Celebrate the end of summer through movement in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Watch a performance by the Somali Museum Dance Troupe, groove at the Kids’ Dance Party, learn about kinetic sculptures, and participate in a workshop led by a professional dancer.
Free First Saturdays feature free gallery admission on the first Saturday of every month, plus performances, games, art-making, and kids’ films from 10 am to 3 pm. Family friendly food options are available or bring something from home to snack on in the museum’s public spaces.
Performance: Kids’ Dance Party
10 am–2 pm
The Kids’ Dance Party is returning to the Garden! Dance your heart out to beats spun by local DJ Airman Heat.
Workshop: Kenna-Camara Cottman
11 am and 1 pm
Travel through time and space with traditional West African Dance. Shake yourself free with Afro-Caribbean Dance. Jazz it up! Soothe your SOUL! Say it LOUD! Break it down (bust it down), snap it up! WHOA! Come on a journey through the many styles of Black Dance. Mx. Kenna is your guide as you twist and groove. Workshops are approximately 45 min.
Art-Making Activity: Balancing Act
10 am–3 pm
Join artist Zoja Chmielarczyk to learn about 3D composition and kinetic sculpture by making your own mobile, inspired by the work of Alexander Calder.
Art-Making Activity: Kinetic Painting
10 am–3 pm
Create an abstract painting using everyday objects like marbles, toy cars, and bouncy balls.
Performance: Somali Museum Dance Troupe
Watch the Somali Museum Dance troupe perform traditional dances from different regions across Somalia.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Tour
Discover a new favorite artwork in the Garden on a participatory tour for kids from a Walker-trained educator. Meet at the Main Entrance to the Walker Art Center.
English, 12 noon
Spanish, 1 pm
Zoja Chmielarczyk is an interdisciplinary artist and art educator based in Minneapolis. Their work in soft sculpture, comics, and installation examines systems of support and entanglement within close communities and reflects on queer love and companionship.
Kenna-Camara Cottman is a dance educator repping North Minneapolis and Black dance. They run Voice of Culture Drum+Dance; are a teacher at Bright Water Montessori, TU Dance Center, and 21st Century Dance at Liberty Church; and help to manage the Northside Healing Space. Cottman is a proud member of BLAQ, Soul Beautiful, the Village, and North Community Theater.
The Somali Museum Dance Troupe studies and perform traditional dances from different regions across Somalia. The Troupe is made up of high school and college students from the Minneapolis metro who are passionate about sharing their Somali culture.
Pledge Party Team specializes in Kids’ Dance Parties led by National DJ Airman Heat. The company has hosted Kids’ Dance Parties all across the state of Minnesota and the country.