Art Splash to Offer Families Art-Making Experiences with Artists All Summer

Art Splash, the museum’s popular family program running for nine weeks this summer, opens on Friday, July 5, in the Perelman Building, with Pay What You Wish admission through Sunday, July 7. This summer’s Art Splash draws inspiration from two exhibitions in the Perelman Building, Souls Grown Deep: Artists of the African American South and The Art of Collage and Assemblage. All summer long, families can make art together with professional artists, experience tasty dishes by a chef-in-residence that are inspired by African American cooking of the south, and join an intergenerational community conversation centered on talking with kids about social justice. With art making in the Splash Studio, pop-up tours throughout the day, quiet mornings for sensory-friendly activities, and extended hours on Wednesday nights, Art Splash offers families many ways to experience the joy in creativity. Art Splash is presented by PNC Arts Alive, an initiative of the PNC Foundation.

Art Splash explores the two related exhibitions with a focus on the inspiration artists find in everyday objects and the stories that they tell about community, memory, and identity. Families can connect with local artists whose own works contain themes that relate to those explored in Souls Grown Deep. Each artist will engage families during a two-week residency, creating works in the Splash Studio ranging from found object sculpture to papermaking, textile work, and storytelling. The Splash Studio is the hub of creativity for kids and the featured artists will be onsite Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Families can make art and learn about the artists’ work during all Art Splash hours. The first art projects are based on the theme of collecting and transforming found treasures into something new.

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