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Second Saturdays expand to include Hands/ON! at the Nevada Museum of Art


Reno, NV (January 4, 2012)–The Nevada Museum of Art is excited to announce the continuation of Second Saturdays, providing free admission to all visitors on the second Saturday of each month in 2012, thanks to generous sponsorship by the Nightingale Family Foundation. In addition to free admission, guests can also enjoy free family programming from 10 am – 4pm as the popular hands/ON! family program moves to Second Saturdays, featuring drop-in hands-on art projects, docent-led gallery activities, storytelling, and performances in the theater.

“The Museum’s intention in combining hands/ON! with Second Saturdays is to not only provide free admission but also free programming to a diverse audience,” commented David B. Walker, Executive Director | CEO, Nevada Museum of Art. “Our goal is to continue to engage families and develop life-long relationships with those that take part.”

Designed to increase the Museum’s outreach to families throughout the Reno-Tahoe community, free admission to the Museum on Second Saturdays provides residents and visitors of the Northern Nevada region an opportunity to increase their cultural awareness and exposure to the arts, while hands/ON! offers families a fun and interactive way to engage with each other.

Each hands/ON! event has a monthly theme inspired by Museum exhibitions, cultural events and/or community events:

January 14: Cowboy Up: Trick Roping, Cattle Branding and Campfire Songs (Cowboy Poetry)
February 11: Mexican Carnival: Face Painting, Mask Making and Maracas (Cultural Event)
March 10: Light and Color: Stained Glass Windows and Kaleidoscopes (*Art Glass of the Tiffany Era)
April 14: Strings and Things: Collages, Prints and Paper (*Anne Lindberg: Modal Lines)
May 12: Green Thumbs Up: Art + Environment = Fun! (Art + Environment/Seasonal)
June 9: Slick Kids: Oil Resists and Altered Landscapes (*Edward Burtynsky: Oil)
July 14: Pottery and Patterns: Pinch, Pull, Play! (*Blom Southwest Pottery / *Spirit of the Arts and Craft Era)
August 11: Little Burners: Collective Art & Performance (Reno Community – Burning Man)
September 8: Up, Up and Away! Art Takes Flight (Reno Community – Balloon Festival)
October 13: Dia de los Muertos: Sugar Skulls, Papel Picado and Face Painting (Cultural Event)
November 10: Rhythms of the Great Basin: American Indian Art (*The Way We Live: American Indian Art of the Gt. Basin)
December 8: Light it Up! Neon Nevada (*The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon Signs)

*denotes Museum exhibition

Second Saturdays are Free Thanks to the Nightingale Family Foundation. Support for hands/ON! is provided by Mathewson CLAT #4, the Sato Foundation, the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission and Art4Moore.

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