Cantor Arts Center Presents a Day of Free Activities for Families
Sunday, April 2, from 11 am to 3 pm
Family Day: Childhood in 19th-Century America
Storytellers, musicians, and art projects offer a glimpse into American life in the 19th-century. This program features children's art activities inspired by the exhibition American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America, including bookmaking, loom weaving, and stitching. The exhibition, with a hands-on replica of a 19th-century classroom, includes paintings, prints, photographs, and books by celebrated American artists. Lunches available for sale can be enjoyed at picnic tables in the Cantor Arts Center's Rodin Sculpture Garden. Visitors may also bring lunch to eat in the Garden.
Sunday, April 2, 2006, 11 am to 3 pm
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University Located on the north side of the Stanford Campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way
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Admission to the Cantor Arts Center and Family Day is free. Open to the public. No reservations.
Family Day is organized by Next Generation, a group of Cantor Arts Center members dedicated to fostering the development of the “next generation” of Center members and volunteer leaders.
Programs, Family Day: 650-725-3155; General Visitor Information: 650-723-4177
Next Generation at Cantor Arts Center Presents Family Day: Childhood in 19th-Century America
Stanford, California—The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University announces Family Day, open free to the public, Sunday, April 2, 2006, from 11 am to 3 pm. This event, planned in conjunction with the exhibition American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America, presents art and craft projects, musicians, and storytellers to depict the era and bring the 1800s to life for children.
"Step back in time to the 19th century and experience childhood in early America," said Amy Salisbury, chair of the Family Day Committee of Next Generation, a group of members dedicated to fostering the development of the next generation of Cantor Arts Center members and volunteer leaders. "With the exhibition as our inspiration, we've planned a wonderful day filled with art and craft projects reminiscent of children's activities of the period, exploring life in the new America as seen through the eyes of children. Plan to spend the day and picnic on the beautiful grounds of the Cantor Arts Center. Kid-friendly food will be available for sale."
Children can participate in pastimes typical of the 19th century, including bookmaking, weaving cloth at a loom, stitching patterns, and games like Cat's Cradle. In addition to hands-on projects, a storyteller will share tales of the life and times of our forefathers while sitting at her spinning wheel. Musicians and singers will fill the Center with songs from the days of Tom Sawyer and early-American life. Visitors can visit a hands-on replica of a 19th-century classroom that is part of the "American ABC" exhibition, use toys and teaching tools, and peruse ABC books and children's literature of the era.
American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America, which includes paintings by Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, and George Catlin, is one of the most comprehensive art exhibitions in recent decades to deal with American childhood. The exhibition demonstrates how portrayals of the nation's youngest citizens took on an important symbolic role in the United States' long journey towards maturity. The exhibition provides a window into the everyday life of the period—the world of families, children's pastimes, and the routines of the schoolhouse.
Family Day is made possible in part by the Silverman Fund and Stanford Continuing Studies.
Family Day is open free to the public, with no reservation or sign-up. There is ample, free parking on the weekend. For Family Day information call 650-725-3155.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Christian A. Zabriskie, 1950. Photograph © 1999 The Metropolitan Museum of Art