Family ArtsBash Comes To White Plains On Saturday

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Family ArtsBash will be held Saturday, May 17, at ArtsWestchester in White Plains.
Family ArtsBash will be held Saturday, May 17, at ArtsWestchester in White Plains. Photo Credit: Mary Alice Franklin

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- ArtsWestchester invites families and children of all ages to participate in Family ArtsBash on Saturday, May 17, from noon to 5 p.m.

Family ArtsBash will be held at ArtsWestchester at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains.  A donation of $3 per person is suggested, which includes participation in all activities.

Family ArtsBash is a day of creative fun with a focus this year on science and technology. In addition to the day’s activities and workshops, families are invited to preview the exhibition, "STEAM."

Much more than a visual arts experience, "STEAM" demonstrates the common ground shared by artists and scientists through innovative works of art that honor the academic STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Workshops will be offered in model making, animation, print making and the use of computer software to convert everyday objects into musical instruments.

Children will love investigating and creating during this day filled with music they orchestrate, figures they animate and models they visualize and produce on their own. This year’s Family ArtsBash activities include animating Lego figures into a final film that will be posted to YouTube, a model-making workshop in which a full-scale diorama will be made and the use of a MakeyMakey device that converts ordinary objects into musical instruments through a computer controller and strategically placed wires.

The Rye Arts Center will add two innovative workshops to this year’s schedule. Scratch programming, led by Adam Raymonda, will allow participants to create music, animation and interactive stories through simple coding in a software-based program. C.A. MacFinn will demonstrate how 3-D digital animation is the backbone of movies, games and mobile entertainment, through the use of the digital renderer known as Blender. After seeing how graphics and models are produced, students will have an opportunity to create their own.

In addition to the many activities and workshops being offered, families are encouraged to explore ArtsWestchester’s Peckham and Shenkman Galleries to experience the thought-provoking exhibition "STEAM: STEM + ARTS." The show, which is highly interactive, will give children and their families a chance to literally “experience” the merging of arts, technology and science. 

For a complete list of activities and artists, and more  information, visit artsw.org/familyartsbash.

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