Celebrations Around the World are Part of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s Free Family Day

EUGENE, Ore. -- (November 22, 2016)  - The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art invites families to spend a day at the museum enjoying free activities at “Celebrations Around the World” on Saturday, December 3, from noon to 3 p.m. on the University of Oregon campus.  This free family day will be filled with art activities for children of all ages and will be inspired by celebrations and artistic traditions from around the world.


“We invite families to spend the day viewing and creating art together,” say Arthurina Fears, JSMA Manager of Museum education Programs. “This is a great opportunity to explore the museum’s galleries, enjoy performances, storytelling, and learn about cross-cultural connections.“


Art making activities include drawing manga and creating origami with Imagination International, Inc., learning calligraphy with the Confucius Institute, and making Chinese New Year Dragons with Global Perspectives for Youth. Guests can create holiday cards and Ex Votos with Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art staff and volunteers. On the River Road Park Imagination Bus, parked near 15th and Kincaid outside the museum, families can create miniature paper lanterns. 


Performances throughout the day include storytelling and singing with Taylor Worley from the Springfield Public Library, a puppet performance by the JSMA Dragon Puppet Theatre, and Charrería (skillful roping) performance by Antonio Huerta. A family-friendly museum tour is offered in English and Spanish.


Family Day: Celebrations Around the World is sponsored by Imagination International, Inc., Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, Confucius Institute, and the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence.


Schedule of Events

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.​​ Free Art Activities

Draw Manga and Create Origami with Alisa Caves & Chihiro Howe, Imagination International, Inc. Resident Artists in Mangaka
​​​Holiday Cards
Calligraphy with the Confucius Institute
​​​Ex Votos
​​Chinese New Year Dragons with Global Perspectives for Youth
​​​​Miniature Paper Lanterns with the River Road Park Imagination Bus
12:20 – 12:40 p.m.
Dragon Puppet Theatre Performance of Raven and Petrel

1:00-1:20 p.m.
Story Time and Songs with Taylor Worley, Springfield Public Library
​Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales (bilingual, English and Spanish)
​All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson
​Issun Bōshi: The One Inch Boy (folk story from Japan)

1:30-2:15 p.m
Museum Highlights Tour
Tours available in English and Spanish

2:30-2:50 p.m.                        
Charrería (Skillful Roping) Performance by Antonio Huerta

About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest museum for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art based in a major university setting. The mission of the museum is to enhance the University of Oregon’s academic mission and to further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public.  The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, the Americas and Europe as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of seven museums in Oregon accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.


About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.


JSMA: Debbie Williamson Smith, 541-346-0942,


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