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Toy-Inspired WACky Family Day

By Westport Arts Center

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Maya Sherman, 6, and her mother Lisa at the Westport Arts Center’s September 2012 WACky Family Day. Photo by Phyllis Groner.
Kids and their families are invited to visit the Westport Arts Center on Sunday, March 10, from 1:00-3:00 p.m and take part in a range of toy-inspired art projects. “WACky Family Day,” the Arts Center’s popular program, is an opportunity for families to engage in quality art projects in a creative community environment. For the Sunday program, WAC will deliver a series of art workshop stations, with a local teaching artists leading interactive art workshops.

WAC Director of Education, Danielle Ogden, said, “We are so excited to present children and families with an afternoon inspired by toys, whimsical creations, and WAC’s current exhibition: ‘William Wegman: The Traveler.’ Local artists will present a range of dynamic art materials for projects such as mixed-media animal marionette puppets, postcard collage creations, and build-a-noodle toys.“

During the program, there will be an awards ceremony for the winners of WAC’s 2013 Toy Makers II design competition, in which students were asked to submit toy concepts. WAC received over 136 toy designs ranging from pinball machines to mechanical robots. Jurors Melissa and Doug Bernstein, founders of Melissa & Doug, an American manufacturer and purveyor of children’s educational toys, thoughtfully selected the submissions and will present first, second, and third prizes for both ages groups (5-8 and 9-12).

WAC encourages participants to bring travel postcards and photos, to WACky Family Day which will be incorporated into their own projects. Families of all ages are invited to attend; younger kids can hang out in a play zone, provided by event sponsor Melissa & Doug toy company.

Calder Man Toy Sculpture made at the WAC Art Studio. Photo by Helen Klisser During.
Admission is $10/child. Admission is free for adults and children age two and under. Due to the popularity and in order to ensure the quality of this program, advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Pre-registration is requested by phone at (203) 222-7070 or by purchasing tickets online at Ticket sales at the door will be on a first-come first-served basis.

The Westport Arts Center is supported with funds from the Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc., Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Cohen and Wolf, P.C., the Connecticut Office of the Arts, 4th Row Films, Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation, Fairfield County Bank, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Gault, Inc., Greenwich Medical Skincare & Laser Spa, GWAY Marketing Gymnasium, Andrew J. & Christine C. Hall Foundation, Melissa & Doug, Mitchell's of Westport, Moffly Media, Newman’s Own Foundation, Pepperidge Farm, Inc., Riverside Management Group, LLC, Robinson and Cole, LLP, Sun Hill Foundation, Thomas C. Hofstetter of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Westport Resources, Xerox Foundation, and WSHU Public Radio Group.

For more information or to register, contact Westport Arts Center at 203-222-7070, Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

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