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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: 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.” Try writing in new alphabets and characters, guided by local artists like Wenwen Liao and Ayan Ahmed. Create noteworthy letters with your fancy script to send to loved ones this season.

During the Family Day weekend (December 12–13) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can pick up a free Family Day Artist Tote at Mia’s Third Avenue entrance. You’ll find materials, like rice paper, scratchboard, and unique brushes, to try your hand at the art of calligraphy. In addition, you’ll also get a specially designed postcard by Wenwen Liao.

Free Family Day Artist Totes

During the Family Day weekend (December 12–13) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can pick up a free Family Day Artist Tote at Mia’s Third Avenue entrance. You’ll find materials, like rice paper, scratchboard, and unique brushes, to try your hand at the art of calligraphy. In addition, you’ll also get a specially designed postcard by Wenwen Liao.

The materials in the kit complement the Virtual Family Day program’s activities but are not essential to enjoying the activities.

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Family Day Program by Natalia Choi

More Virtual Family Day Activities

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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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(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. Mia’s Family Programs commits to continue to uplift and celebrate local Black artists, storytellers, and community members so that all children and families can truly see and feel that Black lives matter.

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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: 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: 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: 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 exploring the new Arts of Global Asia website, and celebrate Indigenous People’s Day learning more about Indigenous history and culture.

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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. Try collaborative art projects, like co-creating a creative power grid and playing the Exquisite Corpse, a surrealist drawing game. Take advice on how to reach new heights, love fiercely, and wear fabulous outfits with a video made by Chicks on Sticks stilting around Mia.

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