A Day of Free Art Projects, Storytelling, and Other Activities for the Entire Family

Family Day Returns to the Cantor Arts Center
Sunday, May 4, 2008, 11 am–3 pm, Free

Stanford, California — The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University announces Family Day, open free to the public, Sunday, May 4, 2008, from 11 am to 3 pm. This event, planned in conjunction with the exhibition “Living Traditions: Arts of the Americas,” presents hands-on projects, storytelling, and basket weaving.

“With the exhibition as our inspiration, we’ve planned a wonderful day filled with art and craft projects honoring traditional Native American arts,” said Amy Salisbury, chair of the Family Day Committee of Next Generation, a group of members dedicated to fostering the development of the next generation of Cantor Arts Center members and volunteer leaders. “Plan to spend the day and picnic on the beautiful grounds of the Cantor Arts Center. Kid-friendly food will be available for sale.”

Storyteller Jessie Riddle, a member of the Apache (father)and Pit River (mother) tribes, performs during Family Day from 11:30 to 12:30 and from 1 to 2 pm. With a desire to share strong moral values and cultural awareness with people of all ages, Riddle uses baskets, feathers, acorns, and other objects from nature to help her tell tales

Kimberly Stevenot, a traditional California basket weaver and a member of the Memuk tribe, demonstrates basket-weaving techniques from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Stevenot, who wears traditional dress for demonstrations, said, "I gather all of the native California materials myself with my family. My sister and I are fifth generation of documented family basket weavers. Family baskets can be seen at the Phoebe Hearst Museum in Berkeley, California."

The day’s hands-on arts and crafts projects for children include building a community totem pole, weaving on a loom, beading necklaces, constructing “dream catchers,” making canoe models, and other activities. Materials are provided, free of charge.

Family Day is open free to the public, with no reservation or sign-up. Family Day is open 11 am to 3 pm, and the Cantor Arts Center is open to all visitors 11 am to 5 pm. There is ample, free parking on weekends. The event will take place rain or shine. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, or they can purchase food at the Cantor Arts Center. For Family Day information call 650-725-3155. For general visitor information, visit www.museum.stanford.edu, or call 650-723- 4177.

Family Day, a Next Generation event, is made possible through generous support from the Connie Eisenstat Fund for Education, the Barbara and Arnold Silverman Fund, the Stanford Office of Public Affairs, and the members of the Cantor Arts Center.

“Living Traditions: Arts of the Americas,” on view in two galleries, presents highlights from the Center’s collection and works on loan. Works are from diverse Native American peoples and times, including Mesoamerican ceramics, Native American baskets, and a small number of Northern California Hupa, Yurok, and Karuk objects. Northwest Coast selections are especially well represented in the exhibition: large bird masks with full ceremonial dress, carved cedar posts topped by a 14-foot-long lintel, more than 30 pieces on loan from the Fred and Marsha Rehmus collection, and other works. Information in the gallery puts the works into context of Native People's history and traditions that continue today.

VISITOR INFORMATION: Cantor Arts Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm. Admission is free. The Center is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free after 4 p.m. and all day on weekends. Information: 650-723-4177, museum.stanford.edu.

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Neive Wellington gets help on her art project from her grandmother Jenne Wellington at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

Learn more about the exhibition “Living Traditions: Arts of the Americas”