Hanukkah Family Day

Art, Music, and More


Sunday, December 10, 2017
12 – 4 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

Ages 3 & up

Celebrate the festival of lights as a family at the Jewish Museum! Build a sculptural Hanukkah lamp with funky found objects — a Jewish Museum tradition. Dance to the pop-rock tunes of Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, sketch Hanukkah lamps from around the globe on a gallery tour, watch a unique Hanukkah story come to life through a drawing performance by Jeff Hopkins, and collaborate on a giant light collage. 

Family Day Schedule

Noon – 4 pm: Drop-In Art Workshops

Found Object Menorahs

Design whimsical Hanukkah menorah sculptures with found objects such as wood shapes, spools, and metallic forms inspired by Hanukkah lamps in the Jewish Museum collection.

Fabric Collage Holiday Cards
Using colorful patterned fabrics create a collage design on the front of a card that is inspired by the patterns and fabrics on view in Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress.
Metallic Light Prints

Create an image inspired by the Hanukkah story or the theme of light and then ink the design with metallic colors to create a vibrant print to share for the holiday.
Collaborative Work of Art

Collaborate on a large scale luminous work of art using colored cellophane and other materials to create a striking light-filled canvas.

12:30 and 2:30 pm: Two Concerts—Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

Kindie rocker Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights will bring families to their feet with their high energy and playful sound ranging from pop-rock to gospel to country. They will perform their original Hanukkah song “Spinning” as well as traditional classics. Hear tunes as well from their 8th Children's album, Brooklyn Baby! along with other fan favorites.

Joanie Leeds, one of the top nationally touring kindie rock singers, has played for thousands of families all across the country. As a singer/songwriter, Joanie has won first place in the USA Songwriting Competition, an Independent Music Award, Gold Parents' Choice Award, NAPPA Gold Award and she has been a John Lennon Songwriting Award Finalist and an International Songwriting Competition Finalist. Her original music with her band Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights has been featured in People Magazine, USA Today, Parents Magazine, New York Times and Washington Post. Joanie is also a proud PJ Library artist and she is currently touring the USA promoting her 8th children's CD, Brooklyn Baby! 

1:30 pm: Drawing Performance

Hanukkah Stories Coming to Life
Kids will see a playful tale unfold in this eye-catching performance using live drawing, animation, and narration with sound and movement. On wall-sized paper Jeff Hopkins brings characters and action to life in this one-of-a-kind happening created for Hanukkah Family Day.
Jeff Hopkins is a storyteller, illustrator, and educator. He performs his drawing/storytelling shows for students and families at schools and museums all over the country. For the past 15 years, Jeff has worked as a teaching artist for arts organizations such as the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum and the American Ballet Theater. In addition, he has received honors for his illustrated children’s books.

1 pm and 3:15 pm: Spotlight Tours
An educator will conduct a brief gallery tour with a sketching opportunity that will spotlight Hanukkah lamps from around the world in The Jewish Museum’s renowned collection.

All day
Explore the galleries with a Hanukkah lamp hunt and family guides for our special exhibitions Modigliani Unmasked and Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress.

RSVP Recommended. Includes Museum Admission; admission is free for children 18 and under

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