Taking children to an art museum may not sound appealing to some parents, but at the Ann Arbor Art Fair there are specific events and areas that have been designed with kids and families in mind. This year’s Art Fair runs from Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23.
Art Activity Zone
Located on Ingalls Mall, off of E. Washington Street the Art Activity Zone will be open daily, Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday from noon to 6pm. This year activities will include some great opportunities to use your imagination and create! LEGOLAND Discovery Center of Michigan invites builders of all ages to help build murals that will be permanently displayed at their Discovery Center in Auburn Hills. The Cranbrook Art Museum will be bringing in wooden figurines designed by Alexander Girard and invite everyone to come design, paint and embellish your own fantastic figurine.
Visit www.artfair.org/page/art-activity-zone for specific event schedules.
Art Demo Zone
Come to the Fountain Stage, located next to the fountain on Ingalls Mall to see performances throughout the Art Fair. Demos take place Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm and Sunday from noon until 4pm. One demonstration that may be particularly interesting for children will be seeing woodworker Cliff Lounsbury turn functional objects with his lathe, taking requests from the crowd on Saturday from 3-4pm and Sunday from 2-3pm.
Specific performances and demos schedule available at www.artfair.org/page/art-demo-zone.
Street Painting: Not your average sidewalk chalk
Did you know that chalk art can be traced back to the 16th century in Italy? Each year an artist is invited to create or recreate a famous work of art in chalk on the street. Past artists have included Tess Tobolic and Taurus Burns. The chalk artist this year is Tess Marhofer and she will be “painting” a recreation of Gustav Klimt’s Hygieia in the center of Ingalls Mall. Watching the laborious process can be an eye opening experience, one that children can relate to since they too have used the medium of chalk on cement. Look for the amazing street paintings at the Art Fair this year!
As you’re wandering the Fair keep your eyes open for the street performers including Bob Culbertson who is a master at playing the Stick, a twelve-stringed instrument. Culbertson plays a wide range of musical genres from Spanish to Celtic to Jazz. Children will enjoy listening and dancing to his music.