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: Express Your Love with Pride
Free Family Day Artist Totes
During June’s Family Day weekend (June 12–13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.), you can pick up a free Family Day Artist Tote at Mia’s Third Avenue entrance. In it you’ll find materials like embroidery floss, chalk, and coloring pages. You can also lend a hand to the collective chalk activity organized by Art Team (Mia’s teen program), outdoors in the museum’s Target Plaza.
Chalk and Walk with Pride
Step into the Target Plaza this weekend with your new chalk set to participate in the interactive activities on the sidewalks designed by Art Team (Mia’s teen program)! Click here to try the activity at home! The at-home activity is designed by Zero Everhart.
Closer Look: Be Proud and Love!
Celebrate the love-filled art made by 2SLGBTQIA+ artists. Explore and learn more in this quiz! Try the quiz here.
Make Your Own Friendship Bracelet
Make a friendship bracelet for yourself and a friend with guidance by Heather C Lou. Watch the video or download the coloring instructions sheet for details on how. And learn more about Heather online at www.hclouart.com.
Coloring Pages: Queer Icons
Learn more about queer icons by coloring! Click here to download the coloring sheets featuring Marsha P. Johnson and Audre Lorde. The coloring sheets have been designed by local queer artists Noah Lawrence-Holder and Harper Steinbach.
Storytime: Doña Pepa reads “Ze”
Watch Doña Pepa, read from their book, Ze! And also learn how to make your own glitter beard. The Drag Story Hour (DSH) mission is to celebrate diverse, creative and healthy gender expression for children and their caring adults using the arts. Learn more about Drag Story Hour here.
Share Your Thoughts
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Family Day Program by Natalia Choi
More Virtual Family Day Activities
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!