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Family Storytelling
Spring 2007

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For upcoming family programs, please see the event calendar.

Experience art through tall tales with Family Storytelling, a fun educational program that gives you and your kids new ways to look at and think about works of art.

The program is free. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the program. Arrive early to reserve your spot—spaces often fill up.

Lou Stratten Parties 18th-Century Style

Dates: Sundays, February 25, March 25, April 29, and May 20, 2007
Times: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Costumed characters of the past come to life in this interactive experience born from the imagination of musician and storyteller Lou Stratten.

Sing "1-2-3, 1-2-3, Stop and Look at the Painting!" as you discover the stories of the elegant children, ladies, gentlemen, and dogs at play in Nicolas Lancret's whimsical painting Dance Before a Fountain.

What are the children looking at so attentively? What is the girl holding in her lap? And what is the doctor carrying in his bag? Stratten helps you unlock your creative side with this upbeat family adventure that leads you into a rococo fantasy world full of song, dance, and gallantry.

Lou Stratten

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Michael McCarty Journeys from Africa to Europe

Dates: Sundays, February 11, March 11, April 8, and May 6, 2007
Times: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Very little is known about the man with a scar on his forehead depicted in Bust of a Man by Francis Harwood. But that won't stop world-travelling storyteller Michael D. McCarty—whose motto is "Have Mouth, Will Run It!"—from entrancing kids and parents alike with this gripping tale.

McCarty weaves a moving narrative about Kwaku, a gifted storyteller who is taken from his African village by slave traders as a young boy. Accompany Kwaku on his dramatic journey, from his reunion with a childhood friend in Barbados, to his European tour with an English duke, to his eventual emancipation and commemoration by Francis Harwood in 1758. McCarty brings an enthusiastic energy to this performance, which celebrates the unity and diversity of the human spirit.

Bust of a Man / Harwood

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