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December at The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

The holiday season is upon us and ‘tis the season to share joy, celebrate diversity, harmony and peace for all at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling.  In addition to the exhibitions currently on display and the regular fun weekly programming, there are some unique programs for the entire family in December.

In observance of World AIDS Day on December 1st, we will explore what it means to support a healthy community by caring for ourselves and our neighbors through art-making activities and the Museum’s Story Hours. On December 4th, The Museum will host a film screening and panel discussion, moderated by Museum Director and Chief Curator Lauren Kelley, titled ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS highlighting the impact of art in contemporary AIDS activism.  Both of these programs will occur in partnership with the Studio Museum in Harlem and Visual AIDS Day With (Out) Art 2018.
The December 8th edition of “Showtime Saturdays” at the Museum will be a performance of the classic holiday story The Nutcracker, performed by New York based chamber music ensemble the Sylvan Winds Quintet.  Featuring Scottie Davis as narrator, The Nutcracker will bring E.T.A. Hoffman’s original tale to life through the majestic tunes of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet score. This strikingly beautiful musical show will be followed by inspiring art-making activities for the entire family.
Each month on the third Saturday, the Museum hosts Playdate, a FREE fun-filled family day from 10am-5pm featuring art-making, storytelling, music and more! This month’s Playdate takes place on December 16th and will feature art-making, brass instruments, movement, and stories inspired by international holiday traditions, and the magnificence of trees. Artist-in-residence Damien Davis will open his studio’s doors for exploration and questions about his creative process. Workshops will allow guests to make gifts for loved ones.
On Thursday, December 20th at 6pm The Harlem Opera Theater will present Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti, the Italian tale of three kings’ and their journey to deliver gifts to a divine child.  This performance will be heightened with a series of projected illustrations from Faith Ringgold  (who’s exhibit Sugar Hill Songbook is currently on display at the Museum)  in her 2004 Christmas book O Holy Night. The program will conclude with guests having the opportunity to expand the evening’s melody by joining the chorus for a grand sing along.
On Friday, December 21st, from 2:00pm – 5:00pm the Museum invites all in the area to join together to march for peace in the New Year, and unite with neighbors  honoring diversity and harmony throughout humankind. Visitors will also celebrate the right to use our voices and demonstrate a desire to live in a fair world through an energetic session of music, stories, and poster-making activities prior to kicking off the neighborhood’s annual March for Peace.
For children and adults, The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling is a great place to visit all year long, especially during the holiday season!
The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling hours are Thursday – Sunday, 10am until 5pm. Admission is free for children up to 8 years of age, $4.00 for children age 9 – 17, students with ID and Seniors (65+) and $7.00 for adults.

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