What’s your favorite food? What does your family do for fun? Do you have any cousins? Do you speak more than one language? Cat or dog? Lizard or frog? Is your family religious? Are you? Think about these questions—both silly and serious—on this Free First Saturday exploring the exhibition I am you, you are too and issues of identity.
Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 6 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm.
Story Time: I Am Jazz, 11 am and 1 pm
Local educator and artist Jay Owen Eisenberg reads the children’s book I Am Jazz, by Jazz Jennings and author Jessica Herthel, and leads a discussion about transgender and nonbinary youth. Presented as part of the Human Rights Campaign and the National Education Association’s National I Am Jazz School and Community Readings, held annually on December 7, 2017.
Jazz Jennings, one of the first trans children to talk publicly about her identity, created the critically acclaimed I Am Jazz—her personal account of growing up transgender and the challenges she faced—to help schools and families teach young children about transgender youth and adults.
Short Film: Riceballs, 10 am–3 pm, on the half hour
A father and son overcome tragedy by embracing their Japanese heritage in multicultural Australia. Directed by Shingo Usami. 2015, Canada, 10 minutes.
Art-Making: I am me secret ID, 10 am–3 pm,
There’s more to you than meets the eye! Create a wearable ID badge that shows off something special about you.
Jay Owen Eisenberg is an actor, writer, and arts educator. He is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and serves on the board of directors of Mixed Blood Theatre, where works as the transgender community organizer. He is also a teaching artist-in-residence at the Guthrie Theater and a theatre arts training faculty member with Children’s Theater Company. Eisenberg received his BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Experimental Theater Wing.