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FALL 2011 SEASON OF LIVELY FAMILY PROGRAMS BEGINS AT THE JEWISH MUSEUMShare

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FALL 2011 SEASON OF LIVELY FAMILY PROGRAMS
BEGINS AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM


NEW YORK, NY - The Jewish Museum launches its fall 2011 season of family programs in September with a lively array of concerts, art workshops, music classes, film days, and more. The fall line-up includes Sunday concerts by the Bari Koral Family Rock Band on September 25, The Funkey Monkeys on October 9, Gustafer Yellowgold on October 16, and The Macaroons on December 25. Also on the schedule are: Ezra Jack Keats Family Day on Sunday, November 13; Hanukkah Family Day on Sunday, December 18; and Kids Flix Mix, animated shorts on Monday and Tuesday, December 26 and 27. Other highlights are special art workshops inspired by the exhibition, The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, on Sundays, October 30 and December 4 and 11; Tuesday music classes with Mike Messer of the Dirty Sock Funtime Band for toddlers from September 20 to November 20; and vacation week drop-in art workshops December 26, 27, 29 and 30.

In addition, families can visit two exhibitions, The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats and Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces. The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats is the first major United States exhibition to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), whose beloved children’s books include Whistle for Willie (1964), Peter’s Chair (1967), and The Snowy Day (1962). Published at the height of the American civil-rights movement and winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal, The Snowy Day became a milestone, featuring the first African-American protagonist in a full-color picture book. The Snowy Day went on to become an inspiration for generations of readers, and paved the way for multiracial representation in American children’s literature. The dilapidated urban settings of Keats’s stories are also pioneering – picture books had rarely featured such gritty landscapes before. The author and illustrator was born Jacob (Jack) Ezra Katz in Brooklyn. His parents were Eastern European Jewish immigrants and very poor. Primarily self-taught, he drew upon memories of growing up in East New York, one of the most deprived neighborhoods in New York City. Yet his work transcends the personal and reflects the universal concerns of children. Keats used lush color in his paintings and collages and strove for simplicity in his texts. The exhibition features over 80 original works by the artist, from preliminary sketches and dummy books, to final paintings and collages, including examples of Keats’s most introspective but less-known output inspired by Asian art and haiku poetry. Documentary material and photographs will also be on view. The Jewish Museum exhibition is part of a wide-scale celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Snowy Day, and will be on view from September 9, 2011 through January 29, 2012.

In Archaeology Zone, an engaging and thoroughly interactive experience, children become archaeologists as they search for clues about ancient and modern objects. Visitors can discover what happens after archaeologists unearth artifacts and bring them back to their labs for in-depth analysis. Children ages 3 through 10 magnify, sketch and weigh objects from the past and the present, piece together clay fragments, interpret symbols, and dress in costumes. The children’s exhibition is open every day except Wednesday and Saturday.

For further information regarding family programs at The Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3337. Tickets for programs at The Jewish Museum can now be purchased online at the Museum’s web site, www.thejewishmuseum.org\families.


FAMILY PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Tuesday, September 20 through November 22

MUSIC CLASSES: DIRTY SOCK MUSIC ROMPS
TEN SESSIONS: 10 – 10:45 am OR 11 - 11:45 am

Ages 6 months to 4 years
Toddlers and their parents will play on a series of kid-sized instruments, learn to keep beats, and have a chance to dance, jump, clap, sing, and laugh in this series of classes lead by Mike Messer of The Dirty Sock Funtime Band.
Registration fee: $375.00 per child; $345.00 Jewish Museum family member
Class size is limited – early registration is recommended – parents can call 212.423.3225 to register.


Sunday, September 25

CONCERT: BARI KORAL FAMILY ROCK BAND
2:00 pm

Ages 3 to 7
Families can rock in the Jewish New Year with Bari Koral, dubbed “the IT girl in family music” and “Sheryl Crow for kids.” Bari will perform catchy pop tunes from her album, Rock and Roll Garden, and other songs for the fall holidays.
Tickets: $16 per adult; $11 per child; $13 adult Jewish Museum family level member; $9 child Jewish Museum family level member


Sundays, October 2 and December 11

ACCESS FAMILY WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
10:30 am – 12 noon

Ages 5 to 17
Families who have children with special needs will examine original art with a Museum educator, then create their own works. The workshop includes gallery activities, an art project and snacks.
Free with Museum admission
Advance registration is required - space is limited - parents can call 212.423.3256 to register.


Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, October 16, 17 and 18

DROP-IN ART WORKSHOP: Luminous Mobiles – Stained Glass Collage
1 pm – 4 pm

Age 3 and up
Children can design wall hangings for the holiday of Sukkot using colorful cellophane and translucent materials.
Free with Museum admission


Sunday, October 9

CONCERT: THE FUNKEY MONKEYS BROADWAY SPECTACULAR - TWO SHOWS!
11:30 am AND 2:00 pm

Ages 2 to 6
This musical premiere features the Funkey Monkeys’ rock interpretations of songs from Broadway shows such as Fiddler on the Roof, Mary Poppins, Annie, and The Sound of Music.
Tickets: $16 per adult; $11 per child; $13 adult Jewish Museum family level member; $9 child Jewish Museum family level member


Sunday, October 16

CONCERT: GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD
2:00 pm

Age 3 and up
Families will experience a mix of live music and original animation in what The New York Times calls “a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss.” Award-winning illustrator and songwriter Morgan Taylor leads his creation Gustafer Yellowgold and the audience as they sing tunes about the Earth and the Sun.
Tickets: $16 per adult; $11 per child; $13 adult Jewish Museum family level member; $9 child Jewish Museum family level member


Sunday, October 30

ART WORKSHOP AND GALLERY TOUR: Take a Trip with Keats
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ages 5 to 10
Children can create a fantastic diorama with costumed characters inspired by the exhibition, The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, and Keats’s book, The Trip. The workshop includes a tour of the exhibition.
Tickets: $12 per adult; $10 per child; $10 adult Jewish Museum family level member; $8 child Jewish Museum family level member
Advance registration is required - space is limited - parents can call 212.423.3337 to register.


Sunday, November 13

EZRA JACK KEATS FAMILY DAY
Noon - 4:00 pm

Age 4 and up
This fun-filled afternoon celebrates the author and illustrator of The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie and other storybook favorites. Families will enjoy live music and storybook readings, create a work of art inspired by Keats’s illustrations, and explore the exhibition with special gallery hunts.
Free with Museum admission


Sundays, December 4 and 11

TWO-PART ART WORKSHOP: Exploring Ezra Jack Keats
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ages 8 to 12
A gallery tour of the exhibition, The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, is following by an in-depth class where families can learn new techniques such as marbleizing paper.
Tickets: $22 per adult; $20 per child; $20 adult Jewish Museum family level member; $18 child Jewish Museum family level member
Advance registration is required - space is limited - parents can call 212.423.3337 to register.


Sunday, December 18

HANUKKAH FAMILY DAY
Noon - 4:00 pm

Age 3 and up
Children can create Hanukkah lamps made from found objects and decorate dreidels; design a scene inspired by the books of Ezra Jack Keats; dance to the music of Ben Rudnick and Friends; and visit the Museum’s renowned collection of Hanukkah lamps.
Free with Museum admission


Sunday, December 25

CONCERT: THE MACAROONS - THREE SHOWS!
11 am, 1:00 pm AND 3:00 pm

Ages 3 to 9
Families can enjoy a guitar-based sound that recalls everything from the Kinks to Queen to the Shins. The Macaroons will perform such songs as Hurry Up And Light the Candle and Mezuzah.
Tickets: $20 per adult; $15 per child; $17 adult Jewish Museum family level member; $13 child Jewish Museum family level member


Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27

KIDS FLIX MIX: ANIMATED SHORTS
11:30 am

Ages 3 to 8
In collaboration with the New York International Children’s Film Festival and in honor of Ezra Jack Keats, The Museum will present animated short films from around the world showcasing a spectacular array of traditional, CGI and collage animation styles. Several adaptations of Keats’s books will be featured, including The Snowy Day, Peter’s Chair and Whistle for Willie.
Tickets: $12 per adult; $10 per child; $10 adult Jewish Museum family level member; $8 child Jewish Museum family level member


Monday, December 26; Tuesday, December 27;
Thursday, December 29; Friday, December 30

VACATION WEEK DROP-IN WORKSHOP: Glowing Illustrations for Keats
1 pm – 4 pm

Age 3 and up
Children can design collages inspired by the exhibition, The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, and participate in a gallery tour.
Free with Museum admission


Sundays beginning September 11

DROP-IN ART WORKSHOP
1 to 4 pm

Ages 3 and up
A hands-on drop–in art workshop focusing on Jewish holidays, the Museum’s collection, and special exhibitions and ticketed programs.
Free with Museum admission

STORYBOOKS & ART
1:15 pm

Ages 3 to 7
Children can listen to stories selected from the Museum’s library of children's book favorites and then participate in a gallery activity.
Free with Museum admission

ADULTS ARE ASKED TO ACCOMPANY THEIR CHILDREN TO ALL PROGRAMS.


The Jewish Museum offers a state-of-the-art audio guide for children ages 5 to 12 to its permanent exhibition, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey. Visitors are able to enjoy the children’s audio guide free with Museum admission. The audio guides are sponsored by Bloomberg.

The Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Education’s school and family programs are supported by endowed funds established by the Bronfman Family, the Muriel and William Rand Fund, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Rosalie Klein Adolf, the Kekst Family, and Mrs. Ida C. Schwartz in memory of Mr. Bernard S. Schwartz. We thank the following for their generosity: The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the Kekst Family, Capital One, MetLife Foundation, J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., Alpern Family Foundation, The Pumpkin Foundation at the request of Joseph H. and Carol F. Reich, Newman’s Own Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Jewish Museum Volunteer Organization, and other donors. We gratefully acknowledge public support from: New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick, Council Member Brad Lander, Council Member Mark Weprin, and other City Council Members. Access programming is made possible through the generosity of the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

About The Jewish Museum

Widely admired for its exhibitions and educational programs that inspire people of all backgrounds, The Jewish Museum is the preeminent United States institution exploring the intersection of 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture. The Jewish Museum was established in 1904, when Judge Mayer Sulzberger donated 26 ceremonial art objects to The Jewish Theological Seminary of America as the core of a museum collection. Today, the Museum maintains an important collection of 26,000 objects—paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media.


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Museum hours are Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11am to 5:45pm; Thursday, 11am to 8pm; and Friday, 11am to 4pm. Museum admission is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, $7.50 for students, free for children under 12 and Jewish Museum members. Admission is free on Saturdays. For information on The Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3200 or visit the website at http://www.thejewishmuseum.org. The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Manhattan.

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