Stories and Art of the American West: A Festival for All Ages
Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Above: Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830–1902). The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak (detail), 1863. Oil on canvas; 73 1/2 x 120 3/4 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1907 (07.123)
Save the Date: March 8, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
«It's time for another festival! Encompassing three collection departments, two special exhibitions, and countless collaborators, the Museum is excited to present Stories and Art of the American West: A Festival for All Ages.»
Educators and artists will be on hand to help highlight our collections and exhibitions; exciting performances will fill our galleries with movement, music, and storytelling; and, as always, visitors will be provided with the instruction and materials needed to make their own art inspired by the original works in the Met's galleries.
The festival schedule includes performances by the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, the Federation of Black Cowboys, and Singing Cowboy Ernie Sites. A demonstration of beading and porcupine quillwork will inspire you to view works in the Gallery for the Art of Native North America with new eyes, and educators and a guitar-maker will open your eyes and ears to Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin. Draw and sculpt in the different art-making opportunities, and enjoy storytime in Tot Spot: The Wild West with the very youngest visitors. Finally, learn about some of the people who inhabited the vast American West with educators stationed in the exhibition The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925.
All performances and activities—specially designed for visitors of all ages—are free with Museum admission. As always, children under 12 enjoy free admission when accompanied by an adult.
We look forward to seeing all of you on March 8 for a day of celebration and fun!
See the full schedule of festival events.
Stories and Art of the American West: A Festival for All Ages is made possible by the Great Circle Foundation. It is presented by the Museum's Multicultural Audience Development Initiative and the Education Department in consultation with Cool Culture.