Hanukkah Family Day

Art, Music, and More


Sunday, December 2, 2018
11 am – 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, dance to the pop-rock tunes of Josh & The Jamtones, and 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 work of art.

Family Day Schedule:

11 am – 4 pm: Drop-In Art Workshops

- Found Object Menorah Sculptures
Design whimsical Hanukkah menorah sculptures with found objects such as wood shapes, spools, wire, and metallic forms inspired by new Hanukkah lamps on view in Scenes from the Collection.

- Colorful Light Window Books
Using brightly colored cellophane and cut-outs to create playful peek-a-boo windows and light shapes for your accordion book.

- Painted Holiday Scenes
Inspired by the paintings of Chagall, design a flying family scene with a Hanukkah theme using watercolor and layered collage.
- Collaborative Work of Art
Collaborate on a large scale Hanukkah sculpture using cardboard, colored tape, giant shapes, mesh and more inspired by the whimsical work of Larry Kagan on view.

11:30 am and 2 pm: Two Concerts — Josh & the Jamtones
Jump to the roots-reggae-pop tunes of Josh & the Jamtones with sounds that bring the whole family to their feet. Fronted by singer/songwriter Josh Shriber, the Jamtones have taken the kindie music scene by storm with their rock-and-roll dance parties. Hear funky twists on Hanukkah tunes such as “Oh Hanukkah,” their original “Hanukkah Time,” and other family favorites for the holiday.

1 pm: Drawing Performance — Hanukkah Stories Coming to Life
Families will see an exciting tale unfold in this eye-catching performance using live drawing, animation, and narration with 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.

12:30 and 3:00 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.

Free with Museum Admission, admission free for children 18 and under

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