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Saturdays at UNT Art Galleries offers fun for entire family

Saturdays at UNT Art Galleries offers fun for entire family

Saturdays at UNT Art Galleries offers fun for entire family
March 21
00:25 2014

Ashley Salazar / Intern Writer

UNT Art Galleries’ second of four family programs of the year is Saturday and welcomes the public as well as families who are interested in educating themselves about art.

The free event begins at 1 p.m. on March 22 at the UNT Art Gallery located at 1201 W. Mulberry St., and will offer events such as artist presentations, poetry readings, storytelling, improvisation and art-making activities designed for audiences in kindergarten through 12th grade. There will be some variations for younger learners and parents who want to participate as well.

“Each program is unique in its offerings, allowing audiences to engage with each new exhibition in a new exciting way,” said Katy Stewart, manager of programming at the UNT galleries. “Our aim is to engage families in fun and creative experiences that allow them to make the UNT Art Gallery a Saturday destination.”

The student chapter of the National Art Education Association plans and implements all of the art activities offered for this program, and the UNT Art Galleries only offers these programs on four Saturdays throughout each year. Each one is planned in conjunction with an upcoming visual art exhibition in the gallery.

“It’s a great way for people to experience new cultures and ideas in a friendly and inviting setting,” said UNT communications alum Ramzi Ghazaleh, who previously attended a program for extra credit.

The exhibition that will be highlighted on Saturday is “Marking a Course,” which features works by artists Michael O’Keefe, Matt Duffin and art education doctoral student David Herman, who will also be a guest speaker.

“For this program, we are excited to have David Herman as our guest speaker,” Stewart said. “He will lead students and parents in a digital photography workshop that will teach young, aspiring photographers new skills.”

Herman serves as co-founder and creative director of Preservation LINK, Inc., a Dallas-based education agency that works to educate youth through visual and new media arts. Herman is a traveling photographer and uses his art to help children understand the importance of learning.

Ddigital cameras will be available at the event for use, program manager Shay Youngblood said. Participants and parents also have the option to bring their own digital cameras, iPads and iPhones for personal photography.

“Through our partnership with the student chapter of the National Art Education Association, we are now able to offer four programs per year that are free and open to the public,” Stewart said.  “These programs are a free and fun way to spend time with family and friends being creative and experiencing art.”

Attendees can RSVP at gallery@unt.edu.

Feature photo: Kids try on masks during last years family program event. Photo courtesy of UNT Art Gallery

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