Final Family Day with Babar!

TMA Offers Free Family with Tyler Civic Theatre


August 9, 2010 (TYLER, TX) – The Tyler Museum of Art and the Tyler Civic Theatre are teaming up to offer a free Family Day event filled with exciting performances and hands-on art activities sure to excite all ages. The event is sponsored by American State Bank, and will be held at the TMA on Saturday, July 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. Two performances of the Tyler Civic Theatre’s original interactive puppet show will begin at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Participants will also enjoy free art activities and the opportunity to create their own puppets. Visitors are encouraged to explore the exhibition from which the puppet show was adapted, Babar’s Museum of Art, on view now through August 22, 2010.

“This Family Day is the last public event that we have planned in conjunction with Babar’s Museum of Art,” said Ken Tomio, TMA Head of Education. “We are especially proud to have members of the Tyler Civic Theatre’s London Troupe here to present their own original, interactive puppet show based on the exhibition.” The puppet show was written and directed by Felicity Enas, Director for the TCT and has been performed at locations across Tyler, including many elementary schools, at the TMA, and at the Tyler Civic Theatre Center.

After viewing the show, children may create their very own puppets and even go behind the stage’s curtained walls to learn the basics of being a puppeteer. The TMA will offer art activities based on Babar’s Museum of Art inside the TMA Classroom for the entire two-hour event. Family Days are offered every second Saturday at the Museum.

All Family Day activities are offered free of charge, and exhibition admission fees for Babar’s Museum of Art are discounted for adults during Family Day hours: $5.00 for adults; $5.00 for students & seniors; and free for children age 12 and under. Visitors to the TMA may also view Cherokee Beadwork: Finding a Lost Art (sponsored by Hibbs-Hallmark Company) and The American Indian through the Eyes of Edward S. Curtis (sponsored by Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust), which are both presented free of charge in the Museum’s Bell Gallery now through August 15.

Babar’s Museum of Art is organized by Mary Ryan Gallery, NYC. Major Sponsor is Anonymous. Supporting Sponsor is the Julietta Jarvis Foundation, Inc. Sponsor is Kay Arms. Collectors Circle Sponsors are the Byars Foundation, Mrs. Jack King Sr., Margaret and Jim Perkins, Myrtis D. Smith and Betty and Dick Summers. Corporate Member Sponsors are Southside Bank and Texas Oncology – Tyler. Media Sponsors are BSCENE Magazine, CBS 19-KYTX, East Texas Radio Group, KLTV Channel 7, and Piney Woods Live. The Tyler Museum of Art is supported by its members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit