The Toledo Museum of Art’s Family Center

. November 28, 2012.
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An artsy start to the weekend

The Toledo Museum of Art’s Family Center is giving kids and their parents a new reason to say “T.G.I.F.” with an alternative that is fun, educational and accessible for the whole family. The last Friday of every month, the Family Center hosts a local artist who speaks to families with children 10 and under about their process and inspiration. Started back in September, the Family Center’s creative curators have devised a way to connect each month’s exhibition with an interactive learning experience. This month, kids not only get to admire TMA’s very own Mary Gaynier’s paper-cut portraits — a fun spin on paper snowflakes — but they get to create some of their own. “The idea is to break down an artwork into elements and principles of design so that together, families can appreciate not just the art that hangs in museums, but art that is being created all around them, everyday,” says Center manager Regina Jankowski.  Best of all, it’s a nice way to introduce families to local artists and increase their awareness of the vibrant arts community in the Glass City. Free. Friday, December 28. 6-7pm. For more information, contact Regina Jankowski, 419-255-8000, ext. 7411 or visit www.toledomuseum.org. —CC