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Anthropology museum launches 'Cultures Up Close' family series


January 18, 2008

Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) announces a new program series for families titled “Cultures Up Close.”  The series, which focuses on a different culture each month, will be held in the museum from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of February, March and April, with a special mother/daughter event in May.

Intended for elementary school-aged children and an accompanying adult, each program includes a cultural learning activity and a related art project. 

Tina Smith, museum educator, will teach most of the workshops.  “We think it is important to offer a program that can provide a dedicated time for families to experience different cultures and enjoy the museum together,” Smith said. “We are also excited to offer these workshops on weekends when families have more free time available.” 

During the first program, “Chinese Calligraphy,” on Feb. 10, guest instructor Mona Wu will teach participants about Chinese New Year and the basics of Chinese calligraphy.

The second session, “Mexican Tin Art,” will be held March 9.  Children will explore different types of Mexican folk art and create their own tin picture frames.

At the third program, “Southwest Sand Painting,” to be held on April 13, participants will learn about the Navajo and their traditional art form of sand painting.  They will also have the opportunity to create their own sand paintings. 

To celebrate Mother’s Day and the opening of the new exhibit “Pocketbook Anthropology: A Treasure of Handbags,” a special mother/daughter Cultures Up Close session will be held May 18.  The program “Handbags, Purses, Pocketbooks” will include an exhibit tour, a short history lesson on purses, a purse making project and refreshments of teas and cakes.

Each of the first three sessions cost $7 per child for non-members and $5 per child for MOA Friends.  Adults are free.  The May mother/daughter session will cost $8 per person (both children and adults) for non-members and $6 for MOA Friends. 

Seating is limited to 15 children per session.  Pre-registration is required and may be made up to the Friday before each program.  For more information or to register, call (336) 758-5282 or email moa@wfu.edu.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Chinese calligraphy will be the topic of the first Cultures Up Close workshop for families at the Museum of Anthropology Feb. 10.
Chinese calligraphy will be the topic of the first Cultures Up Close workshop for families at the Museum of Anthropology Feb. 10.
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