DMA Celebrates the Opening of The Center for Creative Connections with a Free Weekend of Programs and Activities Sponsored by Target May 3 and 4

Dallas, TX, April 11, 2008 To celebrate the May 3 opening of the Center for Creative Connections, a 12,000-square-foot unique space for learning about art and creativity, the Dallas Museum of Art will offer two days of admission-free extended hours (Saturday, May 3, 11:00 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, May 4, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and full days of interactive programs with more than 100 participating artists held throughout the Museum for visitors of all ages. This very special opening weekend will be sponsored by Target. Additionally, the DMA will provide a special ticket price of $9 to view the acclaimed J. M. W. Turner exhibition and free for children under 12.

The Center for Creative Connections is an innovative and dynamic museum learning environment that will engage visitors’ interactive experiences with works of art and artists. Located at the core of the Museum on the first floor, the Center for Creative Connections is designed to stimulate curiosity, inquiry, reflection and creativity in guests of all ages as they connect more deeply with works of art. Designed by Gluckman Mayner Architects, the Center for Creative Connections is comprised of six areas that will offer exhibitions and programs that will focus attention on the DMA's extraordinary collections and illustrate new partnerships with artists and community and educational associates. Balfour Beatty Construction completed the renovations.

Activities for Saturday and Sunday will include sneak peeks of the new Center for Creative Connections, family experiences, presentations by extraordinary artists, art projects and live music. Exclusive to the opening weekend, Target will present the “Target Creation Station” inside one of the Museum’s first floor galleries. There, kids of all ages are invited to express their creativity.  Art activities will be available for children to enjoy along with a relaxation space for “bigger” kids to unwind.  Bullseye, the Target dog costume character, will be on hand posing for free photos.

“The Dallas Museum of Art is extremely pleased to have Target support the opening weekend of the Center for Creative Connections,” says Bonnie Pitman, Deputy Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. “Target’s generosity allows us to do what we had dreamed about when construction began: to offer North Texas on opening day a one-of-a-kind free weekend celebration where visitors of all ages can engage with artists such as Janine Antoni and Brad Tucker, musicians, poets, and dancers and celebrate our work with partners in the community such as the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.”

“At Target, we are committed to making the arts affordable and accessible to youth and families across the country,” said Laysha Ward, vice president, community relations, Target. “Through our partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art, celebrating the free opening weekend of the Center for Creative Connections, we hope to foster an appreciation and understanding of various cultures, traditions and points of view.”

More than 100 artists, dancers, musicians and poets will be participating in the May 3-4 Weekend. Program highlights include the following:

Get a sneak peek of the just-opened Center for Creative Connections and its inaugural exhibit Materials & Meanings Saturday 11:00 a.m. – midnight and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Center for Creative Connections. The Center’s innovative and interactive installation, organized by Gail Davitt, the DMA’s Director of Education, and designed by Jonathan Ingram of, features artworks from the DMA’s collections, artist demonstrations and more.

Join an Artist Conversation featuring Janine Antoni on Sunday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Horchow Auditorium, where the internationally renowned artist will discuss the importance of materials and meaning in her works, including Lick and Lather (made of chocolate and soap) currently on view in the new Center for Creative Connections’ first exhibition, Materials & Meanings.

Enjoy Family Experiences Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Museum galleries and Horchow Auditorium. Take part in storytelling, films, sketching in the galleries, art-making activities, and appearances by Arturo, the Dallas Museum of Art’s loveable family mascot.

Get involved in a Community Art Project Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Fleischner Courtyard. Join artist Brad Tucker in the creation of an outdoor playscape using found and recycled materials.

Even though the weekend is a break from school, encourage your family to stretch their minds and test their creativity with Creativity Challenges Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Barrel Vault and Museum galleries. Teams will compete against time and with limited materials to design unique creations inspired by artworks in the Museum’s collections. These creations will be on view in the gallery following each challenge.

Arts & Letters Live will host the return of the popular Define-a-Thon on Saturday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Horchow Auditorium. The American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-Thon is a test of vocabulary strength that takes participants beyond the spelling bee. The host, American Heritage Dictionary Senior Editor Steve Kleinedler, provides each contestant with a definition followed by four possible answer words. The contestant must choose the word that fits the definition. Contestants will be encouraged to test their knowledge of “materials and meanings” during this fast-paced game.

If you are looking to relax and experience music while you learn about art, join the Community Concert on Saturday from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the DMA’s Atrium Cafe. Enjoy new music composed and performed by members of D-Drum using everyday objects as instruments.

On Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to midnight in Horchow Auditorium, experience the merging of art and technology in projects created by students from the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. Explore and participate in programs that consider the presence of art, exhibitions and museums in virtual world environments. View visual interpretations created by a group of artists called Inter.sect Art Collective; made with mobile phones, their interpretations are a mix of video, still imagery, and sound pieces.   

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About the Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art, established in 1903, has an encyclopedic collection of more than 23,000 works spanning 5,000 years of history and representing all media with renowned strengths in the arts of the ancient Americas, Africa, Indonesia and South Asia; European and American painting, sculpture and decorative arts; and American and international contemporary art.

The Dallas Museum of Art is the anchor of the Dallas Arts District and serves more than one-half million visitors a year, offering more than 5,000 education and public programs annually, designed to engage people of all ages with the power and excitement of art.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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