The Akron Art Museum will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16. Museum staff members plan a family living room atmosphere, with family-oriented activities for all ages, ranging from games and stories, to make and take family photos and printmaking projects. Admission is free, and the numerous family-friendly activities will be offered for visitors of all ages.
Akron Art Museum Educator Amanda Crowe designed the event to bring families together by creating a family living room-like sensibility in the museum lobby. Visitors can bedazzle a family portrait, design and play a board game using bottle-caps, and enjoy storytelling in the museum galleries.
“For the family portrait activity, families are recognized as works of art in themselves as well as a starting point for meaningful conversations about shared family values at home and in our community,” Crowe said. “Family members can stretch their preconceived notions of one another when they dress up and place themselves in front of the lens of an instant, Polaroid-style camera. The activity is inspired by the Mickalene Thomas painting Girlfriends and Lovers that’s on view in the gallery now.”
Other artwork-inspired activities include a printmaking project corresponding to art on view by Alma Thomas and Radcliffe Bailey, a dream-catcher station featuring sculptural wire and weaving related to works on view in “Intersections,” and a bottle-cap board game project related to Dzesi II, a sculptural artwork by El Anatsui.
Crowe said, “There are fun, engaging activities for all ages—babies through school-age kids and adults. It’s all meant to evoke the kinds of things families do together in their living rooms: look at family photos, share stories and games and, most importantly, for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of the family unit. It’s an afternoon to recharge that bond with your loved ones, stretch the imagination and create new memories for the family scrapbook.”
The Akron Art Museum is located at1 S. High St.
Family Days are made possible with support from the Dominion Foundation and the R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation.