Carnaval de Paris Family Day at Worcester Art Museum

WORCESTER, MASS., October 12, 1999-Join in the merry-making, walk the streets of Paris and experience the City of Lights at the Worcester Art Museum's last Family Day of this century on Sunday, November 7, 1999, from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Admission is free for children aged 17 and under.

"There will be fun activities for everyone at this Family Day," says Brian Keliher, assistant curator of Education. "You'll get to experience what life was like in the streets of Paris at the turn of the century through music, storytelling, hands-on art making, and more. You'll also be able to visit the exhibition everyone is talking about, Alphonse Mucha: The Spirit of Art Nouveau, and immerse yourself in the art of this enchanting era." This program is supported by BankBoston Showcase for Kids Series.

Family Day Entertainment:

Lucie Therrien, Franco-American singer, will perform songs from turn-of-the-century France. You'll hear the music of Paris and learn what life was like through song.

Rona Leventhal, storyteller, will bring to life the story of the artist Degas and his sculpture, Little Dancer Fourteen Years Old. You'll learn how an artist gains inspiration to create a masterpiece.

Dancers from the Performing Arts School of Worcester will perform pieces inspired by the images of Alphonse Mucha. You'll be amazed and delighted as Mucha's paintings and posters come to life through the beauty and elegance of dance.

Bon Jour! You'll need to know a few words and phrases in French to get along on the streets of Paris, no? Elise Dembell, French teacher from Notre Dame Academy, will help you parler Francais!

Make your own beret, create an Art Nouveau-inspired print, and enjoy other hands-on activities in the Museums' studios.

Learn about the fascinating artist who spent many years of his life in the "City of Lights" on a guided tour of Alphonse Much: The Spirit of Art Nouveau.

Discover even more details about Alphonse Mucha by watching a video about this inspiring artist.

Museum Background

Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.