Still Time to Register for February Fun Vacation Week Program

WORCESTER, MASS., FEBRUARY 5, 1999 - The Worcester Art Museum is continuing to accept registrations for its annual February Fun art workshops held February 16-19, 1999, for youth ages 3-17 during their school vacation week. This year's theme, "A World of Wonders," encourages children to create art while exploring cultures from around the world.

Students may choose from more than 50 workshops and experiment with clay, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and costume design. Daily workshops are available in both morning and afternoon sessions, with a supervised lunch break provided if desired. Special family workshops are also available for children ages 3-5. February Fun also offers all-day workshops for high school students and other youth who are developing portfolios.

As an added bonus, the Museum will offer an expanded Extended Day Program, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m, which gives parents the option of enrolling children ages 5-12 in supervised, recreational activities before and/or after workshops. Instructors will lead age-appropriate activities, including stories and games, during these times.

Spaces for this vacation week program fill quickly, so register your children soon by calling 508.799.4406, x3007 or x3056. When you call, ask about the Museum's April Art Break session, which is a youth art workshop program held April 20-23, 1999, during spring school vacation week.

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.