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Photography by Joshua Winata, 2011.

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The Morgan's Spring Family Fair
This year's Spring Family Fair is all about animals. In celebration of the exhibition In the Company of Animals, the Morgan invites children ages 3–12 and their families to join us for a day filled with music, dance, art, and... animals!

2 p.m.
The Composer's Paintbrush: Painting The Animal Kingdom! You can paint a parrot with a paintbrush. You can sculpt a shark from stone. But can you make a monkey Absolutely! While visual artists use lines, colors, and curves to recreate animals for our eyes, how do composers use music to "paint" animals for our ears? Join Juilliard Pre-College faculty member Adam Glaser for a fascinating journey into the world of musical animals. An internationally-renowned conductor, composer and educator, Adam brings his engaging brand of musical humor and infectious enthusiasm to this fun, interactive program exploring how music can conjure up images of the planet's most colorful creatures!

3 p.m.
Of Humans and Beasts: The New Game of Wonders
Welcome to a world strangely like our own, inhabited by beings suspended between humans and beasts. Through improv, clowning, and costuming Ben Lundberg's strolling troupe invites families to step away from those categories that often divide us. The wonders of nature are many and beautifully defined through their uniqueness. So join us in a new game: one that seeks out and celebrates difference between all creatures.

From The Top of Your Head: Beastly Gear
Using an array of colorful trimmings, such as glittery scales, feathers, flower petals, and tulles, educator Deborah Lutz will help children create extravagant animal shaped head gear.

The Art of Humorphing: Drawing from Within
What is humorphing? It is a celebration of the animals that float, swing, slither and soar inside us. Philippa Kaye Company draws from the exhibition In the Company of Animals to create original dances that will engage families in stunning silent games and riddles.

Quiet Time: Reading in The Library
Life is a zoo! Do you need a short break? Join Morgan education staff members Laura McGowan, Denise Rompilla, and their friends—mice in skirts, bunnies in pants, cats in boots, and elephants in suits—for some quiet reading in Mr. Morgan's Library.

Literary Fashion: Photoshoot for the Ages
In the time it takes photographer Josh Winata to shoot a photo or two, children become literary fashionistas as they try on Pam Koehler's hand-made colorful costumes based on celebrated personalities in our children's book collection. To honor our animal theme, this year you can be the dapper Babar or the dashing Puss in Boots. Digital photographs will be taken and sent to families by email.

Roar!!!! You Are An Animal
Step into the limelight with Barefoot Theatre Company. Explore becoming and being an animal using movement, music and acting. Children will get the opportunity to choose an animal and explore the limitless possibilities of being free with mind, body and voice! All young artists in the family get a chance put to on a show.
Sunday, May 6, 2012, 2–5 p.m.

Tickets: Adults $8; $6 for Members; $2 for children

Family programs are generously underwritten by Great Circle Foundation Inc.

Support for the Morgan's public programs is generously provided by the William Randolph Hearst Fund for Educational Programs.
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Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.

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The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.