U.Va. Art Museum Family Festival Celebrates Words and Images

September 26, 2006

Sept. 26, 2006 -- In honor of the 20th anniversary of the “Writer's Eye” competition, the University of Virginia Art Museum will present the family festival “When Words & Paint Collide: Celebrating 20 Years of Writer's Eye” on Saturday, Oct. 14. The “Writer's Eye” program runs through November 3.
The festival is co-sponsored with the Charlottesville Writing Center in honor of its 10th anniversary.
This multi-arts family festival will allow children ages 4 -12 and their families to participate in several activities related to the “Writer's Eye” selected artwork, including:

• word and image collaging (inspired by artists books in the museum’s “Complicit!” exhibition), working with Heather Burns, director of the Charlottesville Writing Center,

• theater activities (creating dialogues or monologues for characters found in the artwork) with Mecca Burns of Presence Center for Applied Theater Arts and

• movement-based activities with Cynthia Bragg, dancer and a University of Virginia graduate student in the Curry School of Education.

All participants will have the opportunity to make a small book to write in and to participate in a treasure hunt with a raffle for door prizes. “Writer's Eye” docent-led tours and self-guided tours will be available for families. Refreshments will be provided.

The festival and the “Writer's Eye” competition are organized in conjunction with the special exhibition “Complicit! Contemporary American Art and Mass Culture” on view now through Oct. 29. 
The festival will take place in the museum’s galleries and in the museum's new Education Resource Center on the mezzanine.

Family festivals are free to museum members, and $15 per family for non- members. Families may join at the door. Reservations are required.  Please call the education office at (434) 924-7458 or museumoutreach@virginia.edu by Oct. 11.

The University of Virginia Art Museum is located at 155 Rugby Road, a short distance from the Rotunda. Parking for this event will be available at the Westminster Presbyterian Church at 190 Rugby Road, on 17th Street behind the church, within walking distance to the museum.