Free family events MLK Day Art Institute of Chicago. The AIC is free on all weekdays in January 2019 for Illinois residents with valid ID. Children ages 14-17, with a school ID, drivers license, report card or other document and all ll children under age 14 are always free.
Where: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave., 312-443-3600. Guide to the Art Institute of Chicago.
When: Monday, January 21, 2019. Open daily 10:30–5:00.
Free kids events Ryan Learning Center (Modern Wing 159 E. Monroe) 10:30AM-3:00PM
Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visit the exhibition Night Coming Tenderly, Black. Take a journey through the museum and explore the idea of freedom through creative art making and collaborative activities with artists, musicians, poets, teens, and families from across Chicago.
Night Comes On Gently—THE FAMILY ROOM. Explore silhouettes and shadows while drawing on black paper.
Give and Take—INTERACTIVE GALLERY. Make a drawing or sculpture and leave it for someone else, take a work of art made by another visitor, or contribute to a collective assemblage.
Mixed-Media Collage—CLASSROOM 5. Layer textured papers together to create collaged portraits of power.
The Little Studio—CLASSROOMS 3 AND 4. (AGES 5 AND UNDER). Fairness and friendship, diversity and dreams—our youngest festivalgoers explore big concepts through sensory–rich experiences and art making.
Darkness and Light—STUDIO B. Create a mixed-media artwork combining drawing and collage in response to Dr. King’s words.
Dreaming the Future—STUDIO A. Learn about the journey of Dr. King and create your own “journey book” by mapping places you have been and would like to go.
ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM GALLERIES
Performance: Reborn Poetry Ensemble—GRIFFIN COURT. 12:15 AND 1:15 (30 MINUTES). Artists ages 9–14 from the award–winning poetry slam team perform original work in tribute to Dr. King and inspired by the photography of Dawoud Bey.
Collaborative Project: Folded Map—GRIFFIN COURT. Englewood photographer and activist Tonika Johnson invites visitors to think about the qualities of the spaces where they live. Learn about her Folded Map project; then create your own family portrait and add it to an oversized map of Chicago.
Express Talk: Connecting Past and Present—MEET IN GRIFFIN COURT. ADULTS AND CHILDREN AGES 12 AND UP. 12:00 AND 2:00 (30 MINUTES). Visit two artworks that speak across culture or time to illuminate themes of creativity, place, and power.
Interactive Performance: Sonic Tops—CHICAGO GALLERY. 11:00–2:30pm. Drop in to enjoy sound and movement performances with composer and musician Douglas Ewart on sonic tops, flute, didjeridu, voice, and other instruments. Choreographer and dancer Nicole “Nikki” Nolan and percussionist Coco Elysses join in. Between sessions, you can learn to spin the tops, too.
Picture Book Reading—GALLERY 144. AGES 7 AND UNDER. 12:00 (20 MINUTES) That Is My Dream! by Langston Hughes and Daniel Miyares. 1:30 (20 MINUTES) Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold.
Darkness and Light—GALLERY 100. Create a mixed-media artwork combining drawing and collage in response to Dr. King’s words.
Art and Identity: Freedom in Being Galleries 263, 289, 293, 295. Explore ideas of identity and freedom as you experience the collection and make art in conversation with young people from the Art Institute’s Teen Council, Teen Lab, and Marwen Internship.