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Everything You Need to Know About The Great Create at The Nasher

It’s one thing to try to get the kids to appreciate visual art by showing them images and talking about artists. But at DallasChild, we’re big believers in letting kids become artists in order to appreciate art. The Nasher Sculpture Center agrees.
 
For the fourth year, the Nasher Garden becomes a whimsical, hands-on, art-filled unimagined adventure for local families. (Think a rainbow of streamers cut from table cloths, shower curtains and drop cloths from the imaginative Marianne Newsom and Sunny Sliger, the duo behind The Color Condition.)
 
Geared towards kids ages 12 and younger (teens ages 13 and older serve as art ambassadors and assist the artists and little ones), the fundraising event — appropriately named The Great Create — allows families to make projects with notable regional, national and international artists while raising funds for the Nasher’s educational initiatives.
 
This year, experience creative art making in workshops and activities alongside sculptor Lisa Williamson, who will be orchestrating a collage totem project; Dallas-based shape enthusiast Randy Guthmiller, who will fashion custom buttons with the kids; Nathan Carter, best known for brightly colored sculptures, who will create a rock-and-roll photo booth; and photographer Allison V. Smith, who will make an e-zine with reportage-style pictures; among others. Even design shop TenOverSix gets creative with a wearable sculpture activity. And kids get to take home everything they make.
 
Join the fun on April 24 from 1−4pm, where in addition to the eye candy, kids (and grownups) can dance to the live music spun by DJ Sober and munch on kid-friendly fare (read: sandwiches from Which Wich).
 
The event raises over $100,000 for the museum’s educational and community outreach initiatives, including the Nasher 3:01 Club, an after-school partnership program with Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas; HopeKids Art Experience Days for children with chronic or terminal illnesses and their families; Student XChange, an arts summit for high school and college students; free student tours, which serve over 14,000 students annually; and online learning resources for teachers and families.
 
Sponsorship levels start at $625 for a family of four, and kids 2 and younger are free. The event typically sells out quickly so reserve tickets now, over the phone or online.
 
The Great Create at the Nasher Sculpture Center
Dallas, 214/242-5167
nashersculpturecenter.org/the-great-create