Family Programs

Community Day

Free admission

Join us for a day of free, family-friendly activities featuring local artists and performers. Visitors of all ages are invited to draw comics, play games, make music, tour our exhibitions, and more!

making + doing

comics workshop

10:30 am–12 pm
First-floor Docent Room

Adam Wallenta is a professional writer and illustrator. He and his son Makana created Punk Taco, an award-winning series of graphic novels. Adam also illustrated The Adventures of Geo, a series that has received support from the National Science Foundation to encourage reading and science in schools. In this workshop, Adam will discuss the art and process of creating original characters for comic books and graphic novels. Visitors of all ages will create their own characters, draw, and have fun. 

music making
12–12:45 pm
First-floor Lecture Hall

Thabisa is a bicontinental musician from South Africa now residing in New Haven. She is a community-oriented artist who enriches audiences with cultural experiences and music. Thabisa will perform her original music in Xhosa and in English. The program will include African drumming and call-and-response music as well as some tunes from the great Mama Miriam Makeba's songbook.

art-making activities
12:30–2 pm
First-floor Docent Room

architectural models
Fourth-floor Seminar Room

games + puzzles + books
Second-floor Classroom

seeing + learning

special exhibition tours
11:00 | 11:30 | 1:30 | 2:00
Third floor | Bill Brandt|Henry Moore
Second floor | Njideka Akunyili Crosby

study room open house
Vintage British toys and games and contemporary artists’ books
Second-floor Study Room

The View From Here
Photographs by local students
High Street building façade
Opening celebration 1–2 pm

Masks are required for tours and public programs.