FREE FIRST SATURDAY: CABIN FEVER 2019
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Winter is a great time to engage with art, get cozy with fiber crafts, and learn about new artistic genres. This February, get out of the house and bring your family to the Walker for special winter activities—both inside AND outside. Participate in hands-on art-making and ambient music workshops, watch a winter adventure film, and—snow allowing!—tour the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on snowshoes.
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.
Art-Making: Sweater Friends
10 am–3 pm
Are you so sick of wearing your winter sweaters you want to just tear them apart?! You can do this, all while learning about the long tradition of fiber arts. Using secondhand sweaters and socks, families will sew and stuff their own soft sculpture. You can also pitch into a group installation made from yarn and shredded sweaters! (We will have sweaters for you to use—but feel free to BYO!).
This activity is designed by Minneapolis-based fiber artist Vatina McLaurin, who creates soft sculpture installations and hanging works knit out of deconstructed found fabric. McLaurin is also a preschool teacher at the arts-based South Minneapolis non-profit Urban Arts Academy.
Film: Belle and Sebastian
Boy-and-dog duo Belle and Sebastian adventure through snow and ice in WWII-occupied France. On the border of Switzerland, six-year-old Sebastian tames the enormous yet gentle mountain dog Belle. Despite the fears of the local villagers, Belle quickly becomes Sebastian’s best friend and protector.
In French with English subtitles. This is a relaxed screening; families are encouraged to read the subtitles aloud to children who are not yet reading. Directed by Nicolas Vanier. 2014, DCP, 99 minutes.
Music Workshop: School of Fish
10 am–1 pm
You and your loved ones can become part of a special School of Fish in this interactive ambient sound experience. Like the natural magic of fish coming together and apart in water, the group will explore what different instruments sound like in an improvised context and enjoy the free coalescence of music. Local composer Michael Legan will be melding this river of sounds using live processing and an open ear for sonic assemblage.
Michael Legan is a composer and sound artist based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Snowshoe Tours: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
10:30 am–1:30 pm
See the Garden like never before: on snowshoes! Snowshoes will be available for kids and adults courtesy of the University of Minnesota Center for Outdoor Adventure.
Walker Shop Event
Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, February 2
Walker Shop, 11am
Find the perfect piece for your special someone! Join us in the Walker Shop to mingle with four local makers: Helen Wang, Madison Holler of Rubinski Works, Emma Carroll of EMdsign, and Meghan Nelson of Dottir Jewelry.
Proceeds support the Walker’s award-winning artistic and educational programs. Visit shop.walkerart.org.
SENSORY FRIENDLY SUNDAY
Sunday February 10, 2019
Walker Art Center, Free
This month, visitors will build a sculpture inspired by their identity in a workshop with teaching artist Roman Feldhahn.
Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly event designed for kids, teens, and adults with sensory processing differences, autism spectrum disorder, or developmental disabilities. The galleries will be closed to the general public, allowing visitors to enjoy the museum in a calm environment with accommodations such as quiet spaces, noise-canceling headphones, and sunglasses available. Experience the Walker’s exhibitions, participate in a new art-making activity, or watch a short film.
While walk-ins are welcome, we encourage you to reserve your space ahead of time. Registration is available below.
To prepare for your visit, check out the Social Narrative. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-375-7610. This program was created in consultation with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) and the University of Minnesota’s Occupational Therapy Program.