Posts Tagged ‘Crocker Art Museum’

Crocker Art Museum Launches Museum Guide & Interactive Gallery for Families

August 1, 2011

Little ones and their caregivers now have two new ways to experience the Crocker Art Museum. The Museum has launched Story Trail, a family-friendly journey through the Museum, and Tot Land, an interactive gallery, designed for children from infancy to five years of age and their caregivers. Tot Land and Story Trail are sponsored, in part, by the First 5 Sacramento Commission.

Story Trail is an engaging way for young children and adults to talk about art while they visit the Museum. It features a captivating storybook, called “Birdy’s Museum Adventure,” which incorporates images and “characters” from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. The story leads families on an imaginative adventure to look, discuss, and discover seven works of art. Families can check out a copy of “Birdy’s Museum Adventure” at the Admission Desk and begin a fun exploration into the galleries with trail markers to lead the way.

Story Trail concludes in Tot Land, a gallery devoted entirely to families. Located in the Museum’s Education Center, the gallery is designed to encourage creativity while building early-learning skills. Tot Land features an interactive touch screen for unparalleled creative play, as well as spaces for art making and reading. All of the activities are designed to enable children and adults to learn together through layered, dynamic, and playful experiences. Resources available in Tot Land support a successful path to early literacy and creative thinking.

The interactive touch screen, called “The Living Art Wall,” uses highly advanced technology and gaming software to give children a unique educational experience. Using the screen, toddlers will be able to express their creativity through digital drawing and painting with their fingers. Visitors’ contributions will build on top of each other, creating a community mural.

Tot Land and Story Trail are *FREE* with Museum admission and are available during the Museum’s regular operating hours. For more information, click HERE or call 916. 808.7000.

This East Sac Mama will be checking out Tot Land and Story Trail on Wednesday with my little guy, I’ll let you know what we think.

We’ll see you there!

April Events at the Crocker Art Museum

March 29, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 3PM
Classical Concert: William Feasley, Guitar
Inspired by “John Buck: Iconography,” classical guitarist William Feasley will perform works by American composers Peter Madlem, Robert Beaser, Carlos Jobim, and Thelonius Monk along with the world premiere of “Black Tango” (“Tango Negro”) by the Argentine composer Marcelo Ferraris. Purchase tickets HERE, at the admission desk, or by calling 916.808.1182. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.

This would be a great afternoon activity for a parent and teen! Why not grab a dessert at Ginger Elizabeth afterward and discuss the music?

Thursday, April 14, 5-9PM
Art Mix: Lit Fix
Celebrate Literary Arts Month with a night full of poetry, spoken word, live music, tours, and talks. Don’t miss an open mic session and interactive activities. *FREE* with museum admission. Art Mix is part of the program series Thursdays ‘til 9.

Another good parent-teen activity, this would make for a fun “date night”. Grab dinner Tapa the World before you get your art fix.

Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27, 11AM
Wee Wednesday
Bring your little one and yourself for gallery-based art activities for children ages 3 to 5.  *FREE* with museum admission. This is a family program and space is limited. Signup begins at 10AM on the day of the event at the museum admission desk.

SUCH a fun activity for your toddler! Get them exposed to the arts at an early age.

Saturday, April 9, 1PM
Sunday, April 17, 11AM
Drop, Yak, Splat! A Museum Adventure for Families
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with museum admission.

This would be a great way to start your family Second Saturday fun.

Tuesday, April 12, Noon-2PM
Homeschool Day
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the museum regularly for thematic gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. Registration is required. For pricing specifics and registration, click HERE or call 916.808.1182.

Sunday, April 17, 1-3PM
Opening Reception: Meaning and Medium – Self-Portraits by Christian Brothers High School Students
See the exhibition “Meaning and Medium,” on view April 7 through July 10, 2011, and meet the artists who have explored portraiture through fresh eyes.

Tuesday, April 19, 10:30AM
Baby Loves Art – Singing in the Rain
Baby Loves Art is an entertaining and interactive way for children ages three and under and their caregivers to experience the educational stimulation that the visual arts can provide. Children sing, move, groove, touch, and play at the Crocker while building key cognitive and motor skills. This program is funded by the First 5 Sacramento Commission.

I can’t WAIT to take my 2 year-old to this new program for babies!

If you attend (or have attended in the past) any of the program or special events at the Crocker, we’d love to hear about it and get your thoughts and insight. Email us at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

We’ll see you there!

March Events at the Crocker

February 28, 2011

Have you been to the new Crocker yet? Don’t wait, make March the month to check it out. Here are some great opportunities for you and your family to get involved!

Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 11AM
Wee Wednesday
Bring your little one and yourself to this gallery-based play date for children ages 3 to 5.  *FREE* with museum admission.

Tuesday, March 8, Noon-2PM
Homeschool Day
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the museum regularly for thematic gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. Registration is required. For pricing specifics and registration, click HERE or call 916.808.1182.  

Saturday, March 12, 1PM
Sunday, March 20, 11AM
Drop, Yak, Splat! A Museum Adventure for Families
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with museum admission.

Saturday, March 12, 4PM
Art Appetizers
On Second Saturdays, start your evening at the Crocker with a tour of the Museum’s most recent exhibitions. This is a 50-minute experience designed to fulfill your art cravings. *FREE* with museum admission.   

Sunday, March 20, 1-3PM
Youth Art Month Reception
In conjunction with the California Arts Education Association (CAEA), the Crocker is proud to serve as a venue for Youth Art Month. At this reception we celebrate the artists and recognize successful participating art programs. *FREE* with museum admission.

The Crocker Art Museum, established in 1885, is one of the leading art institutions in California. The museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events, and programs to augment its collections of Californian, European, Asian, African and Oceanic artworks.

The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10AM–7PM, Tuesday and Wednesday; 10AM–9PM, Thursday; 10AM–5PM, Friday through Sunday. Every third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Bank of America. For more information, call 916.808.7000 or click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

February at the Crocker Art Museum

February 14, 2011

You may or may not know that we at East Sac Mom are huge supporters of the arts, and exposing our children to both local and global culture. Is there a better place in Sacramento to do that than the Crocker? You may be surprised to find out that they have tons of activities for families with children of all ages!

Friday, February 18, 6PM-Saturday, February 19, 8AM
Family Sleepover: Sleeping with the Gods
Gather your family and friends, your sleeping bags, and spend the night at the Museum. Watch the action-packed adventure movie “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief” (PG, 118 minutes), go on a “Myth and Legends” treasure hunt, and paint vases in the style of ancient Greek potters. Late night snacks and a continental breakfast will be provided. Ask about discounts for groups of seven or more, including community groups and birthday parties. $65 members; $85 nonmembers.

Sunday, February 20, 11AM
Drop, Yak, Splat! A Museum Adventure for Families
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. Free with museum admission.

Monday, February 21, 10AM-5PM
President’s Day
Hear the Sacramento Youth Symphony perform patriotic songs, such as “America the Beautiful” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” at 2PM. Discover works of art celebrating the USA on a “Patriotic Tour” at 10:15AM, noon, and 2PM. From noon to 3PM, explore the meaning of our nation’s symbols while making a paper version of our national flower, and putting together an Uncle Sam-style top hat.

Wednesday, February 23, 11AM
Wee Wednesday
Bring your little one and yourself to this gallery-based play date for children ages 3 to 5.  Free with museum admission. Advance registration required. Register by clicking HERE.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and museum hours are 10AM–7PM, Tuesday–Wednesday; 10AM–9PM, Thursday; 10AM–5PM, Friday–Sunday. Every third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Bank of America. For more information, call 916.808.7000 or click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

January Activities at the Crocker Art Museum

December 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 11, 12-2PM
Homeschool Day
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the museum for thematic, gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. Registration is required. For pricing and registration, visit crockerartmuseum.org or call (916) 808-1182. 

Wednesdays, January 12, 19, 26, 11AM
Wee Wednesday
Bring your little one and yourself to this gallery-based play date for children ages 3 to 5.  Advance registration is required. Register at crockerartmuseum.org. *FREE* with admission.

Monday, January 17, 10AM-3PM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Crocker with inspirational tours based on King’s teachings at 10:30AM, 12:30PM, and 2:30PM; gospel music performances by Cosumnes River College Contemporary Gospel Choir at 11AM and 1PM; screenings of “Martin Luther King: Legacy of a Dream” at 12PM and 2PM; and at 10:30AM, 12PM, and 1:30PM, a reading of Faith Ringgold’s “My Dream of Martin Luther King” followed by a hands-on art making project. The museum is open until 5PM. *FREE* with admission.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street. Admission is *FREE* for members, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and older and college students, $5 for youth ages 6 to 17, and *FREE* for children younger than 6. For more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

December Programs at the Crocker + McKinley Library

December 1, 2010

December 2 – Gift Making for Kids – 3:30-4:30PM – McKinley Library
Your school-aged child can make handmade gifts for the holidays. *FREE*

December 11 – Holiday Party – 11AM-12PM – McKinley Library
Come visit with Santa and enjoy treats of the season at McKinley Library. *FREE*

December 11 – Drop, Yak, Splat! – 1PM – Crocker Art Museum
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with Museum admission.

December 14 – Homeschool Day – 12-2PM – Crocker Art Museum
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the Museum for thematic, gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. *FREE* but registration is required.

December 15 – Wee Wednesday – 11AM – Crocker Art Museum
Bring your little one and yourself to this gallery-based play date for children ages 3 to 5.  Registration is required. *FREE* with Museum admission.

December 16 – Cookie Decorating – 3:30-4:30PM – McKinley Library
Your teen can enjoy the sweetest of crafts in the kitchen. Cookies and supplies will be provided, as well as design ideas. *FREE*

December 19 – Drop, Yak, Splat! – 11AM – Crocker Art Museum
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with Museum admission.

December 26 – Kwanzaa Family Festival – 12-4PM – Crocker Art Museum
Celebrated worldwide, Kwanzaa focuses on family, community, creativity and the cultural traditions found in the African diaspora. At this museum-wide festival, the Crocker celebrates its new collection of African art with music and dance performances, unique studio art workshops, storytelling and much more. *FREE*

The McKinley Library is located at 601 Alhambra Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.264.2700.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000. (Note: Have you checked out the Crocker’s new website? Too cool!)

Crocker Art Museum Grand Opening

October 7, 2010

After years of planning, fundraising and building, the Crocker Art Museum is finally ready to reveal its new look! Opening 10.10.10, you won’t want to miss all the fun, *FREE* festivities and a chance to check out the “new” Crocker.

From 10AM to 10PM on October 10, celebrate the grand opening of the new 125,000-square-foot Teel Family Pavilion with entertainment for children, families and adults. The all-day art festival will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with community and Museum leaders. Highlights of the day’s festivities include: 12 hours of entertainment featuring performing and visual artists on multiple stages; a global arts block party with food, beer and wine; a creative community center with hands-on art activities and performances by regional dance troupes, bands and puppeteers; artist demonstrations; roaming street performers and living history interpreters; swing and salsa dance contests; and much more.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

FREE Day at the California Museum + Third Thursday Jazz

July 13, 2010

You already know we’re all about *FREE* activities and events, so we are excited about Target’s Arts & Wonder *FREE* Family Event. Target invites you and your family to see more of the arts while spending less. As part of their efforts to support education in the communities they serve, Target is sponsoring *FREE* admission to the California Museum on July 17 from 10AM to 5PM.

The California Museum is full of California history and culture. Families can easily spend hours walking through exhibits and participating in the interactive learning experiences. We like to pack lunch to eat outside beneath the huge “rights” wall. Be sure to check out the California Museum’s website for lots of online activities for kids.

The California Museum is located at 1020 O Street. For more information click HERE or call 916.653.7524.

Speaking of the arts and museums, we are anxiously anticipating the grand opening of the Crocker Art Museum coming in October. Until then, support the Crocker by attending the Third Thursday Jazz Summer Concert Series on July 15.

Held in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard, each concert features a different type of jazz from R & B and smooth to Latin rhythms and funk. With a versatile range from bebop to modern contemporary jazz, the Garrett Perkins Project is dedicated to promoting music that is at once educational and entertaining. Light refreshments and drinks are available for purchase. The concerts begin at 5:30PM and end at 8PM. Admission is *FREE* for Crocker members and $10 for non members.

Enter through the Courtyard gate on Third Street between O and P Streets. For more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

The Crocker Art Museum’s Homeschool Day + Wee Wednesday

May 10, 2010

If there is one group of moms who can appreciate *FREE* and inexpensive local activities, it would have to be homeschool moms. While at my day job I meet homeschool moms and their students pretty frequently (usually right after I ask if they are playing hookie from school) and they seem to always be on their way to some exciting adventure.

The Crocker Art Museum is offering a *FREE* Homeschool Day on Tuesday, May 11. Participants will compare and contrast the architecture of the old and new Crocker on an art trail and create their own 3-D artwork. They will also receive a post-visit art education activity to continue the experience at home. Homeschool Day takes place between 10AM and 1PM and is designed for small homeschool groups and individual families. Reservations are required, so to register, call 916.808.1182 or email education@crockerartmuseum.org.

Later on in the month, take your preschooler to the Crocker to enjoy Wee Wednesday. Wee Wednesdays are designed for children ages 3-5 and the special adult in their lives. Encourage your early learner’s development through multi-sensory activities inspired by art and storytelling. Two Wee Wednesday sessions will be offered at 10:30AM and 1PM on Wednesday, May 19. Reservations are required so to register, call 916.808.1182 or email education@crockerartmuseum.org. Participation is *FREE* with admission.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click here or call 916.808.7000. Admission to the Crocker is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students.

We’ll see you there!

Happy 125th Birthday to the Crocker Art Museum!

May 6, 2010

 

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Happy Birthday, Crocker Art Museum

On Saturday, May 8, the Crocker Art Museum will mark its 125th anniversary with a celebration of the Crocker family, the era in which they lived, and the generous gift of their Art Gallery and collection to the city of Sacramento. From noon to 4PM, all ages will enjoy events that hearken back to the Floral Festival in 1885, when the Museum was formally given to the City of Sacramento.  

Starting at noon, living history interpreters portraying Museum founders E. B. and Margaret Crocker and their daughter Aimée Crocker will greet visitors as they arrive. At 1:25PM, visitors are invited to join in singing Happy Birthday. Throughout the event, visitors can take part in a video project to record memories of and birthday wishes for the Crocker. Additional festivities include:  

  • Presentations by trick roper James Barrera and banjo-ologist Gordy Ohliger.
  • Dance and music performance by Folklorico Latino de Woodland.
  • Recitations of original Sacramento-inspired poems by poets from the Sacramento Poetry Center and storytelling with the Sacramento Public Library.
  • Tours highlighting the Museum’s architecture and floral-themed artworks.
  • Demonstrations of floral arranging by local gardening groups.
  • Cake decorating and tasting by River City Cake Co.
  • A display of Black paper dolls from the late 19th century.

The Crocker Art Museum was established on May 6, 1885, when Margaret E. Crocker presented her family’s art gallery building, grounds, and art collection “in trust for the public” to the public-private partnership of the City of Sacramento and the California Museum Association, now the Crocker Art Museum Association.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street. Admission on May 8 is $1.25 per person, and the festivities are free with admission. For more information, click here or call 916.808.1961. 

We’ll see you there!