Walker Art Center’s January Free First Saturday Program is Fables & Fairytales.
The January 7 event includes a performance of Hmong Tiger Tales by Mu Performing Arts at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Walker Cinema. Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month.
Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures, and hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12. Jumble your favorite bedtime tales and storybook adventures! These workshops, performances, art-making activities, and films are designed to expand your imagination and tickle your funny bone.
Hmong Tiger Tales includes three fun short plays based on Hmong folk stories about tigers. Tiger and Crow tells the story of how the crow tricked the tiger into having fewer cubs, explaining why tigers are so rare.
Mother Tigress tells the story of a tiger who raises a child who later discovers her birth family in a village. Finally, in Yer and the Tiger a young girl uses her wit and courage to escape the jaws of a clever tiger who has infiltrated her family.
Hmong Tiger Tales piece will last about 35 minutes, afterwards there will be a mask workshop where kids can try on the masks, practice different poses, get their pictures taken wearing the masks.
The Film Josué and the Cassavastalk will be screened in the U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. When Josué trades his donkey for a ‘magic cassava”, he discovers that it is not only beans which can lead to a fantastic adventure. This Brazilian version of Jack and the Beanstalk is directed by Diogo Viegas.
Art Activity: Turn a Tale will be held in the Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Create a fable of your own. In this activity led by Ilene Krug Mojsilov, spin a wheel to invent characters and see where the story takes them.
Theater Workshop: Telling Tales will be held in Gallery 8 at 10:30 a.m. and noon. Families get together to re-create and act out some favorite stories and fairy tales in this fun, interactive theater workshop with the Children’s Theatre Company.
Drawing from well-known children’s books and authors such as the Brothers Grimm, Dr. Seuss, and Eric Carle, families create characters and explore ways to express themselves onstage. Participants have an opportunity to share their stories at the end of the session.
Join guest artist Paulino Brenner for a Fable Making activity that lets you create, design and perform your own take on famous allegories like the Tortoise and Hare or the Lion and Mouse. Families will construct puppets and then act out the story in a mini puppet theater.
Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate will be held Jan. 10 and 24, from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Walker Art Center. Free with gallery admission; Walker members and kids ages 12 and under are always free.
What do hip kids and their (possibly) cooler parents do to spark creativity? Attend Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, featuring activities for adults and youngsters ages 3–5. Join us each month on the second and fourth Tuesdays for art projects, films, gallery activities, and story time. Free with gallery admission; Walker members and kids ages 12 and under are always free.