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Muskegon Museum of Art Presents Art and Free Spring Event Activities for Families

The Muskegon Museum of Art presents two special exhibitions and six free events loaded with family-friendly art and activities in March and April. The exhibitions highlight children’s book art by 20 top-notch Michigan illustrators and artwork by Muskegon County K-12 students. Free family events include both evening and Saturday programs.

Exhibitions

20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators presents a curated view of art by children’s illustrators from across the mitten. Work by both nationally recognized household names in children’s literature and emerging illustrators from the state are on display. From paintings, drawings, and collages, to pieces that are entirely digitally rendered, this exhibition celebrates the diversity found amongst illustrators here in Michigan. 20 for 20 runs through April 19, making this a great Spring Break must-see. Underwritten by The Folkert Family Foundation and the DTE Foundation.

Expressions 2020: 38th Annual Muskegon County Student Art Exhibition runs March 25 through April 26. The show is a collaboration between the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and the MMA that celebrates the artistic talents of Muskegon County’s K-12 students. The exhibition features exceptional artworks in a variety of media, selected by art instructors from each of the public, charter, and private schools in the county. Underwritten by the Muskegon Area ISD and Comerica Bank.

Free Family Events & Activities

Admission and activities are free for all ages at these events.

Bookworm Super Saturday
Saturday, March 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
March is reading month and the MMA is celebrating with this bookworm-themed Super Saturday. Free admission for all ages.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Family Film
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Tour the 20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators exhibition with an MMA docent
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make and take craft in the classroom.

Community Family Fun Night
With MMA, Hackley Public Library, and Lakeshore Museum Center
Friday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Visit the Muskegon Museum of Art, Hackley Public Library, and Lakeshore Museum Center for a FREE community family fun night! The MMA will be featuring free gallery admission, docent tours, and a drop in craft in the classroom from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Drawing Workshop: Creative Creatures with Corinne Roberts
Saturday, March 28, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Corinne Roberts, professional illustrator and 20 for 20 exhibiting artist, will conduct a creative creatures drawing workshop in the MMA classroom. Families are encouraged to bring their own sketchbooks and pencils for an imaginative session under Corinne’s instruction. FREE. First come, first served.

Spring Break Pajama Party & Book Fair

Thursday, April 9, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Meet the artists from 20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators and have fun at this special Spring Break party and book fair. The free event will include:
• Meet and greet with your favorite 20 for 20 children’s book illustrators
• Books for purchase
• Bookmark making in the classroom
• Storytime in the auditorium
Free to attend; pajamas and stuffed friends are welcome!

Postcards Super Saturday
Saturday, April 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Mail call! Join us at the MMA for a postcard-themed Super Saturday and check out our community driven Postcard Salon exhibition, which will be on display April 2-16.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Family Film
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Tour the Postcard Salon with an MMA docent
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make your own creative postcard in the classroom!

Birds Super Saturday
Saturday, May 9, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spring is in full swing here in Michigan and this bird-themed Super Saturday is a way to celebrate.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Family Film
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Explore the galleries and discover birds with an MMA docent
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make your own creative bird feeder in the classroom!
Super Saturdays are underwritten by Arconic – Whitehall Operations.

More for Families

Free Admission & Tours
The MMA offers daily free admission for kids ages 16 and under and free admission for everyone on Thursday evenings from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Free drop-in guided tours with MMA docents are also available from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursdays.

Gifts for Children at the MMA Store
The MMA Store stocks a wide variety of children’s books, art supplies and activity kits, plush toys, Uncle Goose wood blocks, and more.

Visitor information is available at www.muskegonartmuseum.org

Museum Hours:
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 10-5
Wednesday 10-5
Thursday 10-8
Friday 10-5
Sunday noon-5

Admission: $10 Adult/$8 Senior 65+/$6 Student 17 & up with I.D./Free through age 16/Free for MMA members.
Group Admission: $8 per adult with minimum 20-ticket purchase. Call 231.720.2571 for group reservations or membership information.