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Free Getty Family Festival on March 24 Features Multicultural Music, Dance, and Art Activities with a "Grand Tour" Flair

March 14, 2002

What: Getty Family Festival
When: Sunday, March 24, 2002 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: 1200 Getty Center Drive; exit on Getty Center Drive off the 405 Freeway.
Admission: Admission is free, and parking is just $5. For public information call 310-440-7300.
Parking: No reservations required. Parking is based on availability.
Press info: Pre-registration is required for all media.
Press contact: Lisa Brown, Getty Communications, 310-440-6439
Fax: 310-440-7722; e-mail:

LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Museum will kickoff its 2002 festival season with the Getty Family Festival on March 24, 2002, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This daylong celebration features exciting dance and musical performances, storytelling, art-making workshops, and gallery activities that celebrate diversity and culture. Admission is free. Picnic areas are available, and tasty, fun food is offered throughout the day at various Getty dining locations. (A complete schedule of events is below.)

Family Festivals are held quarterly. In addition to the March 24 celebration, the Getty Museum will host three more Family Festivals in 2002: on Saturday, June 1; Saturday, August 3; and Sunday, October 20. Family Festivals are produced for the Getty Museum by Community Arts Resources.

The spring Family Festival has a distinctively European flair, inspired by a trio of exhibitions currently on view relating to the Grand Tour—an extended journey to Italy taken by many British citizens during the 1700s. (Specific information about the exhibitions may be found on the Getty’s Web site: From tales of the Trojan War to the thrill of flamenco and the uplifting sounds of Mozart, the Family Festival performances will appeal to all ages. African travel and adventure stories, Venetian Carnival mask-making, wandering minstrels, and an all-day street painting demonstration make the day a unique, family affair.

Tracy Lee Stum, a madonnara (street painter), will spend the day creating a large chalk drawing based on a sculpture from the Getty Museum’s collection. Stum has participated in street-painting festivals across the United States and Europe.

Will & Company, a multicultural theater group, will perform Homer’s The Odyssey, combining actors and puppets to tell the classic Greek tale. Established in 1988, the company is a resident ensemble at the Los Angeles Theatre Centre and has toured the country with thought-provoking productions of master works with a contemporary twist. The period-instrument ensemble group La Monica will also take a modernistic approach to Renaissance and Baroque music with "The Italian Invasion," a performance created especially for the festival, which acoustically illustrates the Italian influence in British music during the 18th century.

Juan Talavera, the critically acclaimed Spanish flamenco dancer, choreographer, and director, heats up the afternoon with Flamenco Bravo! and the ensemble Musicàntica will perform arrangements and interpretations of southern Italian music, featuring traditional folk songs of the 17th through 21st centuries and the urban and suburban compositions of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Los Angeles Opera will treat audiences to a fun, interactive introduction to Mozart and other 18th-century music.

Onochie Chukwurah will fill the Museum Lecture Hall with the cultural richness of African folk stories of travel and adventure. Chukwurah is the founder and presenter of the Rhythms of the Village program in Pasadena, which emphasizes visual and performance arts, and encourages a philosophy of global unification through the exploration of oral traditions.

Children may also participate in one of the many art-making activities and workshops inspired by the Grand Tour exhibitions. These include designing a Venetian Carnival mask, making pulcinella- and (harlequin) arlicchino-type puppets, creating a usable frame, and painting a postcard with water colors, which the Getty Museum will mail free of charge. The festival also includes Michelle Berne’s mystical 12-foot-tall Ensor Puppets.

Getty Family Festival - Schedule of Events
Sunday, March 24, 2002
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Live Music, Dance, and Theater on the Plaza Stage in the Museum Courtyard

11:00 a.m.– 11:50 a.m. Will & Company – The Odyssey
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. La Monica – music from the 18th century
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Flamenco Bravo! with Juan Talavera
3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Will & Company – The Odyssey

Storytelling and Music in the Museum Lecture Hall

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Artists from the Los Angeles Opera
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Onochie Chukwurah – African travel stories
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Artists from the Los Angeles Opera
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Onochie Chukwurah – African travel stories

Workshops offering hands-on, art-making activities in the Museum Courtyard

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Venetian Carnival masks (2 locations)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Commedia dell’arte puppets
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Create-a-Postcard
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Create-a-Frame

Wandering Minstrels and Street Painter

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Musicàntica – Italian folk musicians (Getty-wide)
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Musicàntica – Italian folk musicians (Getty-wide)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tracy Lee Stum – street painter

Giant Puppets seen Getty-wide are inspired by James Ensor’s painting "Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889" from the J. Paul Getty Museum collection.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Michelle Berne’s Ensor Puppets
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Michelle Berne’s Ensor Puppets

The Getty Family Festival is produced by Community Arts Resources.

Family Fun at the Getty

In addition to the Family Festival, the Getty Center offers ongoing daily activities for families (in English and Spanish) that are available in the Museum:

Family Room – Visit the Family Room to experience "Picture Yourself," a playful view of portraits, along with game boxes, puzzles, picture books, computers, and other resources to make the most of a visit with children. Investigate techniques that artists use to make a portrait. Try on a costume similar to one in a painting—smile behind the marquesa’s fan or pose on stage as the ambassador. Read a story or simply relax.

Gallery Games – "Perplexing Paintings" and "The Getty Art Detective" are games that help you explore the Museum through an art treasure hunt. Go at your own pace and get to know works of art. Game boxes can be checked out in the Family Room.

Family Audioguide
– Hear the "moo" when you view the painting A Maid Milking a Cow in a Barn. Listen to the sound of sculpture coming to life as a dragon’s jaw cracks open. Hear stories and fun facts about intriguing works of art in the audioguide’s 24 family stops, which help generate discussion between children and adults. For rental ($3.00) in the Museum’s Entrance Hall.

Art Information Rooms – In four rooms throughout the Museum, you can examine how art is made, touch real parchment and gold leaf, or page through books. Also available is Art Access, an interactive multimedia computer system with information about works of art in the Getty collection. Knowledgeable docents are there to answer your questions.

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