Oct 20th 2019

Bring the children down to #MaxwellStreetMarket for arts, crafts and more!
As part of larger creative placemaking efforts at the Maxwell Street Market, supported through an NEA Our Town grant, the Education Department and Yollocalli Arts Reach of the National Museum of Mexican Art will collaborate with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events on hosting biweekly art activities at the Market. Bi-weekly from 10am to 2pm, the Museum will set up a tent, table and a family-friendly activity. Visitors will also receive information about other events happening at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

On select Sundays from 10am – 2pm

• June 9, 23 – Coloring the Blues
On both days, families will learn how to make a zine using the lyrics of famous Chicago blues songs. Families will leave with their own zine to take home.

• July 7, 21 – Maxwell St. History & Food
On both days, large coloring sheet will be on display for families to color. These sheets will reflect some of the history and food at the market. The sheets will remain at the market for other days the museum is not present.

• August 4, 18 – Maxwell Street Market Prints
Families will learn how to create their own relief print using images of the produce from the market. Premade cut printmaking blocks will also be provided featuring for younger family members to practice printmaking. On August 4th, live art making will also be hosted by Yollocalli Arts Reach as
a part of the Maxwell festival.

• September 1, 15, 29 – Latino Pride/Hispanic Heritage Month
On the 1st, families will be able to make luchador masks from paper and color large coloring sheets of famous luchadores. On the 15th, families will create 2D paper piñatas, and on the 29th create wearable paper butterfly wings.

• October 6, 20 – Reimagine Maxwell St.
On both days, families will learn how to make a zine and create collages reimagining Maxwell St. in the future. Families will leave with their own zine and collage.

• November 3 – Dia de los Muertos
Families will learn about Dia de los Muertos and will create 2D paper alters and calavera masks.


• May 3, 17, 31 – Sights and Sounds of Maxwell St.
On the 3rd, families will experience an urban sketching studio inviting them to sit at an easel and draw a still life made from objects at the market. On the 17th, families will create a paper animation of a blues musician. On the 31st, families will be able to make papel picado inspired by Maxwell St.

• June 14, 28 – Summer at the Market
On the 14th, families will make paper windmills to celebrate the beginning of summer. On the 28th, families will be invited to do a photo safari for a chance to win a special prize from the museum.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. Maxwell Street Market and Chicago City Markets are presented by Humana.

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