The Wolfsonian-FIU launches Discovering Design series of family programs

Mary Larsen Illustration

The Wolfsonian-FIU is excited to announce Discovering Design, a new series of family programs that kicks off March 1, 2014 from noon-4 p.m., with a free family day focused on the splendor of books. Children and adults will consider the multiple forms that a book can take, from traditional leather-bound books to Futurist works printed on metal. Miami artist Mary Larsen will lead an art-making workshop on altered books, and Wolfsonian Chief Librarian Frank Luca will lead tours of the museum’s rare book library. Visitors are invited to attend a screening of the award-winning animated film The Secret of Kells, which blends magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology to bring to life the ancient tradition of manuscript illumination, delighting audiences of all ages.

Discovering Design continues on select first Saturdays in 2014. Children ages 6-12 and accompanying adults will receive free admission to The Wolfsonian and participate in art-making activities. There will be free film screenings, family-friendly tours, and gallery guides. An eclectic mix of local and national guest artists, designers, and other creative professionals will lead the hands-on activities, helping kids and grownups learn to think like designers and understand how design impacts their daily lives.

Discovering Design is made possible by a challenge grant from The Batchelor Foundation, Inc., which received matching support from Wells Fargo, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Carnival Foundation, and Garner Foundation.

“By enabling us to launch an initiative that offers multiple opportunities for intergenerational visitors to engage with our collection and each other, these grants strengthen and enrich The Wolfsonian’s educational programming,” said Educational Programs Manager Jessica Kennedy.

Upcoming Discovering Design dates are May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 5, and November 1. Additional programming will be forthcoming on The Wolfsonian website and in our E-newsletters.

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