Hands-On Art:

TMA Family Day to Feature Puppets & Free Art Activities!


July 8, 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 Mentoring Minds, 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.

Family Day is offered at the TMA on the second Saturday of every month. “The last few Family Days have been very special, because we have been able to incorporate activities and performances from several of our partner organizations,” says Mr. Ken Tomio, Head of Education for the TMA. “This month and next, members of the Tyler Civic Theatre’s London Troupe will return to the TMA to perform their original puppet show, which has been a hit among our visitors here at the Museum.” The puppet show was written and directed by Felicity Enas, Director for the TCT, and the show 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.

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.

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.