Virtual Family Day

Every second Sunday of the month, Mia hosts a free monthly event for families, kids, and the young at heart featuring virtual hands-on art activities, music, dance performances, artist demonstrations, and more — all inspired by Mia’s incredible collection. 

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Virtual Family Day: Building Bridges

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month honoring the many bridges built by AAPI immigrants across cultures, languages, and peoples. Learn about Iranian-American artist Siah Armajani, whose powerful bridges and sculptures are Twin Cities treasures, and be inspired to build your own bridge. Connect the past, present, and future in a radical drawing activity led by local illustrator Tori Hong. Reflect on the vastness of the universe, and your part in it, with a “Part of the Universe” collage activity inspired by Yayoi Kusama. And continue to immerse yourself in poetry, dance, and visual art created by local AAPI artists in Mia’s Arts of Asia online portal.

Free Family Day Artist Totes

May Family Day Artist Totes, available at Mia while supplies last.

During May’s Family Day weekend (May 8–9, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.), you can pick up a free Family Day Artist Tote at Mia’s Third Avenue entrance. You’ll find materials like pipe cleaners, foam sheets, and markers to make a bridge inspired by Siah Armajani and a “Part of the Universe” collage inspired by Yayoi Kusama. Also, find an interactive guide to draw the future you want to see by local illustrator Tori Hong (who has put a cute surprise in each tote!). Materials in the kit complement the Virtual Family Day program’s activities but are not essential to enjoying the activities. Totes are available while supplies last. Click here to see the contents of this month’s totes.

Closer Look: Asian and Asian American Art


Asian American artists featured in Mia’s collection think big and small, private and public. Explore some of them in this quiz! Click the image above or click here to take the quiz.

Draw Your Future!

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“What do you want the future to look like? Who do you hope to be in that future?
Learn more about Tori Hong’s illustration of the “Abolitionist Elder” in this video.

Click here or the image below to download the guide to drawing your own vision of the future!
Tori is a local illustrator based in Minneapolis with Hmong and Korean roots.” (insert pdf after this text)

What do you want the future to look like? Who do you hope to be in that future? Learn more about Tori’s illustration of the “Abolitionist Elder” and click here to download the guide to drawing your own vision of the future. Tori is a local illustrator based in Minneapolis with Hmong and Korean roots.

Build a Bridge inspired by Siah Armajani

Learn more about the Iranian-American artist Siah Armajani whose sculptures can be found in parks and museums right here in Minnesota and around the world! Be inspired to make your own bridge using recycled materials. Click here for instructions.

Create a “Part of the Universe” collage inspired by Yayoi Kusama

Learn more about the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and make a collage inspired by one of her paintings at Mia! Click here for instructions.

Arts of Global Asia

Deepen your understanding and appreciation of Asian cultures, histories and people exploring the Arts of Global Asia website, an online resource dedicated to humanize the teaching of Asian arts and cultures co-developed by artists and educators at Mia.

This video of ”Safar: Journeys of Our Lives” by Ananya Dance Theatre is one of many featured in the Arts of Global Asia. Ananya Dance Theatre is a company of cultural activists and BIPOC women-and-femme artists who believe in the transformative power of dance.

Share Your Thoughts

We’d love to hear more about your experience and how we can continue to share activities that are meaningful and fun for your family. Click here to take our brief survey. Three responses selected randomly will receive a $10 gift card to the Store at Mia!

Family Day Program by Natalia Choi

More Virtual Family Day Activities

Virtual Family Day: Coloring My Feelings

Explore and express your feelings this Family Day with interactive art and dance activities. Draw various facial expressions on colorful watercolor blobs guided by local artist Maddy Buck, and watch her read her illustrated Book of Anger. Make a fan and learn to playfully dance with it in a virtual flamenco lesson by Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater. Also, brighten your view by making a vibrant design inspired by the stained glass windows from Mia’s Prairie School designed Purcell-Cutts House.

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Women Weaving Love and Strength

Celebrate Women’s History Month reflecting on all the amazing women in your life who have shared love and strength! Tune in with songs and stories celebrating women shared by the all women’s improvisational chorus Give Get Sistet, and local storyteller Beverly Cottman. In addition, explore textiles and baskets woven by women in Mia’s collection and try kid-friendly weaving activities with simple materials like yarn, cardboard, and paper cups on our virtual program.

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Virtual Family Day: Black is Beautiful

Celebrate Black History Month by learning more about the extraordinary Black artists who created art to document and honor the beauty, struggle, and resilience of Black people. Create portraits of people who inspire you using various techniques drawn from African American artists like Wadsworth Jarrell and Elizabeth Catlett. Watch a shadow-puppet show by local artist and activist Ty Chapman, and make your own shadow puppet. Sing along and hear tales affirming love from Nothando Zulu, founder of the African Storyteller’s Alliance, and create your own love letter for Black Lives this Valentine’s Day.

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Virtual Family Day: F is for Family

Start the new year reflecting on the people you love and call family. Hear tales of love and friendship from Nothando Zulu, founder of the African Storytellers Alliance. Be inspired to make your own “quilt,” learning about the amazing textile-upcycling tradition passed down through generations in Gee’s Bend, Alabama.

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Virtual Family Day: Beautiful Letters

Is writing an art form? Yes! Many cultures around the world consider calligraphy, the art of handwriting, one of the most important forms of artistic expression. Explore beautiful penmanship with activities related to two exhibitions at Mia: “Khatt Islami: Sacred Scripts from Islamic Africa,” and “20 Dances: Japanese Calligraphy Then and Now.”

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Virtual Family Day: Foot in the Door

Celebrate community love and joy during this Family Day, inspired by “Foot in the Door,” an open exhibition for Minnesota artists of all ages held once every 10 years. Hear thoughts on the all-virtual exhibition from Chappal, a talking slipper from the Indian subcontinent, and be inspired to make your own “foot” wear.
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Virtual Family Day: Mapping Your World

How can maps tell us more about our past, present, and future? Explore many kinds of maps from Mia’s collection and be inspired to create a map of your own world! Learn how stars helped people navigate and make your own constellation projector. Listen to the story “A Map into the World” by local author Kao Kalia Yang, deepen your knowledge about Asia and the Asian diaspora.

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Virtual Family Day: Shine On!

Be dazzled by the strength and brilliance of metal arts in Mia’s collection, some made thousands of years ago. Hear music played on metal gongs and cymbals by the Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble, and learn how to shine together through complicated times from therapist parents Jamil and Sara from Creative Kuponya. Quiz yourself about metal arts, and use household items to make your own mirror inspired by ancient bronze mirrors.

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Virtual Family Day: Open Books, Open Hearts

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day by joining virtual Family Day: Open Books Open Hearts. Fall in love with books of all kinds listening to stories by local authors and artists, making your own book and printmaking, and watching a virtual puppet show featuring a huge pop up book!

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Virtual Family Day: Making Home

Thank you for joining us for a virtual Family Day! Inspired by the special exhibit “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Art and Migration”, this month we’re asking: What is a home? And how do you make one? Share stories of migration and home making through art and storytelling.

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Virtual Family Day(s) of Action: Yes Justice Yes Peace!

To shift focus to the most pressing needs of rebuilding our communities with love, join us for “Family Day(s) for Action: Yes Justice Yes Peace!” which will share family-friendly resources and activities centering Black Lives Matter throughout the month of June.

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Virtual Family Day: Stories of Resilience

Celebrate and learn more about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with puppetry by Oanh Vu and Denise Hanh Hyunh, collage making, and pickling. In addition, hear stories from indigenous artists Julie Buffalohead and children’s book author Teresa Peterson, be inspired to dance outside with Kenna Camara-Cottman, and connect with nature with Sidewalk Plant Lab to find strength and joy!

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Virtual Family Day: Just Kids

Inspired by the special photography exhibition “Just Kids,” we’ll celebrate the creative visions and talents of young people with activities made by and for kids. Let’s have fun making portraits, dancing, and listening to music together—virtually!

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