Third Thursday: Constellations. Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Museum-wide, Minneapolis Institute of Art. Event host: Ameriprise Financial.

Family Day: Jazz

Join us for our free monthly event for families, kids, and the young at heart. On the second Sunday of every month, the museum is filled with hands-on art activities, live music, dance performances, artist demonstrations, family tours and more — all inspired by Mia’s incredible collection.

Get ready to jam and improvise to the magic that is jazz. Hear live music in the galleries, create improvisational collages and celebrate Black History Month together!

All-Day Activities

Painting Improvisations
Studios 111-113, first floor
Use yarn and tempera paint to create your very own improvisational painting. Be inspired by Vassily Kandinsky’s paintings (which he called “Improvisations”) and jazz music to guide your explorations of colors, rhythms, and forms.

Musical Collages
Reception Hall, third floor in Target Wing
Come dance, hear jazz music, and create a collaborative collage with guidance from teaching artist Akiko Ostlund. There will be live jazz music performances at 12:30PM, 1:30PM, and 2:30PM.

Interactive Activities
Gallery Hunt
General Mills lobby, first floor
Learn about the history and global impact of jazz through an exploration in the galleries. As a prize, get a reusable tote bag to carry all your Family Day art creations!

Interactive Activities
Rest and Read
Wells Fargo Room, first floor
Rest awhile and read books highlighting black authors, artists, and musicians in this cozy rest space.

Interactive Activities
Regis Fountain Court, second floor
Capture your jazzy memories from Family Day at our photobooth.

Timed Activities

Jazz Hop Dance Workshop
11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM
Target Wing Atrium, first floor
Groove and dance to the rhythms of jazz and hip hop! The 40 minute family dance workshop will be guided by New Black City, a dance collective of brown dancers who utilize dance as a way to activate social change.

Briand Morrison
11:30AM, 1PM, 3PM
Gallery 259
See how music and art connect as you hear the music of Briand Morrison, a jazz guitarist, whose music draws connections to his father George Morrison’s artworks on view in our galleries.

Stories of Wit and Wisdom
11:45AM, 1PM, 2PM
Gallery 373
Nothando brings to life, stories from the African Diaspora.  As president of Black Storytellers Alliance, she works to carry out its mission of perpetuating, preserving and promoting the oral tradition of Black storytelling.

Jazz Quartet
12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM
Reception Hall, third floor
Hear jazz tunes and improvisations by a local jazz quartet featuring Sarah M. Greer (vocals), Yohannes Tona (electric bass), Julian Manzara (guitar), and Kevin Washington (percussion).

Preschool Tour
11:30AM & 12:30PM, Meet in the main lobby, first floor
Go on a guided tour specially designed for little ones.

Black History Month Tour
1 PM, Meet in the main lobby, first floor

Arts of Africa
2PM, Meet in the main lobby, first floor

Also at the Museum

Art Cart
Noon -4 PM Gallery 259, second floor

Art Cart
Noon – 4PM Gallery 240, second floor

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Third Thursday: Constellations. Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Museum-wide, Minneapolis Institute of Art. Event host: Ameriprise Financial.