The Walker Art Center’s popular Free First Saturday program celebrates an important milestone with A Family Reunion: 15 Years of Family Fun, 10 am–4 pm on Saturday, July 1. Featured events include performances by local music talents the International Reggae All-Stars, Dosh, and Melodious Owl; art-making activities creating pictures of Spoonbridge and Cherry and landscape works with recycled materials; a hip-hop dance workshop with dancer Angel Sandro; a story reading by Leif Jurgensen of Children’s Theatre Company; a photo lab where kids’ portraits can be uploaded to mnartists.org for all to see; and a tour of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden guided by Shannon Steven.
Activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event of rain, outdoor events will be canceled or moved indoors, not rescheduled.
Free First Saturdays are for Families!
A Family Reunion: 15 Years of Family Fun
Saturday, July 1, 10 am–4 pm
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Happy 15th anniversary, Free First Saturday! Celebrate a tradition of family fun with a picnic, live music, and artful adventures. A blanket, packed lunch, and sunscreen are strongly recommended.
Art-Making for the Entire Family: Salty Scene, 10 am–3 pm
What happens when you mix watercolor paint with salt? Find out as you make a picture of Spoonbridge and Cherry. It’s a scientific splash!
Workshop: Drop-in and Dance, 10 am–12 noon
Shake yourself silly! Join dancer Angel Sandro and try out some basic hip-hop dance moves.
Story Time: Festive Folklore, 10:30 am, 12:30 and 2:30 pm
The party mood swells as Children’s Theatre Company storyteller Leif Jurgensen presents merrymaking myths about ways people celebrate good times in many different cultures.
Performance: Family Jam Sessions, 11 am, 1 and 3 pm
World, reggae, jazz, punk, and new wave sounds emanate from the main stage from a line-up of local musical talents, including International Reggae All-Stars at 11 am, Dosh at 1 pm, and Melodious Owl at 3 pm. Warning: Rhythms are contagious and may inspire dancing.
Art-Making for the Entire Family: Hide and Sze!, 11 am–3 pm
Hidden treasures abound in the Garden. Search for Sarah Sze’s multi-part installation Grow or Die in the Cowles Conservatory before heading to the mobile art lab Walker on Wheels to make your own urban landscape from recycled materials. Led by Christina Alderman.
Garden Tour: See and Sketch, 12 noon, 1 and 2 pm
Pick up a pencil and sketchpad for this drawing tour of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden guided by Shannon Steven.
mnartists.org presents: Artists’ Portraits, 1–3 pm
Become a part of mnartists.org’s collection of Minnesota artists. Bring one of your Free First Saturday creations to the photo station by Spoonbridge and Cherry, and mnartists.org staff will take your picture and upload it to their Web site, where your art can be seen by you and thousands of visitors.
mnartists.org is a project of the McKnight Foundation and the Walker Art Center.