Family Programing at the Speed Museum

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In the bountiful array of children’s literature, no author is better known and respected than the Greek storyteller, Aesop. A former slave who was physically disfigured and suffered from a speech impediment, Aesop possessed a rare and valuable knowledge: he could read and write. By his wit and clever turn of phrase, he was freed by his master and became known for his story telling. Using animals as characters, he served up life lessons and morals in a tasty and digestible cupcake of a story. After more than 2,500 years, his commentary on human behavior and insightful truths on subjects ranging from psychology and politics to spirituality, education, health and well being, are still relevant and entertaining in the twenty-first century. In Madcap’s production, Aesop is an old man recalling three of our best-loved stories re-told by a cast of puppets-and you!  Will there be a giant puppet? Of course! Following the performance Aesop will stay to discuss his animal friends and answer questions.

Members: Adults $7, Child $6 Non-members: Adults $8, Child $7

Tickets may be purchased at the museum Front Desk. (Auditorium)

SATURDAY, January 31, 11 AM & 1 PM

SUNDAY, February 1, 1 & 3 PM

Art Sparks Family Studio: Found Object Project

SATURDAY, February 14, 12-3 PM

Try your hand at using everyday items to create extraordinary sculptures! With a focus on abstraction and assemblage, families can learn from Louise Nevelson’s techniques for creating art from found objects. With a focus on engaging with the museum’s current exhibitions and exploring art techniques, Family Art Sparks Studios bring art alive through fun and unique activities.  Typically offered the second and fourth Saturday year round from 12- 3 PM.  Free with $5 admission to Art Sparks.

Rhythm and Roots Family Day

SUNDAY, February 15, 12-3 PM

Join us for a day of family fun at the Speed! Come see and hear how rhythm is created and displayed at this family event.  Activities will include art and music making, storytelling, and a performance of the Wizard of Oz by Frisch Marionettes.  Admission is free.

Art Sparks Family Studio: Found Object Project

SATURDAY, February 28, 12-3 PM

Try your hand at using everyday items to create extraordinary sculptures! With a focus on abstraction and assemblage, families can learn about Louise Nevelson’s techniques for creating art from found objects. With a focus on engaging with the museum’s current exhibitions and exploring art techniques, Family Art Sparks Studios bring art alive through fun and unique activities.  Typically offered the second and fourth Saturday year round from 12 - 3 PM.  Free with $5 admission to Art Sparks.

Madcap Puppet Theatre Presents Tales of the Silk Road

SATURDAY, February 28, 11 AM & 1 PM

Marco Polo was only 17 years old when he started his travels to China. He followed the ancient Silk Road through lands such as Mongolia, India, Tibet, Persia, and the Parthian Empire, where the people known as the “Seres”, or “Silk People”, lived. What he saw was beyond anything he could have imagined, and he returned home with many treasures. But the most amazing treasures were his stories. In fact, he became known as “The Man of a Thousand Stories”. With puppets as awesome as Marco Polo’s stories and your help, Madcap invites you to relive some of these stories, meet the “Silk People”, and learn how the secrets of making silk came to the West many centuries ago.  There will also be performances of Tales of the Silk Road on Sunday, March 1 at 1 & 3 PM.

Members: Adults $7, Child $6 Non-members: Adults $8, Child $7Tickets may be purchased at the museum Front Desk. (Auditorium)

MARCH Madcap Puppet Theatre Presents Tales of the Silk Road SATURDAY, March 1, 1 PM & 3 PM

Members: Adults $7, Child $6Non-members: Adults $8, Child $7Tickets may be purchased at the museum Front Desk. (Auditorium)

Art Sparks Family Studio: West African Dolls SATURDAY, March 14, 12-3 PM

With a focus on engaging with the museum’s current exhibitions and exploring art techniques, Family Art Sparks Studios bring art alive through fun and unique activities.  Typically offered the second and fourth Saturday year round from 12- 3 PM.  Free with $5 admission to Art Sparks.

Art Sparks Family Studio: West African Dolls SATURDAY, March 28, 12- 3 PM 

With a focus on engaging with the museum’s current exhibitions and exploring art techniques, Family Art Sparks Studios bring art alive through fun and unique activities.  Typically offered the second and fourth Saturday year round from 12- 3 PM.  Free with $5 admission to Art Sparks.

APRIL Spring Splurge Family Day WEDNESDAY, April 1, 11- 3 PM Shed your hibernating creativity and plant the beginnings of a season of art making.  Adults and children alike will enjoy a day filled with fun art activities, music making, dancing, and gallery tours.  Admission is free.

The Speed Art Museum is located at 2035 South Third Street in Louisville.  Other features of the museum include a hands-on Art Learning Center for families, a café and gift shop.  Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The museum is closed on Mondays.  For general information, call (502) 634-2700 or visit www.speedmuseum.org.

 

 

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