(Information from Madison Children's Museum Website)
August 14 and 15, 2010, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Two days of action-packed fun! The Grand Opening Celebration will showcase the unique talents of Dane County artists, young and old, and will highlight many of the organizational partnerships MCM has built over the years with local arts organizations and community groups.
Saturday, August 14 Events
Parade and Ribbon Cutting With the doors opening at 9:30 am, families will be invited to arrive at 9 am for a pre-opening parade around our new block. The morning will begin with a kick-off performance by the Boys & Girls Club Black Star Drumline outside the museum at 9 am. At 9:15 a volunteer contingent of the UW Marching Band will lead a family parade featuring stilt walkers, giant puppets, and opportunities galore for families to carry flags, decorate strollers, and play instruments. Families, along with local elected officials and major donors, will be invited to help with a mass cutting of a giant ribbon wrapping the entire building.
Outdoor Programs & Exhibits MCM's outdoor "campus" will offer free programs, including a 10 a.m. performance by Ken Lonnquist and the Kenland Band . Local family entertainer Lonnquist has been a member of the MCM family from its earliest days, having performed at the grand opening celebrations of the museum's first home on Bedford Street in 1985 and the State Street museum in 1991. Our 1838 Log Cabin grounds will feature demonstrations of period blacksmithing, floor loom weaving, and woodworking techniques by artisans from Driftless Folk School .
Indoor Activities Saturday's festivities include special workshops and demonstrations in our new Art Studio, Rooftop Ramble, Tinkerers Workshop, and our free Community Concourse.
Sunday, August 15 Events
Overture Showcase: Resident Companies from Overture Center for the Arts join the celebration on Sunday. Look for performances by groups such as Kanopy Dance Company and Children's Theater of Madison, enjoy collaborative Art Studio activities with Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, meet a guest musician from Madison Symphony Orchestra, and enjoy a special edition of Overture's Kids in the Rotunda at MCM with Stuart Stotts.
Public Art Tour: Art aficionados can join Brenda Baker, MCM's Director of Exhibits, at 3 p.m. for a tour highlighting public art in the new building. One-hundred local artists are creating works for the new museum, from large-scale sculptures to creative benches for public seating. In addition to the 100 adult artists, the museum features the work of youth artists throughout the building, including a massive bottle cap mosaic installation created by more than 12,000 area children.
Don't miss the fun and don't forget to become a member of this award winning museum!