Family members celebrating the work of an Iona artist. Photo: James R. Brantley
I’ve been working on the museum’s Creative Aging program for over a year now, and to celebrate the current exhibition, the Phillips hosted a reception this past weekend for friends, families, and artists whose work is on view.
Over 100 visitors attended the reception, and what resonated most for me was the sense of pride many of the artists and families felt about seeing the artworks on view. One artist stated, “Thank you everyone for celebrating with us our artwork. It gives encouragement to make other works of art.” Another family member said, “We are so moved by this beautiful exhibit and the wonderful work. Thank you!”
But, I think one my favorite remarks written in the comment book said, “In line color and spirit—imagination lives at all ages.” My colleague at Iona, art therapist Jackie McGeehan, made this video to encapsulate the energy, ideas, and process behind the display. Have a look, and let us know what you think!
The October edition of Phillips after 5 took inspiration from The Washington Ballet’s upcoming production of Dracula (October 24-November 4) and, of course, one of the year’s most festive holidays– Halloween. In case you missed the sold-out event, check out my short video of very talented students from TWB@THEARC performing choreography from Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Or better yet, get a ticket to the ballet and go see Dracula in person (Phillips after 5 guests receive an exclusive offer of 15%-off tickets to all performances. Follow @PhillipsMuseum on Twitter to find out more)!
My husband and son participating in the art activity at the Kreeger Museum. Photo: Brooke Rosenblatt
Phillips devotees know that the museum’s annual Jazz ‘n’ Families Fun Days occur on the first weekend in June, and we also have a great Discovery Pack for adults and children to use together when they visit the museum any day.
In addition to these resources, I’m always looking for new opportunities for free-spirited, art-related family fun. This fall, several organizations in the metropolitan area are offering great programs, and best of all they are free! Here’s a recent adventure undertaken by my own museum-going family and a few upcoming events we’re looking forward to.
Last Sunday we participated in the Biennial Kreeger Museum Open House. My husband, our two-year-old son, and I all enjoyed the story time and the sculptural stick art project designed by Eileen Wold. We took the opportunity to experience Dan Steinhilber’s special exhibition Marlin Underground. My son particularly loved seeing how the artist used an array of everyday objects to make music.
October offers other free opportunities for families at area cultural organizations. This Sunday, we’re headed to Artisphere for Free Family Day Open House. We went last year and discovered a magic performance by David London, who I’m pleased to see will return this year. Later in the month we’re checking out the Corcoran’s Community Day, which looks really great with a series of fun art making workshops.
Hope to see you there, and please feel free to share other family-oriented programs you know about in the comments section!