Sacramento, CA - April 10, 2018 - The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce Week of the Young Child, a series of special programs that will kick off on April 15 with Día del Niño — a free family event with ties to Mexico's rich cultural history of honoring children.

WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD
Each year, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) acknowledges the importance of educating young children by holding a week-long celebration focused on the earliest learners. The organization’s Week of the Young Child celebration also honors members of the community who teach children, including educators as well as parents, guardians, and caregivers. This year, Week of the Young Child is celebrated April 16-20, and the Crocker Art Museum has a host of special programs planned:

Baby Loves Art: “Tasty Tuesday” Edition
April 17, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Babies up to 18 months old, parents, and caregivers are guided on a stimulating gallery walk exploring art featuring food in the Crocker’s permanent collection. Parents are encouraged to share their baby’s eating habits, and nutrition experts will be on hand to answer questions. Playtime will be focused on food-themed toys. Free for members, free with admission for nonmembers.

Wee “Work Together” Wednesday
April 18, 10:30 and 11 a.m.
Children ages 3 – 5 engage with artworks through hands-on participation encouraging visual literacy, social-emotional skills, and museum familiarity. Children will discuss sculpture, then build a collaborative cardboard sculpture fort. Free for members, free with admission for nonmembers.

"Artsy Cart" Thursday
April 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Celebrate creative art making and check out the Crocker’s Art Cart. This is a hands-on way for children ages 3-12 to interact with art in the galleries. Explore quilt making, storytelling, and the art of Faith Ringgold. Free for members, free with admission for nonmembers.

DÍA DEL NIÑO
On the afternoon of Sunday, April 15, the Crocker will join the Consulado General de Mexico en Sacramento (the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento) in presenting a special event celebrating Mexico’s annual Día del Niño, or Children’s Day. This annual tribute to children is traditionally filled with kid-friendly festivities that involve children as well as their families and caregivers, and includes opportunities for little ones to learn about, and connect, with Mexico's heritage.

At the Crocker's Día del Niño celebration, talented young dancers ages 4-12 (and one highly accomplished 16 year old) with The Victoria Mendoza Folkloric Group will give two performances with sound provided by Lotus Radio's La Buena 92.1 FM.

Visitors can create their own masterpieces at a free art-making station featuring Repujado (Push Design,) and take home their 3D foil creations.

As a special treat, representatives from the Consulado de Mexico en Sacramento will be on hand, inviting children ages 6-14 to participate in the annual XXII Children’s Drawing Contest “Este es mi Mexico”. Each year, thousands of childen around the world participate in the contest, which is inaugurated in Mexico City and promoted through Mexico’s Consulates and Embassies abroad. This year’s contest is designed to bring children from all backgrounds together, as they learn and draw about Mexico's extraordinary history and millennial traditions, its renowned gastronomy, and the captivating sights that attract tourists from around the world. Crocker educators will host a drawing station with all the supplies children need to create their entries. The young artists can turn their entries in to representatives from the Consulado, who will be on site to officially collect the submissions, marvel at the children's work, and wish all entrants good luck.

An array of community organizations will also be on hand, offering resources to children and their families. Organizations include La Familia Counseling Center, Sacramento Public Library, Adolesco Youth Exchange, Roberts Family Development Center, Boys and Girls Club, Concilio de Liderazgo (Latino Leadership Council), Sacramento Covered, Wellspring Women's Center, and Child Action Inc.

Día del Niño
Sunday, April 15, 2018
12 - 4 p.m.
Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street, Downtown Sacramento
Free for everyone

For more information, or to connect with anyone involved with Week of the Young Child or Día del Niño programs, please contact Karen Christian at (916) 808-1867 or kchristian@crockerart.org

Contacto de Prensa en Español: Maria Segoviano 916.808.1186 or msegoviano@crockerart.org

This event is sponsored by:







Free admission is offered to the public on April 15 as part of the Crocker's Pay What You Wish Sundays, courtesy of Western Health Advantage. This is offered the third Sunday of each month.


MUSEUM INFORMATION

Mission
The Crocker Art Museum’s mission is to promote an awareness of and enthusiasm for human experience through art.

About the Crocker Art Museum
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums for characteristics of excellence, the Crocker Art Museum features the world’s foremost display of California art and is renowned for its holdings of European master drawings and international ceramics. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art and holds permanent collections of Californian, European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art, works on paper, ceramics, and photography. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to augment its collections, including films, concerts, studio classes, lectures, children’s activities, and more. The Museum has also dedicated the historic building’s entire first floor as an education center, which includes four classrooms, space for student and community exhibitions, the Gerald Hansen Library, and Tot Land.

Hours & Admission
Museum hours are 10 AM – 5 PM, Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 AM – 9 PM on Thursdays. General admission is free for Crocker members, adults $10, seniors and college students $8, youth (7-17) $5, and children 6 and under are free. Every third Sunday of the month is "Pay What You Wish Sunday", sponsored by Western Health Advantage.

Location & Parking
The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in downtown Sacramento. The Museum is accessible by Light Rail with stops close by at 8th & O and 8th & K streets. Bike racks are located in Crocker Park, across the street from the Museum’s front door. Ample parking is available within walking distance, including street parking, parking lots, and public garages.

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