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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 Sonic Circus and Performance Play and Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate

Minneapolis, June 20, 2014—The Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids programs in July and August include the Free First Saturday Family events Sonic Circus (Saturday, July 5, 10 am– 3 pm), featuring a day of adventurous music-making, and Performance Play (Saturday August 2, 10 am– 3 pm), August’s Free First Saturday event.

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, films, gallery adventures, and hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.

July Free First Saturday: Sonic Circus
Saturday, July 5, 10 am–3 pm

Local sound art duo Beatrix*JAR will curate an unforgettable First Free Saturday in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Whimsical audio delights and activities led by local sound artists and musicians that will have kids tapping their feet and creating their own beautiful sounds.

About Beatrix*JAR
Bianca Pettis (Beatrix) and Jacob Aaron Roske (JAR)

Their approach to work is play. Beatrix*JAR creates exciting electronic sound collage utilizing modified battery-powered children’s toys, AM radios paired with flash cameras and found sounds. They provide unique programming that includes community audio collaborations, hands-on audio play sessions, live performances, circuit bending workshops, demonstrations and hands-on sound collage workshops.

Circuit bending, the direct result of experimentation and play, is the act of modifying the circuit board of a battery-powered children’s instrument or keyboard to unleash sounds the manufacturer never intended. Circuit bending themes include electronics, recycling, science and sound art.

Their work has been featured at the Minnesota History Center, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, American Visionary Art Museum, the Hammer Museum and the St. Paul and Minneapolis public library systems to name a few. Beatrix*JAR has released three albums of note: I Love You Talk Bird, Golden Fuzz and Art Star and are also recipients of a 2010 Archibald Bush Artists Fellowship in Media Arts.

Artist-led activities will include making original noises with a variety of hand-modified musical instrument, creating unexpected sounds using household objects, and listening to performances by local musicians in unexpected places in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Free First Saturday, Sonic Circus, events include:

Cooking Vinyl
In the tradition of sound collage and Musique Concrète, Danny Sigelman an artist, musician, writer and DJ from Minneapolis, will be utilizing several vintage records, record players and tape machines. Noting the tactile qualities and technical aspects of past music, this piece will juxtapose multiple sound sources for a new perspective.

Discover the Music in Your Name
Match your name to notes on a keyboard by creating your own color coded score. Throughout the day, name scores will be played and collected for sonata. This activity will be led by Ed Vogel from Piano Lab.

Wind Harps
Artist and composer Philip Blackburn has taken an ancient concept—the Aeolian harp—and constructed contemporary instruments using fishing line, coat hangers and cat food cans. Listen to the song of the weather as vibrations in the wires produce ever-shifting audible clouds of Platonic harmonies.

August Free First Saturday: Performance Play
Saturday, August 2, 10 am–3 pm

What do you get when you combine fresh air and invigorating ideas? Outdoor adventures that includes LARPing (live action role playing) in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden inspired by nature, play, art, theater and more.

Arty Pants: Nature Made
Tuesdays, July 8 and 22; August 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 activities for adults and youngsters ages 3–5. Make art using natural materials, watch a film, go on a scavenger hunt and more. Visit often this summer!

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.


Photo by Emily Floyd