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Totes Awesome! Art To Go Family Bags

Around this time last year, I gave a sneak peek into an exciting new anytime activity that our Education team was testing. After much preparation, redesign, and enthusiasm over the past year, the DMA is now premiering the Art To Go Family Tote Bags for free and public use! Beginning this week, visitors can check out these special totes at the Visitor Services desk and enhance their Museum experience by engaging in a variety of creative activities.

Each Art To Go bag is centered around a particular theme, the first of which are Color and the Senses. The corresponding activities within each bag are general enough to be used with any work of art in the DMA galleries, so the possibilities are endless. The tote bag activities cater to diverse learning styles, encouraging visitors to design their own Museum experience by deciding whether they want to Write, Make, Talk, or Play.

With Art To Go bags, family members can use their imaginations to discover the different scents and aromas present in an Abstract Expressionist painting, or perhaps use their bodies to clap, stomp, snap, whistle and sing to create a soundscape for a Buddhist sculpture. Children can write a postcard to a family member describing their visit to the Museum using all of their senses, or use a viewfinder to focus in and sketch a single section of a French Impressionist painting. The great news is that activities and bag themes will change periodically, so families can create and enjoy new educational and artistic adventures each time they visit!
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Art To Go Family Tote Bags are designed to be creative catalysts, encouraging families to spend more time in the galleries both connecting with works of art and connecting with each other. We invite you to take one of our activity bags along on your next (or very first) visit to the DMA! Bags will be available for free check out at the Visitor Services desk during regular Museum hours. And DMA Friends who complete activities from both bags can earn the Tote-ally Family Badge!

Danielle Schulz
Teaching Specialist

Winter Break: Playful Poses

Do you ever wonder what the DMA staff does during winter break?

Have a happy New Year!

Jessica Kennedy
McDermott Intern for Gallery Teaching

Artworks pictured above:

Eleanor Nightengale, John Smibert, 1727, Dallas Museum of Art, General Acquisitions Fund and gift of Eleanor and C. Thomas May, Jr.

Portrait of Dr. Otto Ruhle (Retrato del Dr. Otto Ruhle), Diego Rivera, 1940, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Elizabeth B. Blake

Head of the rain god Tlaloc, Mixtec culture, Late Postclassic period, c. A.D. 1300-1500,Teotitlan del Camino, state of Oaxaca, Mexico, North America, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Marcus in memory of Mary Freiberg

Mask: The Bad Spirit of the Mountain, Yupik Eskimo, late 19th century, St. Michael, Yukon River area, Alaska, United States, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Elizabeth H. Penn

Crouching frog (one of pair), Mixtec, Late Postclassic period, c. A.D. 1300-1500), Teotitlan del Camino (?), state of Oaxaca, Mexico, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase

Lokapala (Heavenly Guardian), early 8th century, China, Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc., in honor of Ellen and Harry S. Parker III

Takenouchi no Sukune Meets the Dragon King of the Sea, Meiji period (1868-1912), 1875-1879, Japan, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, The John R. Young Collection, gift of M. Frances and John R. Young

The Halberdier, Ferdinand Hodler, 1895, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, Mrs. John B. O’Hara Fund and gift of Nona and Richard Barrett

Altar depicting the first female ancestor (luli), 19th century, possibly Luang or Sermata, western Southeast Moluccas, Indonesia, Asia, Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc.

Shiva Nataraja, Chola dynasty, 11th century, India, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. Eugene McDermott, the Hamon Charitable Foundation, and an anonymous donor in honor of David T. Owsley, with additional funding from The Cecil and Ida Green Foundation and the Cecil and Ida Green Acquisition Fund

Jina, 12th century, western Rajasthan, India, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of the Junior Associates

The Shade, or Adam from “The Gates of Hell”, Auguste Rodin, 1880, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene McDermott

Bacchante with Grapes, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, 1907, Dallas Museum of Art, General Acquisitions Fund

Star in a Dream (Astre en Reve), Jean Arp, 1958, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Clark

Santa Gertrudis (Saint Gertrude), Miguel Cabrera, 1763, Gift of Laura and Daniel Boeckman in honor of Dr. William Rudolph

Art Beauty Shoppe, Isaac Soyer, 1934, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of the Public Works of Art Project

Standing Female Figure, Central Veracruz Culture, A.D. 450-600, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene McDermott, the McDermott Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Algur H. Meadows and the Meadows Foundation, Incorporated


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