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The Getty Museum and Storytellers Debra Weller and Asha's Baba Team Up for this Spring's Family Storytelling Series at the Getty Center (February 3 - May 25, 2008)

February 8, 2008

LOS ANGELES—Want to make art come alive for your children? This spring let their imaginations run wild at the Getty Museum’s new Family Storytelling series, February 3–May 25, 2008.  Family Storytelling is a free educational program that offers families new ways to look closely at, and think creatively about, works of art at the Getty. 

This year, master storyteller Debra Weller will join the Family Storytelling series.  Inspired by the painting The Musician’s Brawl by Georges de la Tour, Weller will tell a lively tale about an unruly group of battling musicians.  Using narrative and musical accompaniment, she will transport her young audience back in time to a tiny town in France where a musical concert turns into a scuffle.  In order to truly make her story come alive, Weller will use props and invite the audience to pretend to play along with the musicians in the painting.

“Traditional oral storytelling does not use props.  However, I knew this piece needed to be interactive in order to hook the audience and make them feel like they were on the street with those brawling musicians,” said Weller.  “I want my audience to walk away with knowledge, and also a sweet memory of a joyful moment shared with family members or friends.” 

Returning master storyteller Asha’s Baba will once again take you on a journey up, over, around, and through a modern marvel of artistry and engineering, inspired by the 45-foot-high sculpture That Profile by Martin Puryear.

Storytelling is offered twice a month on Sundays from February through May.  Prior reservations are not required; visitors can sign up at the Museum Information Desk on the day of the event. The spring series begins with Asha’s Baba’s stories inspired by Martin Puryear’s That Profile on February 3, 2008 and closes with Debra Weller’s story inspired by Georges de la Tour’s The Musician’s Brawl on May 25, 2008 (see complete schedule below).

Family Storytelling – Spring 2008

Asha’s Baba Presents West African Fables
Dates: Sundays, February 3, March 2, April 6, and May 4, 2008
Times: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.

Debra Weller Takes on Rowdy Musicians
Dates: Sundays, February 24, March 16, April 13, and May 25, 2008
Times: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.

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Desiree Alcalde-Wayne
Getty Communications

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