Learn to Make Toys at the TMA

Mexican Folk Art to be the Focus of Family Day


(TYLER, TX) March 9, 2011 – Children will learn to create their very own toys in the techniques used by contemporary Mexican folk artists this Saturday, March 12, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. during the Tyler Museum of Art’s free Family Day. The art activities are designed to reflect a selection of toys from The Laura and Dan Boeckman Collection of Mexican Folk Art, which is on view now at the Museum. Families will enjoy free art activities and light refreshments during Family Days, which are offered at the Museum on the second Saturday of every month.

“We are so fortunate to have been gifted this collection of artwork by the Boeckmans, one that represents the cultural heritage of a large segment of our community,” said TMA Head of Education, Ken Tomio. “Not only will children be able to create their own toys, they will learn interesting facts about Hispanic culture and how their young neighbors in Mexico play.” The art activities will include making Guatemalan “worry dolls,” which according to traditional folklore can be placed under a child’s pillow in order to cure sleeplessness. Children can also learn to make their own cup-and-ball game, known as balero in Latin America.

A free Family Guide will be available next to the installation of Mexican Folk Art, and the toy exhibition is on view at no charge. Also on view are original works by area high school students shown in the 7th Annual High School Art Exhibition, which is located in the Museum’s Bell Gallery. The Cornish Art Colony: Giants of America’s Gilded Age is on view in the North Gallery, and admission is free for TMA Members, $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for children ages 12 and under.

The Laura and Dan Boeckman Collection of Mexican Folk Art was donated to the TMA during the fall of 2010 and includes over 650 pieces collected by the Boeckmans over the last two decades from every state in Mexico, excluding Chiapas. The gift is the largest single donation by one source in the Museum’s history, and represents one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive collections of its kind in the United States. In order to make the collection accessible to the community, the Museum installed a permanent wall case in the lobby, dedicated to exhibiting rotating selections from the Boeckman Collection.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is supported by its Members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler, and 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 www.tylermuseum.org.