Folk Art Family Day

Free Art Activities at the Tyler Museum of Art


The Tyler Museum of Art welcomes families to enjoy a free Family Day at the Museum this Saturday, November 13 from 2–4 p.m. in the TMA classroom. The focus of this month’s event will be selections from the Laura and Dan Boeckman Collection of Mexican Folk Art, which are currently on display in the Museum lobby. Art activities will reflect themes from the Day of the Dead, or el Día de los Muertos, which is celebrated in Mexico and by Mexican Americans living in the United States.

Children will be invited to participate in multiple art activities including creating their own sugar skulls, which are associated with Day of the Dead and traditionally made to adorn altars built in honor of the deceased, and to be eaten. Several exceptional examples of sugar skulls are currently on display at the Museum along with the other pieces selected from the Boeckman Collection. Other art activities will be available as well as light refreshments and snacks. Family Days are offered every second Saturday of the month at the Museum. This month’s event falls after the announcement was made by the TMA that Dallas arts patrons Laura and Dan Boeckman had donated their personal collection of over 650 pieces of Mexican folk art to the Museum.

“The Boeckman Collection ensures that the TMA’s permanent collection as a whole represents our community in its diverse entirety, and we want to make sure that we make it accessible to everyone, including our youngest visitors,” said TMA Head of Education, Ken Tomio. “Family Day participants can view vibrant examples of authentic sugar skulls in the lobby, and then create their own originals in the classroom.”
BR> Two exhibitions are currently on view at the TMA, Form & Substance: The Art of George Tobolowsky, and L.O. Griffith: Painting the Texas Landscape. Admission to Form & Substance is free; admission to L.O. Griffith is free for TMA Members and children age 12 and under, $7 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. Family Days are held every second Saturday at the Tyler Museum of Art. Each month, the event’s activities lend focus to one the of Museum’s current exhibitions offering an enriching and fun fine arts experience for children of all ages. Family Days are just one example of the many opportunities offered by the TMA that allow children and their parents to interact with each other and the Museum. For further information about all the educational programs offered by the TMA, log on to

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