Free Family Day at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art focuses on Celebrations around the World

EUGENE, Ore. -- (November 15, 2017) - 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 9, 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 join us for a day of creating art, enjoying performances and exploring the museum's galleries,” say Hannah Bastian, JSMA Manager of Museum education Programs. “This event will welcome the upcoming season by highlighting winter celebrations around the world.”


Art making activities include Nengajō (New Year Zodiac cards), Dancing Dragons, and woven bookmarks. Guests are also invited to create piñatas with Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art staff and volunteers. Parked on the north side of JSMA between the museum and Chapman Hall, will be Imagination International’s Artie the Art Bus, where families can create additional art activities. 


Performances throughout the day include storytelling with Cynthia Olsen from the Eugene Public Library, a puppet performance by the JSMA Dragon Puppet Theatre, and a musical performance by the Woodburn High School Mariachi Band. A family-friendly museum tour is offered in English and Spanish.


Family Day: Celebrations Around the World is sponsored by Friends of the JSMA, The Cheryl and Allyn Ford Educational Outreach Endowment, Imagination International Inc., and Centro Latino Americano.


Schedule of Events

Art Activities

12 – 3 pm
Nengajō, New Year Zodiac Cards
Dancing Dragons
Woven Bookmarks
Art Making with Artie the Art Bus



12:30-12:50 p.m.
Story Time with Cynthia Olsen, Eugene Public Library

1-1:30 p.m.
Dragon Puppet Theater


1:30-2 p.m.

Museum Highlights Tour


2-2:50 p.m.
Woodburn High School Mariachi Band


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. 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, Europe, and the Americas as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of seven museums—and the only academic art museum-- 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.


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


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