Community Open House

Community Open House

Dahlov Ipcar (United States, born 1917), Blue Savanna, oil on canvas, 36 1/16 x 50 1/4 inches, gift of the artist, 1987.58

Free to the public all day long, the Community Open House shows off the first phase of Your Museum, Reimagined, including the major exhibitions Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art and Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange along with brand new spaces, including The Workshop, the PMA's new participatory space.

Throughout the day, the museum will offer a wide range of family activities inspired by Modern Menagerie, the PMA’s new animal-themed installation. Come and let the collection inspire you to create an animal mask, participate in a dramatic storytelling experience, and much more.

Stripes and Spots: An Interactive Theatre Workshop
inspired by the work of Dahlov Ipcar
Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium
11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Watch Dahlov Ipcar’s young tiger and young leopard come to life, fearlessly catching things with stripes and spots in this interactive story with Theatre Educators from the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. Parade as deer, chomp like alligators, chatter like monkeys, and bring the jungle to life in this 20 minute storytelling adventure for all ages. Led by Reba Short of Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine.

Christopher Patch (United States, b. 1974), Migration (Wild Turkey) (detail), 2015, papier-mache and collaged papers, 5 3/8 x 34 3/4 x 56 5/8 inches. Museum purchase with support from Friends of the Collection. 2015.17a.

All-day family activities
Selma Wolf Black Great Hall
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Animal Mask-making—Channel your inner lion, giraffe, bird or whatever creature you fancy, and craft your own animal mask.
Animal sculptures—Take inspiration from the many animals in the collection to sculpt your own creature.  What will your critter look like?
Scavenger Hunt—Roam the galleries in search of all kinds of animals and specials environments in this specially designed gallery hunt.
Start in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall and return with your completed hunt to be entered into a drawing to win a special prize!
Throughout the day docents will be stationed in the galleries to answer questions and engage families in conversation about the works of art on view.

The Workshop is a new participatory space in which visitors of all ages can explore creativity with museum educators and add their voices to the stories we tell. In the first weekend it is open to the public, guests are invitied to color their very own version of Winslow Homer's Weatherbeaten.