Family Day

Arts of Africa

Last occurred: Sunday, November 10 at 11:00 am

We’re celebrating the grand opening of the MIA’s newly redesigned African art galleries with a family-friendly event dedicated to the arts of Africa. Make a marvelous mask, hear fantastic folktales, or feel the groove with drum and dance workshops.


Music: Drumming
Noon & 1:30 p.m | Performances
12:30 & 2 p.m. | Workshops
Feel the rhythm with drumming performances and workshops from Duniya Drum & Dance.

Dance Performance: Voice of Culture
Noon, 1 & 2 p.m.
Move and groove with West African dance performances by Kenna Cottman and Voice of Culture.

Storytelling: African Folktales
12:30, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30
Hear fantastic folktales from across Africa with master storyteller Jerry Blue.

Art-making: Masks
11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Be inspired by the bold shapes and colors of the MIA’s Tabwa mask. Then make a marvelous mask of your own!

Art-making: Moroccan-style Jewelry
11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Create something fabulous using Moroccan silverworks as your inspiration.

Art-Making: Gold Weights
11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Use clay to create miniature gold sculptures in the style of Akan gold weights.

Gallery Hunt: Across Africa
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Explore the MIA’s brand-new African galleries, and hunt for objects from this diverse continent.

Tour: Safari Through Art
2 & 3:30 p.m.
Search for real and imaginary animals in works of art from around the world.

Art Cart: Africa
Noon–4 p.m.
Get hands-on and visit our newly revamped African Art Cart.

Special Exhibition: “The Audacious Eye: Japanese Art from the Clark Collections”
This first-look exhibition of highlights from the Clark Collections, recently acquired by the MIA, offers unusually rich insights into the scope of Japanese art and the nature of connoisseurship. Free on Family Day!

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Generous support for the reinstallation of the African galleries provided by: The Wallace Foundation Excellence Award, the W. Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Foundation, Bob Ulrich and Diane Sillik, and Dr. Mary Ruth Weisel.

National Endowment for the Humanities