Dallas Museum of Art Offers Creative Art Workshops to Children

SLANT 45 (Service Learning Adventures in North Texas), a partnership of Big Thought and the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, is collaborating with the Dallas Museum of Art to offer creative arts workshops for the entire family. The workshops will be led by professional artists and writers and held one Saturday each month from July to October. The workshops  are designed to teach you how to use  art to reflect on your personal experiences.

The first family workshop is Saturday morning (July 17) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registered participants will receive FREE admission to the Dallas Museum of Art for  that day.

Please call  469-621-8989 to make your reservation to attend the workshops.

The  Saturday art workshops are free for children and families will take place at Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201. Participants will work with artists to develop creative works in a variety of mediums. A series of adult workshops also will be hosted during the monthly “Late Night at the Dallas Museum of Art” events, where visitors can create “Secret Service” postcards highlighting unseen acts of kindness that have done to better the community. Their  postcards, and  other artwork created by SLANT 45 participants, will be part of a local art exhibit debuting in fall 2010 to showcase the impact that service learning has made on the youth and communities of North Texas.

Youth and family workshops will be held on Saturdays from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. in the Center for Creative Connections with the following artists:

July 17 –Lesli Robertson

August 14 – Jill Foley

September 18 –Jill Foley

October 16 – Will Richey

Late Night workshops will take place on these Fridays from 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. in the Center for Creative Connections with the following artists. The workshop is included with the DMA price of admission.

July 16 – David Herman, Jr.

August 20 – Sara Cardona

September 17 – Adriana Martinez

October 15 – Ann Marie Newman

Please Note:  Regular admission fees apply for Friday Late Night events.

What is Slant 45?

The goal of SLANT 45 is to recruit 20,000 kids from more than 100 North Texas cities to generate 45,000 hours of community service leading up to Super Bowl XLV in February 2011.  SLANT 45 aims to become one of the biggest community wide service-learning programs for children in America. The SLANT 45 Art Exhibit will open at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport’s Terminal D, NorthPark Center and The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History this fall, and will remain on view in all three locations through the Super Bowl on Feb. 6, 2011. The exhibit will then move to the State Capitol in March 2011. To learn more, visit www.slant45.org.

About Big Thought

Founded in 1987, Dallas-based Big Thought is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits devoted to closing the opportunity gap in education through creative learning. Driven by its mission to make imagination a part of everyday learning, Big Thought has evolved beyond arts to develop groundbreaking programs that address academic achievement, problem-solving and life-skills, providing children with pathways to success both in and out of school. Through its innovative partnerships, Big Thought now serves more than 300,000 Dallas children, families and teachers each year, both in and out of the classroom. Annually, Big Thought also delivers more than one million hours of programming and individual creative instruction. A model to cities across America, Big Thought has achieved national recognition, including the Americans for the Arts “2009 Arts in Education Award” and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities “Coming Up Taller Award” in 2004. Learn more at bigthought.org.

About the Center For Creative Connections & The Dallas Museum of Art

The Center for Creative Connections (C3) offers an environment for visitors of all ages to have a creative, educational experience with real works of art. C3 is an expansive 12,000-square-foot space consisting of the centrally located exhibition and several distinct learning areas. The learning areas include the Art Studio, an interactive learning space for children under the age of four called Arturo’s Nest, a Young Learners Gallery for children 5–8 and their families, a theater and a Tech Lab. The Center hosted more than 150,000 visitors in its first year. Today, this translates as roughly 30% of all Museum visitors. Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its encyclopedic collections, which encompass more than 24,000 works and span 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures.
Established in 1903, the Museum today welcomes more than 600,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings and dramatic and dance presentations. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Please call  469-621-8989 to make your reservation to attend the workshops.

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