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Kids and their families have so much to explore at the BMA! Travel to faraway lands, make history come alive, and discover the world of art together in our galleries and family spaces. From family tours and art activities to cultural celebrations on special Family Days, there’s always something new to do. Make plans to visit during one of our many family programs, or stop by anytime for free fun in Bart’s ArtVenture and Bart’s Lair Under the Stairs.

January 2015
Free

Family Tour: Wear/Where: Clothing From Around The World

January 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every week until February 25, 2015

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Wear/Where: Clothing From Around The World will explore self-expression through garments worn in cultures across the globe.

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FREE for BMA Members // $12 for non-members

Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries Opens

January 31

Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries is the first exhibition to explore this little-known field of small-format 17th-century paintings from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age.

Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art, the exhibition brings together 40 small-scale oil paintings, most of which are no more than ten inches in height, by 28 artists who lived and worked in what is today the Netherlands and Belgium during the 17th century.

During the Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish painting in the 17th century, artists demonstrated more than ever before a love for minute and precise detail by painting on a small scale. At the time, the incredible technical skills of artists were highly revered, creating a demand for small-scale portraits. These precious paintings played an important part of many artists’ practices but have historically been overlooked by scholars and museum exhibitions.

Drawn from public and private collections throughout the United States, Small Treasures features the small –scale work of the greatest masters of Dutch and Flemish art including Anthony van Dyck, Adriaen Brouwer, David Teniers, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Gerard Terborch, Gerrit Dou, and Frans van Mieris.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, featuring all of the exhibited paintings reproduced in full.

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Free

Bart’s Art Cart: Abstract Artwork

January 31 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Every week until February 1, 2015

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

Do your best Jackson Pollack imitation as you make your own abstract expressionist artwork!

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February 2015

Oscar’s Brunch

February 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal brunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends. Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.

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Free

Family Tour: Wear/Where: Clothing From Around The World

February 3 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every week until February 25, 2015

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Wear/Where: Clothing From Around The World will explore self-expression through garments worn in cultures across the globe.

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Bart’s Art Cart: Chinese New Year Dragons

February 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Every week until March 1, 2015

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

Ring in Chinese New Year by making your own movable dragon!

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Free

Kuna Karamu: African Culture Festival

February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the arts and cultures of Africa with us! Go on an adventure in our African Galleries with a scavenger hunt, weave your own Kente cloth, or sculpt an African pot! Enjoy authentic African food, music, and fashion, and cap off the fun with a family-friendly film!

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Free

Family Tour: Wear/Where: Clothing From Around The World

February 10 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every week until February 25, 2015

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Wear/Where: Clothing From Around The World will explore self-expression through garments worn in cultures across the globe.

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Bart’s Art Cart: Chinese New Year Dragons

February 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Every week until March 1, 2015

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

Ring in Chinese New Year by making your own movable dragon!

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Free

Family Tour: Wear/Where: Clothing From Around The World

February 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until February 25, 2015

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Wear/Where: Clothing From Around The World will explore self-expression through garments worn in cultures across the globe.

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Free

Bart’s Books: The Spiffiest Giant in Town

February 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bart’s Books is a storytelling program for children ages 4-7. Bart selects a new book and related work of art each month that he thinks kids will enjoy.

This month, Bart has selected The Spiffiest Giant in Town, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Bart’s Books is sponsored by Publix Super Market Charities.

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Bart’s Art Cart: Chinese New Year Dragons

February 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Every week until March 1, 2015

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

Ring in Chinese New Year by making your own movable dragon!

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$10 for BMA Members // $20 for non-members (includes ticket into Small Treasures)

It’s the Little Things: Small Objects with a Big Effect on Life in the Dutch Golden Age with Dolores Hydock

February 21 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

You could hold them all in the palm of your hand: five tiny things that were a huge part of life in seventeenth-century Holland. To complement the Small Treasures exhibition, storyteller Dolores Hydock shares stories of these miniature marvels and the role they played in a small country at the height of its power.

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Free

Family Tour: Wear/Where: Clothing From Around The World

February 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until February 25, 2015

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Wear/Where: Clothing From Around The World will explore self-expression through garments worn in cultures across the globe.

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Bart’s Art Cart: Chinese New Year Dragons

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until March 1, 2015

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

Ring in Chinese New Year by making your own movable dragon!

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