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Family Festival (8/5) Explores Personal and Artistic Collaborations

Garden Concert for Kids Presents Truot Fishing in America (8/12-13), Ralph's World (8/19-20), and Charity and the JAMband (8/26-27)

August 3, 2006

LOS ANGELES—Summer may be winding down, but don’t put away that sunscreen yet! This August, the Getty has a cool assortment of free summer treats for the entire family.  Highlights include a Family Festival at the Getty Center on Saturday, August 5th that explores personal and artistic collaboration, inspired by the current exhibition Rubens and Brueghel: A Working Friendship.  Featuring thrilling acrobatic and musical performances, enchanting storytelling, and hands-on art-making workshops, the festival offers a day of delightful and enriching entertainment for kids of all ages.

The fun continues with the return of Garden Concerts for Kids, our popular outdoor concert series, now in its fifth season, that brings the nation’s best children’s musical artists to the beautiful setting of Robert Irwin’s Central Garden.  This year, Garden Concerts presents Grammy-nominated folk duo Trout Fishing in America (August 12–13); Chicago’s indie-rock-for-kids sensation Ralph’s World (August 19–20); and the funky grooves of Parent’s Choice Gold Award winners Charity and the JAMband (August 26–27).  Also not to be missed this Summer are Family Art Stops, Family Creation Station, and Art Adventures for Families—all at the Getty Center; and ArtQuest and Art Odyssey for Families at the Getty Villa.

Every year, the Getty offers four Family Festivals at the Getty Center and two Family Festivals at the Getty Villa.  Family Festivals are free day-long events that complement exhibitions currently on view and feature a variety of musical and theatrical performances, storytelling, and art-making workshops.  The Family Festival at the Getty Center on Saturday, August 5th, inspired by the exhibition Rubens and Brueghel: A Working Friendship, focuses on personal and artistic collaboration and is the final Family Festival for the summer.

Highlights of the festival include a performance of “Cooperating Hands Across Many Borders” by the Ellis Island Band. Diverse doesn’t begin to describe this musical experience that blends melodies and rhythms from cultures as varied as Yiddish, Spanish, Armenian, Polish, Ladino, Ukranian, and Korean.  Also at the festival, Southern California-based Arpana Dance Company and Kinnara Taiko will combine forces to demonstrate the inter-relatedness of their cultural roots.  Arpana perform Bharata Natyam, a classical Indian dance tradition synthesizing art, literature, poetry, sculpture and music, while Kinnaro Taiko blend traditional Japanese rhythms with American musical influences such as rock and jazz.  Together, the two groups create a distinctive audio visual collage families won’t soon forget.  Back from their crowd-pleasing, gravity-defying Getty Center debut in June, Hollywood Aerial Arts Academy return with a set of spectacular partner aerial acts that combine magical innovation with cutting-edge production technology for a truly collaborative performance.  The festival will also present “World Tricksters and Wise Fools,” a collaborative performance of amusing and enlightening folk tales from around the world, told by storyteller Michael D. McCarty and multi-instrumentalist Ted Falcon.  Several art-making workshops focusing on collaboration will also be offered all day long, including a Mix-and-Match Puppet workshop with Sean Gail, and a Menagerie and Landscape Collage workshop with David Orozco.

Additional information and a complete schedule for the Family Festival are available on the Getty’s Web site at

The Getty’s annual free outdoor concert series, Garden Concerts for Kids, now celebrating its fifth season at the Getty Center, presents some of the nation’s best children’s musical artists in the beautiful setting of Robert Irwin’s Central Garden. This year’s Garden Concerts offers an energetic and whimsical lineup guaranteed to get kids and their parents singing, smiling, and dancing.  All concerts take place at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

This year’s Garden Concerts for Kids begins by welcoming back the charismatic Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13.  In their nearly three decades of performing together, this witty guitar-and-bass duo have garnered multiple Parents Choice Gold Awards and American Library Awards.  Perfectly paired musicians Keith Grimwood (standing 5'1") and Ezra Idlet (standing 6'9"), blend folk and pop with reggae, Latin, blues, jazz, and classical to tell imaginative and heartfelt stories about the delights and dilemmas of growing up. The series continues with a trip to Ralph's World on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.  Ralph’s World is the brainchild of Chicago indie rocker Ralph Covert, who entrances kids and adults alike with his effortless charm and impeccable musicianship on the guitar and mandolin.  His upbeat but sucrose-free approach to children's music has earned him raves from around the country, landed him at Disney Sound, and drawn comparisons to the stylings and charm of Paul McCartney.  Garden Concerts for Kids closes with the funky grooves of San Francisco-based Charity and the JAMband on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27.  With a mission to help parents and kids share the joy of being alive through song and dance, Charity and the JAMband create catchy melodies that blend funk, bluegrass, reggae, hip hop, and surf into rockin’ music that melts inhibitions away.  Winners of the 2006 Parent’s Choice Gold Award, Charity and the JAMband will wow you with their impressive range, funkadelic inventiveness, and playful rebellion.

Additional information and music samples for Garden Concerts for Kids is available on the Getty’s Web site at

In addition to the Family Festival and Garden Concerts for Kids, the Getty has several other family-friendly activities at both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa during August, many of which are offered in both English and Spanish.

At the Getty Center

Family Art Stops
Every Tuesday – Friday, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. through September 1 and every Saturday and Sunday starting September 9; Museum galleries
Connect with a work of art at this half-hour, hands-on gallery experience for families with children ages 5 and up. Space is limited. Sign up begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Museum Information Desk. La sesión a los dos y media es disponible en inglès y español.

Family Creation Station
Every Thursday–Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., through September 3; Family Room Patio
Join your children in an outdoor, drop-in workshop designed to exercise the imagination. Create your own masterpiece, and don’t miss seeing others in the galleries. Disponible en inglès y español.

Art Adventures for Families
Every Saturday–Sunday, 2:00 p.m. through September 3; Museum galleries
Our one-hour tours for children (ages 5 and up) and adults to enjoy together feature a fun, activity-filled visit to the galleries. Space is limited. Sign-up begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Museum Information Desk. Disponible en inglès y español.

Family Room
Every day
This innovative space encourages families to collaborate on creative, hands-on activities designed to help them explore the Getty’s collection.

Art Detective Cards
Every day
Find the art and solve the mystery with these cards designed for your family to enjoy while exploring the galleries, gardens, and architecture. Available outside the Family Room and at the Family Cart. Disponible en inglès y español.

At the Getty Villa
Note: Admission to the Getty Villa is always free; advance, timed tickets are required for each individual and can be obtained online at or by calling 310-440-7300 (English or Spanish).

Every Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. through August 27; Outer peristyle
Explore works of ancient art in the galleries, then create your own artwork in this outdoor, drop-in workshop for families. Disponible en inglès y español.

Art Odyssey for Families
Every Thurday and Friday at 11:30 and every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.; Museum galleries
This 45-minute journey through the galleries features a fun, activity-filled visit for children (ages 5 and up) and adults to enjoy together. Space is limited. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Main Entrance 30 minutes before the start of the program. Disponible en inglès y español.

Family Forum
Every day
Ancient art comes alive in this hands-on space for families through activities that encourage shared learning and discovery.

TimeScape Room
Every day
Learn more about Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art through interactive exhibits that focus on time, place, and artistic style in the ancient Mediterranean.

Additional information on family activities at both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa is available on the Getty’s Web site at

Getty Center: Museum Courtyard
Explore artistic and personal collaboration in this Family Festival inspired by the exhibition Rubens and Brueghel: A Working Friendship. Discover how local storytellers and musicians come together to forge new ideas and performances. Make collaborative art projects at hands-on workshops with friends and neighbors and find out how creativity finds inspiration through partnership.
Saturday, August 5, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Getty Center: Central Garden
A free music concert series in the Central Garden for kids and their families, featuring some of the best children’s music artists from across the nation. All concerts are free, no reservations required, and take place at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Trout Fishing in America
Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet are back by popular demand with their signature brand of original and intelligent folk music for kids. A 2005 Grammy nomination simply confirms what their loyal fans have known for nearly 30 years—these guys are the best!
Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13

Ralph’s World
Ralph’s World is the creation of Chicago-based indie rocker and kids’ music sensation Ralph Covert. A Grammy-nominated artist, Covert’s McCartney-esque style and super-melodic approach to children’s music make for an engaging rock-and-roll romp.
Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20

Charity and the JAMband
Charity and the JAMband play an infectious concoction of funk, rock and bluegrass that gets the whole family up and dancing. Their award-winning songs take the listener on a joyful sound-and-motion adventure that celebrates early childhood and all it’s magic.
Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27

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Mike Winder
Getty Communications Dept.

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