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Press Releases Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids Programs in January Feature the First Free Saturday Event from Morocco to the Moon and Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate

Minneapolis, December 20, 2013—Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids program in January 2014 features the free First Saturday event From Morocco to the Moon, a day of family activities inspired by the exhibition Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Join us for a day of adventure, storytelling, and cultural exploration and Travel to far-off places while touring the galleries. Come delight in awesome local artists and fun activities of all kinds. The Walker presents Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, the popular program designed to nurture creativity and engage a child’s mind, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month featuring 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 hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.

January Free First Saturday: From Morocco to the Moon
Saturday, January 4, 10 am–3 pm


Performance: North African Music by Amwaaj
Walker Cinema
11 am and 1 pm

Discover the sounds of North African music performed by Tim O’Keefe, Amwaaj and special guests. You’ll hear the oud, nay, violin and percussions of many types. After each performance join the musicians on stage to explore and play different hand drums.

About Amwaaj

The idea of Amwaaj was born at an Arab music retreat twelve years ago. Amwaaj strives to create music between classical and traditional forms with a contemporary sensibility. Classical forms were influenced by Turkish music and include samae, beshraf, and longa, and are a reservoir for the rich and complex maqam (scale) system of music with distinctive microtones. Traditional music is a natural evolution of Ottoman-influenced music that reflects the varied regions and cultures of the Arab world. Amwaaj features Tim O’Keefe on percussion and oud, Salah Fattah on violin and oud, Dawn Doering on nay, Mohamed Lulu on accordion, and special guest vocalist Samir Addoun from Algeria.

Theater Workshop: Tales of Magic and Mystery
Garden Terrace Room
10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm

Travel with us from Morocco to Europe on the wings of our favorite fables and folk tales. Families work together in this fun, interactive theater workshop by Children’s Theatre Company. Delve into a Moroccan folk tale, The Girl Who Lived with Gazelles, and discover the surprising parallels and differences between this story and the familiar Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Explore the art of expressive storytelling and share your dramatic creations with others.

Film: Harbor Tales
10 am–5 pm
U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge

A red brick has been a part of the harbor mansion for 100 years, ceaselessly watching changes in the harbor. One day the brick decides to break away from the wall and go on an adventure. Directed by Yuichi Ito, 2011, 18 minutes.

Art making: Away We Go
10 am–3 pm
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab

Transport yourself to far off places in this stop-motion adventure.

Art Making: Freeze Frame
10 am–3 pm
Cargill Lounge

Make a miniature movie theater inspired by works of Yto Barrada. Invent characters, stories, scenes, and more as you imagine your film still.

Gallery Activities
11 am – 2 pm
Various Galleries

Ponder artworks through stories, writing, and poetry in these interactive guided experiences.

Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate
January 14 & 28, 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.

Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada is made possible by generous support from the Bentson Foundation.

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Raising Creative Kids

Photo courtesy: Walker Art Center

Free First Saturdays

Illustration: Nous Vous ©Walker Art Center

Opening of the exhibition Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada, 2013

Photo: ©Walker Art Center