Don't Miss "Animals Illuminated" Family Day!

January 18, 2013

The Jewish Museum hosts a fun-filled afternoon of music, puppets, art & more!

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This Sunday, January 20th, from 12 noon to 4pm, The Jewish Museum (located at 1109 5th Avenue at 92nd Street) will host a fun-filled, multi-generational event celebrating the exhibition Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from The Bodleian Libraries, featuring over 60 works – Hebrew, Arabic and Latin manuscripts – many never seen in the U. S. before.  Perfect for kids ages 3 and up, the event will feature two performances by Father Goose, a huge drop-in art workshop, original puppets and costumes with the Puppeteers' Cooperative, calligraphy demonstrations, and family tours.  The best part?  It's all free with your Museum admission.  Just check out this fabulous lineup of events, all of which are sure to provide an entertaining and educational escape from the brisk winter weather:

12:30pm & 2:30pm:  Performances by Father Goose
Kids can enjoy the funky Caribbean sounds of Father Goose and dance to hits from his CD, It's a Bam Bam Diddly.

12:30pm to 2:30pm:  Puppet Transformations
Kids can become animal creatures with original large-scale pieces created by the Puppeteers Cooperative, a group of artists and puppeteers working in cities around the nation to create giant puppet parades, pageants, and ceremonies of celebration, using simple materials and movements to build cardboard extravaganzas.  These beautifully designed, larger-than-life animal puppet costumes include a bird, dragon, cat and more.

12 noon to 4pm:  Drop-In Art Workshop - Golden Illustrations & Animal Crowns
Children will create illuminated works of art inspired by the colorful manuscripts on view in the Crossing Borders exhibition, using watercolors and golden accents of color, decorative patterns and forms drawn from nature.  Participants also will be able to create animal crowns using paper, wire and other mixed-media.

1pm to 3pm:  Calligraphy Exploration Studio
Expert calligrapher Ted Kadin will demonstrate various forms of calligraphy in English and Hebrew letters.  Kids can take turns forming beautiful letters and incorporate what they learn into their art projects.

1:15pm, 2pm & 3:15pm:  Manuscript Wonders Spotlight Tours
Educators will offer brief tours with a sketching opportunity, spotlighting illuminated manuscripts on view in the exhibition, Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries.

All Day:  Self-Guided Family Exhibition Tours
Specialized printed family gallery hunts for Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries will be available.

Sounds amazing, right?  You can drop in for just one or two activities, or stay for the entire day and enjoy music, art, calligraphy and more all afternoon long.  And did I mention that it's all absolutely free with your museum admission?  How great is that?  The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 5th Avenue at 92nd Street.  For more information, visit the Museum's website. 

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for which I received compensation.  The opinions expressed herein are, as always, entirely my own.

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