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Thursday, February 17, 2011

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IU Art Museum to host free Family ArtsWeekEnd Feb. 26, 27

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Feb. 17, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Art Museum will host a weekend of free afternoon workshops and activities for children and families on Feb. 26-27 (Saturday-Sunday).

Vistiors to Family ArtsWeekEnd can explore four primary areas of K-12 curricula -- history, math, science and literature -- as related to the visual arts. From 1 to 3 p.m. both days, the museum's education department will offer four curriculum-based gallery sessions and four hands-on workstations that showcase the visual arts as a vehicle for teaching and learning.

Each 30-minute gallery session will emphasize how artists from around the world and throughout the ages have clothed ideas in the language and media of the visual arts, using examples from the museum's extensive collection of worldwide art. Museum tour guides will tailor these curriculum-based gallery experiences to a range of age groups.

Saturday afternoon's program will focus on history and science, and Sunday afternoon's program will spotlight math and literature. Tour guides will be available throughout both afternoons to repeat gallery sessions as requested.

Workstations will be positioned on the first and second floors of the museum's Thomas T. Solley Atrium, where families can participate in hands-on projects coordinated with the gallery sessions. There will be two workstations each day. Practicum students and volunteers from the museum's education department will assist families with the various projects. At the end of each day's program, families can take home resource materials that are designed to extend the activities at home.

Live music will be provided by Bobbie Lancaster on Saturday and by Mitch and Eileen Rice on Sunday. Free refreshments will be provided, and no tickets are required.

"Family ArtsWeekEnd 2011" is made possible by a generous ArtsWeek 2011 grant through the IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Additional support comes from the IU Art Museum ARC Fund, Learning Treasures and Pygmalion's Art Supplies.

For more information, contact Jessica Reed at 812-855-9647 or at

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