he invokes a spell to shield him from emotion forever. Directed by Kealan O’Rourke, Ireland, 2011, 9 minutes.

The Magic Piano
When Anna’s father leaves to work abroad, it seems to be the worst time of her life. But everything changes when she and her cousin discover the magical flying piano. Directed by Martin Clapp, UK, 2011, 34 minutes.

Art-Making: Spin ‘n’ See, 10 am–3pm
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab

Design your own thaumatrope, a handheld kinetic toy that fools the eye. This simple but marvelous device creates the illusion of two images becoming one by twirling string between your fingers

Art-Making: Dimensional Drawing, 10 am–2 pm
Cargill Lounge

Draw what excites you—a favorite animal, place, food or toy. Local artists Alyssa Baguss and Joe Sinness share their tips and techniques for transforming circles into spheres, triangles into cones, and more by exploring line and shadow.

Gallery Activities, 10:30 am–2 pm
Wander the galleries to see what you might find. Have a question? Our friendly tour guides have the clues to satisfy even the most curious art explorers.

April Free First Saturday: Experiments in Looking
Saturday April 6, 10 am- 3 pm

Walker Art Center
Let your eyes wander and your voice bhe heard during a day that celebrates the beauty and magic of looking at art. Join us for playful gallery activities that spark your creative side.

Kitchen Lab
Cargill Lounge, 10am–3pm

Close your eyes and sniff around for your creative side. In the Kitchen Lab participants will sample an array of organic and manufactured scents in containers, and spin off a word association, personal story, color poem or drawing that’s activated by a particular smell. Leave your responses next to each container, and we’ll keep a running tally of the most fragrant and off-putting scents in the collection.

Gallery Activities:

Conversationalist’s Café
Burnet Gallery, 1–3:30 pm
Pull up a chair at the Conversationalist’s Cafe located in the exhibition Painter Painter and share your thoughts about painting with friends and strangers alike. Menus and table hosts, including a tattoo artist, plein air painter, house painter, and muralist, will be on hand to get the banter rolling.

Sound Dictionary
Target and Friedman Galleries

Inspired by artist Abraham Cruzvillegas’ personal lexicon around his particular ways of making art and being in the world, come settle down in a cozy corner to begin to invent your own dictionary using melody and musical inspiration.

Playlist: Jacquie Fuller
Roving Galleries

Join our special guest as she selects songs-which reflect her insight about a handful of works in the Walker’s galleries.

Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate
Tuesdays, March 12 and 26; April 9 and 23, 11 am–1 pm
For kids ages 3–5 and adults
Free with gallery admission; Walker members and kids ages 12 and under are always free

What do hip kids and their (possibly) cooler parents do to spark creativity? Attend Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, featuring activities 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. Meet other families for a treat at the Garden Café.

Playful Palettes
Explore the exhibition Painter Painter and find inspiration for art-making in the featured artists’ different approaches to painting.

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.

Ben Hora