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Free Family Festival Features Music, Dance, and Art Activities

March 15, 2001

What: Getty Family Festival
When: Saturday, March 31, 2001 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: 1200 Getty Center Drive; exit on Getty Center Drive off the 405 Freeway.
Admission: Admission is free, and parking is just $5.
Parking: No reservations required. Parking is based on availability.
Press info: Pre-registration is required for all media.
Jean Miao, Getty Communications, 310-440-6617, Fax: 310-440-7722; e-mail: jmiao@getty.edu

LOS ANGELES--The J. Paul Getty Museum hosts a day of celebration on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., featuring dance and musical performances, storytelling, art-making workshops, and gallery activities. Admission is free. Picnic areas and family- friendly food are also available for purchase all day long. A detailed schedule of events follows.

The March Getty Family Festival is presented in conjunction with the Getty exhibition Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1937. This landmark show uses architectural drawings, photographs, models, books, and archival film clips to explore the origins and development of modern architecture in Central Europe before and after the First World War. The festival will feature music and dance of Central and Eastern Europe presented by Damian Darghici, Zhena Folk Chorus, AMAN Folk Ensemble, and a Klezmer ensemble. AMAN is famous for its dazzling international repertoire, extraordinary artistry, and colorful authentic costumes and instruments. Zhena Folk Chorus consists of 12 women who sing the folk songs of Croatia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Macedonia, Albania, Russia, and Ukraine with conviction and musical poise. Other special activities relating to Shaping the Great City include art workshops and storytelling with architectural themes.

Getty Family Festival Schedule of Events
Saturday, March 31, 2001


Live Music and Dance on the Plaza Stage in the Museum Courtyard:
11:15 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Damian Draghici - Romanian Gypsy Pan-Flute
1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Zhena Folk Chorus - Folk music and dance from Central and Eastern Europe
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Klezmer Ensemble
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Aman Folk Ensemble

Storytelling in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium:
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Michael Katz tells stories of Central Europe
12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m. Ellaraino tells stories about cities
2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Michael Katz
3:35 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Ellaraino

Puppets seen Getty-wide are inspired by James Ensor's painting Christ's Entry into Brussels in
1889 from the J. Paul Getty Museum collection:

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Michelle Berne's 12-foot-tall Ensor Puppets
2:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Michelle Berne's 12-foot-tall Ensor Puppets

Workshops featuring hands-on, art-making activities in the Museum Courtyard throughout the day:
Create and Send a Postcard
Create a Frame
Architectural Drawing--Draw the Getty Architecture
Architecture Workshop--Make Your Own Building

The Getty Family Festival is produced by Community Arts Resources, Inc. (CARS)

Family Fun at the Getty

In addition to the Getty Family Festival, the Getty Center offers ongoing daily activities for families (in English and Spanish) that are available in the Museum:

Art Adventures for Families - One-hour gallery tours for children and adults to enjoy together include an introduction to the Family Room and a fun, activity-filled visit to the galleries. Meet in the Museum Entrance Hall, under the stairs.

Family Room - Experience "Picture Yourself," a playful view of portraits, along with gameboxes, puzzles, picture books, computers, and other resources to make the most of a visit with children. Investigate techniques that artists use to make a portrait. Try on a costume similar to one in a painting--smile behind the marquesa's fan or pose on stage as the ambassador. Read a story or simply relax.

Gallery Games - "Perplexing Paintings" and "The Getty Art Detective" are games that help you explore the Museum through an art treasure hunt. Go at your own pace and get to know works of art. Gameboxes can be checked out in the Family Room.

Family Audioguide - Hear the "moo" when you view the painting A Maid Milking a Cow in a Barn. Listen to the sound of sculpture coming to life as a dragon's jaw cracks open. Hear stories and fun facts about intriguing works of art in the audioguide's 24 family stops, which help generate discussion between children and adults. For rental ($3) in the Museum's Entrance Hall.

Art Information Rooms - In four rooms throughout the Museum, you can examine how art is made, touch real parchment and gold leaf, or page through books. Also available is ArtAccess, an interactive multimedia computer system with information about works of art in the Getty collection. Knowledgeable docents are on hand to answer your questions.

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