Family Programming at the Smart Museum of Art


You might think that you know all about the very best family programming in the city -- but I bet you that you don't know about the family offerings at the
Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. This hidden gem (seriously, very hidden) offers free family
programs featuring hands-on art activities and fun online resources
designed to inspire kids to think about and respond creatively to art.

Here are some highlights (get the ol' family calendar out for this one):

Family Day
upcoming family day, themed "Express Yourself," takes place on Sunday,
February 20, from 1-4 p.m. in conjunction with the museum's current
exhibition The Tragic Muse: Art and Emotion, 1700-1900. This drop-in
event will focus on how artists use color and body language to express
emotions in art. Participate in an actor-led workshop, create paper
collages and ready-to-wear masks that reveal emotion, and tour the

smARTkids @ the Library
second Saturday during the school year join the Smart Museum and the
Blackstone and Bessie Coleman branches of the Chicago Public Library for
free artist-led family workshops that include art projects and related

Creative Online Resources
Smart Museum offers a number of kid-friendly, creative and interactive
resources for exploring ideas in art. Visit the smARTkids Web site,
print out a gallery guide before your visit, or follow up with an
Artwork of the Month activity. Learn more about this fabulous family destination

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