Minnesota Museum of American Art Free Family Day – Sunday, January 20th

Admission to the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul (aka “the M”) is always free, but this Sunday, January 20th they’re offering some extra family fun activities! Enjoy Family Day: Onward! from 1 – 4 pm.

In the future, there will be art and we’ll make it together. What will it look like? It will look like us and the worlds that emerge from our imaginations. Welcome to your new museum, your playground for creativity and connection.

Interactive Storytelling: Main Gallery
Stories for the Future: Saint Paul Public Library Story Time (English & Spanish)
2:00 p.m. (Spanish) / 3:00 p.m. (English/ASL interpreted)
All ages
Saint Paul Public Library brings their beloved Story Time to the M, with a focus on sharing stories of better futures.

Making & Community Building: Wide Open Studio
Figure: Aki Shibata & Carrie Thompson
All ages
Aki and Carrie have made hundreds of clay figures that need your care. Select a figure, decorate it, think of one thing you love about yourself and one thing that would help you love yourself more, and then add your figure to the growing community of figures on the window shelves of Wide Open Studio. Together they represent a brighter future. You’ll also find comfortable seating and a small, kid-friendly library near this activity. Feel free to relax.

Making: Securian Studio
Sharing Light: Senah Yeboah-Sampong & Witt Siasoco
Ages 6+
Inspired by alchemy, Senah & Witt invite you to make candles with them that hold your wisdom and wishes. Prompted by the themes head, heart, and hands, you’re invited to write a phrase or draw a symbol on a small, metal disc, which is then placed in a glass cup and covered with wax to form a candle. Ceremonial candle lightings and poetry offerings rooted in the activity’s themes will take place at 2, 2:30, 3, & 3:30 p.m.

Making & Demo: Sculpture Court
Together We Weave a Web for Our Wishes, with artists from Weavers Guild of Minnesota
Ages 4+
With Sheila Pepe’s Softly …. Before the Supreme Court as visual inspiration, we learn how to weave a simple web, together, with yarn and other materials. Our Weavers Guild friends will offer one-on-one support and share a little about their own artmaking and what weaving means to them.

Family Guide: The Whole Museum
Age 5+ with help from a reader/writer
Pick up an M Family Guide at the welcome desk in the Reception Hall and find yourself on an adventure through the entire museum.

If you miss this Family Day, they’re offered three times per year on the third Sunday of January, May, and September from 1 – 4 pm. Suggested donation is $5 per family or group.

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