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For Families

FOR FAMILIES

In person Family Days are back! Join us for socially distanced, live Family Days. We have games, studio projects, and family-friendly videos about art.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Calling all childhood creatives! (and their grown-ups)! In partnership with The Young Entrepreneurs Institute and Teen Enterprise, this event will feature kid vendors who have used their skills to create artwork, products, inventions, and more for you to browse and buy. Choose something for yourself or pick up a gift for a friend, all while supporting the community’s budding business owners. 

Want to try creating for yourself? Mini makers can try their hand at art creation stations throughout the event. You can also jam along to music and play games with your group as you walk through the wondrous displays. 

Finally, enjoy a travel-themed art installation created by Akron Public Schools’ Summer Mystery Camp students in the garden.

Activities and Museum admission are free all day. Registration is recommended.

Become a vendor!

We’re looking for young creatives who want to be vendors. Because we had to reschedule the event, we’re opening up applications once again. Applications are due by August 26, 2022, with notice of acceptance on August 31st.

FAMILY PROGRAMS

We have a variety of offerings designed for children and caregivers with a focus on exploring creativity and creating attachment to the Museum. This year the Museum will experiment with testing the best days and times for family programs. We’ll also test how/when to incorporate in-gallery experiences and explore various approaches to digital family engagement.

Family Days 2022

Friday, September 10  |  TBD

Sunday, September18  |  11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kids Maker Fest

Outdoor Movie Night

November 12
GameFest

Late Winter  |  TBD

OPEN STUDIO

No crowds, no rush, no experience, or registration required. The Museum invites you to explore the new Open Studio in the lobby. A space designed for all ages. 

Whether you’re a serious artist or just looking for a laid-back space to explore, Open Studio offers something for everyone. From sensory play areas for babies, to the messy materials school-age kids adore, and even art for adults. 

Move freely between a wide range of inspiring materials, spending as little or as much time as you like. Along with special, featured activities, you will also find rotating areas devoted to clay, drawing, painting, printmaking, beading, collage, construction, and more. 

Open Studio is creativity on your schedule. 

AAM At Home offers many types of resources

STUDIO PROJECTS

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#TryThis: Pipecleaner Prints

Pipecleaners can make an interesting repeat geometric pattern for prints. What You Need: paper, cardboard, pipecleaners, and ink Try this?

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Virtual Family Day: Mark-Making

Everyone wants to make their mark on life. Learning to express yourself on paper is one way to do just that. Explore many ways to  make your own mark

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Virtual Family Day: Bookmaking Bonanza

Try your hand at making simple books and book-related objects. This month we have bookmaking tutorials plus some options for turning out artful bookmarks.

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#TryThis: Vinyl Decal Callograph

Vinyl is durable and easy to cut. It makes for an easy way to do repetitive patterns. What You Need cardboard, vinyl, ink, a roller, paper Try this?

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#TryThis: Drawing Tools

Drawing from life is easiest with items at hand, like drawing utensils. What You Need paper and writing utensils Try This? Take your time to draw something at hand. Try it over and over.

GAMES

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Doodlebug: An Interactive Game

Following along on a tour through the Akron Art Museum with Doodlebug, the art loving bug. During your visit, you’ll get the chance to meet four different paintings from the Museum’s collection and ask them questions about themselves and their makers. 

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Art Bingo

Wandering around museum galleries can be relaxing and recharging. But sometimes, you might want to add a level of play. This simple Bingo card invites you to look close and enjoy the surprises. Play with a friend or against a family member. Print this card to bring with you or to use why you explore the online galleries.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESOURCES ABOUT ART

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George G. Adomeit’s First Snow

Stay warm while you explore this snowy scene from home by George Gustav Adomeit, (Memel, Germany, 1879 – 1967, Cleveland, Ohio). First Snow from 1933 is a Linocut on paper (Gift of Dr. Roy G. Pearce, 1947.8)

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Lee Bontecou’s Untitled

Explore Lee Bontecou’s mixed media relief sculpture from 1966 (Gift of Leo Castelli, Castelli Galleries, 1974.122).

CREATIVITY CARE KITS

Explore projects that use materials from the kits as well as supplies you may have around the house – also available on our YouTube page. Share the projects you make by tagging @akronartmuseum on social media.