Macy's Arts Sampler Returns this Saturday Feb. 25th
This Saturday’s Macy's Arts Sampler offers everyone the chance to discover international cultures through art, and enjoy some hands-on experiences in highlighted neighborhoods.
Take a Trip Around the World- No Passports Required
Stop in at the new NrityArpana School of Indian Dance in Mason and learn the steps to a classic Indian folk dance, a few yoga poses, and see Mehendi henna painting. Then, discover Haitian music and mask-making at the Kennedy Heights Cultural Arts Center. You can also spend the afternoon at the Sharonville Fine Arts Center and experience African drumming with Bi-Okoto, Chinese dance with Bing Yang Chinese Performing Arts Center, and the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company.
Galleries and Hands-On Activities in Northside
Northside continues to grow as an arts district and could be the place you spend the whole afternoon. On Saturday, you can take in the exhibits at Prairie Gallery, Thundersky, and Visionaries and Voices. Families of all shapes and sizes can join artists from Visionaries and Voices to create their own ceramic tile representing their family starting at 11:00 am. For those with active kids, Dramakinetics offers four fun workshops where kids can move, dance, play and sing.
Spotlight on Northern Kentucky
Activities ranging from historic dance and ragtime bands to origami game shows and circus acts will be happening all over Northern Kentucky. Peraza Suzuki Group and Jonathan Heart’s Origami Game Show will be at Baker-Hunt Art and Cultural Center. Forget-Me-Not Historic Dance company and Melodic connections perform at the Campbell County Public Library in Cold Spring. At the Newport library branch, see Jonathan Heart, storyteller Omope Daboiku, and the NKU Youth Chorale. The KSO’s Newport Ragtime Band performs at 2 p.m. at the Erlanger public library. And Circus Mojo presents two show-stopping demonstrations of circus acts at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.
Great Performances and Activities for Kids of All Ages
UC-Clermont hosts two great theatre performances on Saturday. First, for younger children, ArtReach: a division of The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati, presents their delightful production of The Ugly Duckling at 10:00 am. Stick around afterwards for face-painting, beading, an art treasure hunt, and more. Then, at 1:00 p.m., older kids and adults can enjoy highlights from Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s hilarious A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On the east side of town, the Women’s Cultural Club in Mariemont hosts an open house at The Barn, featuring an exhibit of children’s artwork.
Best Bets for Young Children: The Ugly Duckling at UC-Clermont, 10 AM. Dramakinetics in Northside.
Best Bets for Grade-Schoolers: Anything this weekend! Pick a neighborhood spot near you: Northside, Northern Kentucky, Sharonville, Batavia (UC-Clermont), and spend the whole afternoon.
Best Bets for Teens and Adults: Gallery hopping in Northside, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at UC-Clermont, KSO’s Newport Ragtime Band.