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|ADVISORY/Experience African Dance and Music, and Children's Art-making Activities at the Washington Mutual African Art Festival for Families|
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 - 24 Seattle Art Museum WHAT: Visitors to the Seattle Art Museum may experience African dance, music, storytelling and visual art at the Washington Mutual African Art Festival for Families. The festival offers activities for the entire family, such as performances from Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Zimbabwe, as well as games, dance, storytelling and hands-on art-making activities. WHEN: The festival, held in association with the Seattle Art Museum's exhibition Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back, takes place on Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the downtown museum. WHY: The festival complements the special exhibition Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back (on view Feb. 7 - May 19, 2002), which represents diverse African cultures with Royal art from the Kom and Asante kingdoms; masquerades from the Yoruba, Dan and Mende; powerfully encrusted Mande hunters' shirts; sculptures created for healing from the Congo; Maasai beadwork collected by a community; and more. More than a dozen African and American artists/scholars guided the museum staff in presenting these works and offered a context for the varied creative elements such as music, movements, staging and special effects. WHO: The Washington Mutual African Art Festival for Families offers performances and activities for visitors of all ages. Visitors 18 years and under will receive free museum admission, and free family tours of the exhibition will be available at 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m. WHERE: Located at 100 University St., SAM is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m. Suggested admission: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors (62 and over) and students with valid ID. Admission is always free for SAM members and children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. (Admission to the Washington Mutual Art Festival for Families is free to youth 18 and under.) First Thursdays are free to all visitors; First Fridays are free to seniors. For general information, call 654-3100, or visit our Web site: www.SeattleArtMuseum.org HOW: Media personnel with cameras must enter the Seattle Art Museum through its Museum Receiving door on Second Avenue between Union and University, and be prepared to leave a photo ID at the door. For more information about the Washington Mutual Art Festival for Families, contact Erika Lindsay, SAM Public Relations, at 206/654-3158 or ErikaL@SeattleArtMuseum.org or Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot with Washington Mutual at 206/377-3635 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The exhibition was organized by the Seattle Art Museum. Washington Mutual contributed major funding with generous support also provided by Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Seattle Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations), and The Rockefeller Foundation. Additional support provided by American Express, The Allen Foundation for the Arts, Nesholm Family Foundation, and contributors to the Annual Fund.
Deepening the Dialogue, an initiative funded by the Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds, is a key component of this exhibition, strengthening SAM's programming and community partnerships.