Virtual Family Day: Look Closer

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: Look Closer!

© Nick Cave and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY

Whether looking at artworks in the galleries or in your neighborhood, you can always notice more when you look closer. Be inspired by artists who take a closer look at the world around them, and create tools to help you look with greater intention. Learn to hone your eye and look without judgment. Create your own Soundsuit inspired by American artist Nick Cave. And play a scavenger hunt in the museum or wherever, searching for colors, feelings, and more!

Free Family Day Artist Totes

During July’s Family Day weekend (July 10–11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.), you can pick up a free Family Day Artist Tote at Mia’s Third Avenue entrance. 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.

This month, instead of a pre-packed tote, we will be offering a wide assortment of art materials for you to choose and take home in your tote!
Mobile Mia will also be on site in the courtyard with art activities to help you reflect on how you can protect a body of water you care about.

Community Aid Network MN

Community Aid Network MN (CANMN) crew members distributing supplies.

This July Family Day weekend (July 10-11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.), consider bringing supplies to share with our neighbors through Community Aid Network MN.
The most needed items at the moment include: diapers of all sizes, wipes, and laundry detergent (small containers or pods).
Learn more about Community Aid Network MN here.

Closer Look: Exploration Guide for the Museum

There are many ways to visit and enjoy a museum! Click here for some ideas on how to choose a guiding question for the day so that you can have more fun at the museum.

Create a Soundsuit

Learn more about Chicago-based African American artist Nick Cave and why he started creating Soundsuits in this activity to help you create your own Soundsuit! Click here to download this activity.

Museum Scavenger Cards

Activate your eyes and use the Museum Scavenger cards to have fun exploring the world around you! Click here to download the Museum Scavenger Cards, which you can print, cut, then draw and color to play!

What can we learn from closely observing nature?

Sheikh Zain al-Din, India, Red-whiskered Bulbul and Aganais Ficus Moth on Kadamba Branch, 1777, Opaque colors and ink on paper. Gift of Elizabeth and Willard Clark, 2018.53.8

Click here to check out the lesson “What can we learn from closely observing nature?” where you can get ideas on how to more closely observe and appreciate the nature around you.Find more lessons in 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.