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Thursday, July 7, 2011

ASU Art Museum's Annual Family Fun Day, Tempe AZ

 A special family event featuring crafts, readings, and performances in addition to the museum's Words of Art Summer Family Exhibition.

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 9.  Arizona State University Art Museum, Mill Avenue and 10th Street, Tempe. Admission is free.

Guests at every literacy level can enjoy the 12th annual Summer Family Exhibition "Words of Art," which focuses on the interaction between pictures and words.

Through Sept. 3, this free exhibition fills the museum's two largest galleries. More than 1,000 parents and children are expected to attend.

The idea for the exhibit came to Jean Makin, curator of the museum's print collection, when ASU professor Claudia Brown asked her to pull prints for a class on text in visual art. Surprised at the number of pieces she uncovered featuring writing, Makin realized the topic could make for an exhibition with all-ages appeal.

At every corner, interactive magnet-poetry boards and reading stations will help keep younger patrons engaged. Outside in the main entryway, volunteers will help children make finger puppets and buttons. Performers will lead youngsters in dances, and a yet-to-be-named PBS character will make an in-the-flesh (or in-the-big-fluffy-costume) appearance.

At a booth sponsored by Changing Hands Bookstore, authors Chris Gall and Adam Rex will read from their children's books. Gall will also improvise a set of illustrations based on kids' shouted-out requests to create a story.

It all adds up to a packed day of art, reading, and family time.

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