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Press Releases The Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids Programs in July and August Feature the Free First Saturday Events Urban Green and Grassroots and Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate

Minneapolis, June 21, 2013—The Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids programs in July and August include the Free First Saturday events Urban Green (Saturday, July 6, 10 am–3 pm), part of Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City, and Grassroots (Saturday, August 3, 10 am–3pm). Also in July and August, 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.

A complete listing of Raising Creative Kids programs in July and August 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, gallery adventures, and hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.

July Free First Saturday: Urban Green
Saturday, July 6, 10 am–3 pm

How do we nurture our city and make it a sustainable place to live? Join us for a day that brings people together to talk about our environment, share solutions, and learn ways to make an impact. Participate in workshops, demonstrations, and art-making that will inspire the humanitarian in everyone. Part of Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City.

All activities below will be in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 5 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm

Guerrilla Gardeners
Help bring nature back into urban spaces! Make your very own seed bombs and learn about planting seeds in unexpected places.


Got Worms?
Make your very own miniature composting bin while learning about the wonders of worms and their desire to eat your table scraps.

Bee Mania
Learn everything about bees from local experts from the University of Minnesota Bee Squad and Beez Kneez. Watch bees in an observation hive, go on a guided bee tour in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (on the half hour all day), and make a tiny bee house for your garden.

Resource Fair:
Different organizations will be on hand to lead workshops, share ideas to help the community, and answer questions about our impact on the environment.
-The Garden Gleaning Project—Pick up a seedling to plant at home and share the harvest with your local food shelf.

-Mississippi River Green Team—A local group of teens will show you how to make eco-friendly household cleaners that won’t pollute our waterways.

-Metro Blooms—Discover simple changes to make in your yard that help to protect and clean our water.

-Homegrown Minneapolis—A citywide initiative to expand the community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat, and compost healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.

-Gardening Matters—Learn about the Local Food Resource Hubs Network, residents who support each other throughout the growing season.

-Garden of Eagan—Meet organic farmers who produce high quality food.

Performance: Homegrown Hip Hop

11 am & 1 pm
Join us to witness Twin Cities finest B-boys and B-girls with a performance from Dancin Dave and J-Sun. Battle between young guns and the old. Free lessons for kids!

10 am–3 pm
A temporary wall will be constructed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for live urban art, including graffiti demonstrations and interactive painting.


About Homegrown Hip Hop:
Homegrown Hip Hop is an organization in Minneapolis that works with youth through painting and dance. Hip Hop is the constantly evolving spirit and consciousness of urban youth that keeps recreating itself in a never-ending cycle, it is important that all aspects of the culture are included within the theme of “urban green” because the movement plays an extremely important role with the molding of the city. Witness some of the elements that have played a crucial role on the identity of Minneapolis, and that have continuously been used in many different aspects to make a positive impact, that is what Homegrown Hip Hop is all about!

August Free First Saturday: Grassroots
Saturday, August 3, 10 am–3 pm

Our creative, social, and family networks shape who we are and the places we live. This daylong extravaganza features dance performances and collaborative crafting—including a giant crocheted rug—as part of a festival of locally grown talent. Part of Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City.

Momentum in the Garden
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 11 am and 2 pm, Free Now it its 10th edition, the Momentum: New Dance Works series introduces the next generation’s most promising choreographers and offers a snapshot of Minnesota’s contemporary dance landscape. In celebration of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s 25th anniversary, three Momentum alumni perform dances newly commissioned by the Walker as part of the Free First Saturday festivities.

Kenna Cottman presents a group dance and drum performance based on Senegalese “lutte” wrestling and the choreographed ceremony around the fight spectacle. Chris Schlichting, named City Pages’ 2012 choreographer of the year, offers a follow-up to his acclaimed Matching Drapes. Kaleena Miller creates a percussive piece with live music and tap dance. In case of rain, the event moves indoors to the McGuire Theater.

Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate
Tuesdays, July 9 and 23, and August 13 and 27, 11am–1pm

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 and other adventures.

July and August: Garden Matters
Get immersed the scents, sounds, texture, and tastes of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden through fun hands-on activities. You and your tot will listen to stories under the trees and make art outdoors, then cool off inside with films and gallery games.

Local author Nancy Carlson will be part of Arty Pants story time on August 13 and August 27. Listen to Carlson read her books about gardens, Harriet and the Garden and Get Up and Go.

Nancy Carlson
Nancy Carlson is an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator who has published more than 60 books. Carlson graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a major in printmaking, and shortly afterward became fascinated with children’s books while working at the Walker Art Center. She began to write her own stories and created accompanying drawings. It wasn’t long before she found herself approaching publishers with her own ideas for children’s books. Recognition for her published work includes several Reading Rainbow selections, the Children’s Choice Award from the International Reading Association and Children’s Book Council, the Minnesota Children’s Museum Great Friends to Kids Award and several others.

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

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