This Holiday Season, Bring the Outdoors Inside at a Free Family Day at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

EUGENE, Ore. -- (November 26, 2018) –  The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art invites families to spend a day at the museum enjoying free activities at “Bringing the Outdoors Inside” on Saturday, December 8, 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 the current exhibitions on view, including “Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials.”


"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 celebrate the outdoors and reflect upon our roles as stewards of the land.”

Art making activities include Bottle Cap Bugs with MECCA, watercolor landscapes, and terrarium biomes. Guests are also invited to practice Nature Calligraphy with the UO Confucius Institute. 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 the Springfield Public Library, a puppet performance by the JSMA Dragon Puppet Theatre, and a performance by Upstart Crow. A family-friendly museum tour is offered at 1:30 p.m. 


Family Day: Bringing the Outdoors Inside is made possible by the supporters of Transforming Lives: The JSMA at 85 Gala.


Schedule of Events

Art Activities

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Bottle Cap Bugs with MECCA
Nature Calligraphy with the UO Confucius Institute 
Watercolor landscapes
Terrarium Biomes
Art Making on Artie the Art Bus from Imagination International Inc.


12:30 p.m.       Story Time with Springfield Public Library
1 p.m.              Dragon Puppet Theatre
1:30 p.m.         Museum Highlights Tour
2 p.m.              Upstart Crow Performance


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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