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CANCELLED: Art•Spin! Insistent Presence: Contemporary African Art at the Chazen

Drop by with your friends and family for an afternoon of artmaking inspired by our latest exhibition, 'Insistent Presence: Contemporary African Art from the Chazen Collection'. We’ll create collages using magazines, fabric, photographs, and lots of imagination! Free and open to all. Mead Witter Lobby, Chazen Museum of Art. 12-3 p.m. Cost: free. Information:

Community Cape Workshop

Work alongside artists Wildcat Ebony Brown and Lynore Routté to make your own Wide Awakes cape. Blank capes and supplies provided. Everyone can be a Wide Awake!

The Civil War-era Wide Awakes started as an abolitionist youth group in 1860. Wearing capes and carrying lanterns they marched for voter registration and political activism. Today's Wide Awakes are "an open-source network who believe in the power to radically re-imagine the future through creative collaboration."
Chazen Museum of Art. 1-5 p.m. Cost: Free; registration required. Information:

UW Family Weekend at the Chazen Museum of Art

It's UW Family Weekend! Families are welcome to drop by the Chazen Museum of Art between 1:00 and 3:00 pm to create a multimedia craft inspired by glass artwork in our collection.
Following the activity, guests are encouraged to spend some time exploring the museum. Entry is free! No registration is required. Chazen Museum of Art. 1-3 p.m. Information: 265-3073,

Echoing Overseas: Papermaking Workshop with Tea Gathering

For centuries, tea gathering has been an occasion for appreciating artworks and giving birth to new arts in Asia. In this spirit, Echoing Overseas Curator, Chi-Lynn Lin, has invited guest paper artist, Veronica Pham to join her in conversation and collaboration. At this event, guests will be able to taste an assortment of Asian tea while learning about the history and technique of papermaking in Vietnam. Participants can help make a sheet of paper using traditional techniques. Chazen Museum of Art. 5-7 p.m. Cost: Free; registration required. Information:

Chazen Museum of Art: Make & Mingle

Drop by the Chazen Museum of Art between 3 and 5 p.m. for free tote bag decorating, snacks, scavenger hunts and a chance to meet the Chazen Student Ambassadors.

This event is open to all. East Campus Mall, Chazen Museum of Art. 3-5 p.m. Cost: Free. Information:

Stitching Workshop with Amanda McCavour

Use machine embroidery and water-soluble stabilizer in a variety of ways to create lace-like structures where stitches holds the piece together. Experiment with combining threads with an assortment of materials like plastics, papers, and yarns to create a variety of samples exploring different texture and color combinations.

Basic sewing skills required. If you can thread and sew a straight (ish) line, this workshop is for you!

Workshop is free, registration required. Chazen Museum of Art. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information:

Family Day with Amanda McCavour

Learn to "doodle stitch" with artist Amanda McCavour, make pressed-flower bookmarks with Wisconsin State Herbarium, go on a prairie-plant scavenger hunt, and visit the Madison Reading Project.
Enjoy free treats while they last! Chazen Museum of Art. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: Free. Information:

Winter Carnival Family Fun in Alumni Park

Bundle up and join Badgers of all ages for an afternoon of family-friendly, winter-themed activities during the annual Winter Carnival Family Fun in Alumni Park. Show off your moves at the outdoor dance party with DJ Mike Carlson. Inside, warm up with winter-themed storytelling, hands-on art activities presented by the Chazen Museum of Art, and complimentary hot cocoa and apple cider!

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Alumni Park, 724 Langdon Street, Madison, WI. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: Free Entrance. Information: 308-5459,