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Kids and Families

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.

Bart’s Books: I Want My Hat Back

Bart’s Books: I Want My Hat Back

March 21, 2015

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 Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back.

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

Last year's Salvador Deli winner

Salvador’s Deli

March 8, 2015

Salvador’s Deli is a fundraiser created to award art materials to greater Birmingham area visual art teachers and students, who are in desperate need of art supplies for their classrooms. Proceeds help put art supply kits directly in the hands of these teachers and students. Each kit includes all of the materials necessary for an art project of the teacher’s choice, for up to 29 students.

The event will feature art made from food by local artists and art students. The celebration will join Birmingham’s burgeoning art and food communities to create an event to look forward to year after year. Salvador’s Deli is a fun evening of local music, food, and art. Celebrity judges will vote on winners, and you can cast your own vote with the people’s choice award!

If you are interested in submitting artwork or for more information about the event, please email Interim Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood kpgreenwood@artsbma.org. The deadline for submitting an application for entry is January 31, 2015.

Holi: Indian Culture Festival

Holi: Indian Culture Festival

March 7, 2015

Did you know that one of the biggest Hindu holidays—Holi—is celebrated in March? Take an adventure through the Museum’s Southeast Asian and Indian galleries for one of Birmingham’s favorite cultural celebrations. Music, dance, art activities, and more fill up the day!

Check back soon for a full schedule of events and performances!

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Oscar’s Brunch

March 1, 2015

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.

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

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

February 24, 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.

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

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

February 21, 2015

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.

Check back on the website soon to save your spot! Spots will go quickly!

Bart’s Books: The Spiffiest Giant in Town

Bart’s Books: The Spiffiest Giant in Town

February 21, 2015

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.

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

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

February 17, 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.

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

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

February 10, 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.

Kuna Kamaru: African Culture Festival

Kuna Kamaru: African Culture Festival

February 7, 2015

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!

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

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

February 3, 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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Oscar’s Brunch

February 1, 2015

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.

Bart’s Art Cart: Abstract Artwork

Bart’s Art Cart: Abstract Artwork

January 31, 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!

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

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

January 31, 2015

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.

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

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

January 27, 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.