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: Coloring My Feelings

Art by Maddy Buck

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.

Free Family Day Artist Totes

Totes available while supplies last.

During the Family Day weekend (April 10–11) 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 to make a colorful window design, a flamenco fan, and a “My Many Feelings are Beautiful!” watercolor poster with instructions by local illustrator Maddy Buck.
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.

Closer Look: Feelings

Art can help explore and express many different kinds of feelings. Explore them in this quiz! Click the image above or click here to take the quiz.

My Many Feelings are Beautiful

Have you ever thought about how amazing it is that we can experience so many feelings?
Click here for a watercolor activity created by local illustrator Maddy Buck to create a poster celebrating your many beautiful feelings!

What do you do when you are angry? Watch author and illustrator Maddy Buck read her short story “Book of Anger,” which is the result of a day when she was feeling angry.

Create a “stained glass” window design

William Gray Purcell; Designer: George Grant Elmslie, Window, Purcell-Cutts House, c. 1913, Glass, zinc caming, Bequest of Anson Cutts 90.92.74 Purcell-Cutts House Learn how to make your own “stained-glass” window inspired by Mia’s Purcell-Cutts House.

Windows can brighten not only the light, but the mood of a home!

Click here for instructions on how to make a vibrant design resembling stained glass to decorate your windows!

Make a Fan and Dance Flamenco!

Unknown artist, Kina Perrier Aperitif, 1895, Color lithograph mounted on linen, Gift of Marguerite and Russell Cowles P.79.82.5

Flamenco is a very expressive and passionate dance from Spain. Flamenco is danced by both men and women, and sometimes dancers use props like fans (called “abanico” in Spanish) for extra flair.

Click here for instructions on how to create your own fan then try dancing flamenco with instructions by Zorongo Flamenco Theater and School in the video below!

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

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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