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Family Festival: Diwali

November 15, 2014
Ryan Education Center

Join us to celebrate the Hindu festival of light! Create a work of art inspired by Indian traditions at activity stations throughout the Ryan Education Center, such as the Little Studio for our youngest visitors (under age 5). Discover Hindu stories by exploring sculpture in the galleries with a costumed dancer. Enjoy dance performances by Kalapriya in a range of styles from Bhangra to Bollywood.

Registration is not required for this event. 

Ryan Education Center Activities
Drop in between 10:30 and 3:00

Dance From Bhangra to Bollywood!
11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30
Studio A
Enjoy a short dance performance led by Pranita Jain, and then join in a community dance, learning new steps and movements as you go.

Art Activity: Diwali Lanterns
Studio B
Create a paper lantern to spread the light of Diwali.

Art Activity: Rangoli
Classroom 5
Work with colorful materials to create a rangoli, a large floor design, traditionally made from colored powder or sand.

Family Mini-Tour: Gods and Heroes
Vitale Family Room
Discover stories of the brave gods and heroes represented in the galleries of Indian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan art in this self-guide.

Family festival Computer Interactive: Curious Corner
Vitale Family Room
Explore stories of the Hindu god Ganesha in Curious Corner, a computer interactive, designed to help children learn about the Art Institute’s collection

The Little Studio (Ages 3–5)
Classroom 4
Explore the light of Diwali through age-appropriate activities that engage the senses and spark the imagination.

Alsdorf Galleries Activities
(Galleries 140—142*)
Drop in between 10:30 and 3:00

Drop-in Drawing
Explore sculpture in the galleries through a mixed media studio project with artist Leslie Baum.

Hindu Stories through Dance
11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30
Discover stories through exploring sculpture in the galleries with a costumed dancer.

*Proof of membership or museum admission is required for adults and children age 14 and over.

For more information about family programs, please call (312) 857-7161 or e-mail For upcoming family programs, please visit the family programs calendar

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