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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 Close Encounters and Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate

Minneapolis, February 14, 2014—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 1, 10 am– 3 pm), featuring short films from around the world plus a screening of the feature film The Story Children and Film by director Mark Cousins, and Close Encounters (Saturday April 5, 10 am– 3 pm), April’s Free First Saturday event.

Also in March and April, 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 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: The Big Screen
Saturday, March 1, 10 am–3 pm

Short Films: Animated Adventures

Walker Cinema, 11 am and 1 pm, Free
Doors open 30 minutes prior to each screening, seating is limited.

What happens when a traditional writer exchanges his old typewriter for a computer? Vivaldi’s musical theme La Follia is the musical accompaniment for this drama between the writer and a bit of digital information inside his computer.
Spain, 2013, 10 minutes, Directed by Juanma Sanchez Cervantes

Bombus Confusus
A clumsy, chubby bumblebee with a big appetite is trying to make friends. But making friends with a group of bees is no easy matter, particularly when one greedily eats up more than one’s share of nectar and chases all the other insects through the forest.
Germany, 2012, 5 minutes, Directed by Anna Habermehl

As the Highlander Donald walks through the Scottish lowlands, he causes a stir—instead of trouser he’s wearing a kilt. Even the sheep are surprised and wondering where his trousers are. The gorgeous Peggy does not care about it; she fancies the smart man with the kilt and asks him for a dance.
Germany, 2012, 6 minutes, Directed by Daniel Acht

The Little Red Paper Ship A girl folds a piece of paper into a boat and sends it off into the wide ocean. The little boat heads out on a journey to discover new land, a journey that will change it forever.
Germany/Poland, 2013, 13 minutes, Directed by Aleksandra Zareba

A fisherman waits all day in his tiny boat for a tug on his fishing line. While he wishes for a big fish, he winds up catching a small one instead. Soon after he throws the fish back strange things start to happen.
Croatia, 2011, 3 minutes, Directed by Dinko Kumanovic

Mushroom Monster
The hungry Mushroom Monster pursues his dreams and roams the swampy landscape looking for the biggest mushroom ever.
Norway, 2013, 6 minutes, Directed by Aleksander Nordaas

My Strange Grandfather
A young girl is frustrated by her grandfather and his eccentric habits, particularly his interest in collecting junk around the beach where they live.
Russia, 2011, 9 minutes, Directed by Dina Velikovskaya

Art Making: Marionette Magic
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
10 am–3 pm
Let your imagination soar as you create string puppets and tell short stories on a stage.

Activity: Walker Animation Station
Cargill Lounge
10 am–3 pm
Join local animator and videomaker John Akre at his Stop Motion Animation Studio. Collaborate with others to create an animated short film about the Walker Art Center and Free First Saturday.

Feature Film: A Story of Children and Film
Walker Cinema, 3 pm, Free
Doors open at 2:30 pm; seating is limited. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Following the international success of The Story of Film: An Odyssey, director Mark Cousins brings us A Story of Children and Film, the world’s first movie about kids in global cinema. The film is a passionate, poetic portrait of the adventures of childhood—its surrealism, loneliness, fun, destructiveness and vitality—as seen through 53 great films from 25 countries. From the critical and commercial hits such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Moonrise Kingdom to well-known classics The Red Balloon and 400 Blows, it also features dozens of rarely seen masterpieces. A Story of Children and Film is an eye opener, a landmark film, and a celebration of both childhood and the movies.
UK, 2013, 101 minutes, Directed by Mark Cousins

April Free First Saturday: Close Encounters
Saturday, April 5, 10 am–3 pm

Playful interventions and artist projects inspire you to look closely and ask questions.

Enjoy free gallery admission and family fun for all on the first Saturday of each month. Activities designed for kids ages 6 to 12 are offered from 10 am to 3 pm.

Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate
Tuesdays, March 11 and 25; April 8 and 22, 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.

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.

Free First Saturdays

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Dina Velikovskaya, My Strange Grandfather, 2011

Image: courtesy the artist

Aleksander Nordaas, Mushroom Monster, 2013

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Aleksandra Zareba, The Little Red Paper Ship, 2013

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Free First Saturdays

Image: Nous Vous, ©Walker Art Center

Free First Saturdays

Image: Nous Vous, ©Walker Art Center