Public Programs: Free Admission

WANDERING SPIRIT: AFRICAN WAX PRINTS

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 5:30-6:30 PM
LECTURE
Elizabeth Morton, Associate Professor of Art History at Wabash College, will speak about how internationally renowned contemporary artists have explored the visual and emotional impact of wax prints. Limited seating. 


MONDAY, MARCH 26, 9 AM
COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR
Walk through the galleries to learn about the art on view
with KAC Deputy Director, Tami Miller. 


King's Chair Dress Form, introduced in 1980; Courtesy of Beatrice Benson Collection

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN MINI MAKER FAIRE 

JUNE 2, 10 AM-4 PM
WHIRLPOOL CENTENNIAL PARK ST. JOSEPH, MI
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Krasl Art Center is thrilled to participate again in the Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Faire!  In collaboration with Berrien RESA, KAC teaching artists will create large-scale woodcuts printed with a steamroller!  Learn about the fascinating process of relief printmaking as you watch artists ink up their woodblocks, align their paper, and get steamrolled!  Young spectators will also have an opportunity to try printmaking on a smaller scale.
 
 

FAMILY DAYS @ THE MAUD PRESTON PALENSKE MEMORIAL LIBRARY

500 MARKET ST, ST JOSEPH, MI 49085
SATURDAYS, 11 AM-12:30 PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
While Krasl grounds are under construction, Family Days are moving next door to the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library!  Join us for coffee, snacks, and art activities.  
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JUNE 16: DIY PAPER KITES
Design, build, decorate and fly your own kite using paper, bamboo sticks, markers and string.  
 
JULY 21: BLOCK BUILDING CHALLENGE
Build small and build large using our Big Blue Blocks set, Architecture LEGO kits, and more!  Builders will work in teams to complete timed challenges to win small prizes and bragging rights.
 
AUGUST 18: PUBLIC SCULPTURE BIKE RIDE
11 AM-12 PM: Registration, snacks and helmet decorating
12 PM: ART & BIKES FAMILY FUN RIDE (approx. 8 miles)
Join us for a bike ride through St. Joseph and Benton Harbor to see the new locations of public sculptures in the KAC permanent collection.  Prepare for art and exercise by enjoying snacks and decorating your helmet to look like a public sculpture beforehand.
 

FAMILY NIGHTS @ THE BENTON HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY

213 E WALL ST, BENTON HARBOR, MI 49022
WEDNESDAYS, 5-6:30 PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
KAC is excited to continue partnering with the Benton Harbor Public Library to present free and fun art activities for families.
 
 
JUNE 13: AFRICAN ADINKRA CLOTH
Taking inspiration from the Wandering Spirit exhibition on view at the Krasl Art Center, participants will create patterned scarves based on traditional Adinkra cloth.
 
JUNE 27: CHINESE PAPER LANTERNS
Create colorful paper lanterns using simple materials like paper, scissors, glue and markers.  Participants can draw their own designs with markers or combine patterned paper and add embellishments.
 
JULY18: DREAM VACATION POSTCARDS
You can go anywhere in your imagination!  Draw and paint a scene from an imaginary vacation on a postcard, and mail it to a loved one.
 
AUGUST 1: DIY PAPER KITES
Design, build, and decorate your own kite using paper, bamboo sticks, markers and string.  Take it outside the next day and see it fly in the wind!
 
AUGUST 15: MONOGRAM RELIEF PRINTMAKING
Renaissance printmaker Albrecht Durer signed all of his work with a monogram, a symbol made out of his initials.  Design and carve your own monogram into a special foam plate and print multiple copies onto paper.  
 

STUDIO OPEN HOUSE: MICHIGAN WILDLIFE

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2-4 PM
PRESENTATION BY SARETT NATURE CENTER NATURALIST @ 3 PM
Create art inspired by a different Michigan animal in every studio at the Studio Open House!  Learn about our upcoming Fall art classes, meet our teaching artists and enjoy snacks and beverages as you try drawing, painting, animation, ceramics and more!  Visitors will also have a chance to see live animals and learn from a Sarett Nature Center naturalist.  All ages are welcome.
 

PECHAKUCHA

JUNE 28, 8 PM
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN REGIONAL AIRPORT, 1123 TERRITORIAL RD, BENTON HARBOR
$3 SUGGESTED DONATION
 
SEPTEMBER 15, 8:30 PM
THE LIVERY, 190 5TH STREET, BENTON HARBOR
$5 ARTOBERFEST ENTRY FEE
 
DECEMBER 6, 7 PM
BOX FACTORY FOR THE ARTS, 1101 BROAD STREET, ST. JOSEPH
$3 SUGGESTED DONATION
 
If you want to be surprised and inspired by the talent, creativity and passion in our local community, PechaKucha is the event for you!  Japanese for “chit chat,” PechaKucha is a concise presentation format of 20 slides for 20 seconds each (total 6 min 40 sec), where community members share their experiences and creative works.  You never know quite what to expect, but prepared to laugh, cry, and have fun.  Dates, times and locations will be posted at krasl.org
 

SAVE THE DATE: ARTPRIZE BUS TRIP

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
DEPART AT 9 AM- RETURN BY 8 PM
$50 includes transportation, snacks and tour fees; meals are not included.
It's hard to believe that the tenth annual ArtPrize event is coming up in 2018!  Join us for a day of exploration and guided museum tours at this sprawling city-wide exhibition.  View and vote on thousands of artworks displayed in museums, galleries, businesses and outdoor public spaces in Grand Rapids.  The bus will stop for dinner on the way home.