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For Immediate Release
September 8, 2009

Media Contact:
Amy Mannarino
410-547-9000, ext. 277
amannarino@thewalters.org

Family Programs and Walk-In Tours Complement the Special Exhibition Heroes: Mortals and Myths In Ancient Greece

Baltimore—The Walters Art Museum is pleased to present a full slate of programming related to the special exhibition Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece on view Oct. 11, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010.


Children & Family Programs

To register for family programs, visit www.thewalters.org, call 410-547-9000, ext. 300 or email familyprograms@thewalters.org (unless otherwise noted).

Free Family Festival of Champions

Date: Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Price: Free
Ages: All ages
Victory call! Heroes and heroines unite during this epic family festival. Plenty of entertaining fun for kids of all ages!

Drop-In Art Activities

Date: Every Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Price: Free
Ages: All ages
Location:Family Art Center
Drop-in for thematic art-making experiences in the Walters' art studios.

Artkids Preschool Programs

These 90-minute, hands-on programs combine a story, a short tour and an art activity. 

Price:Free, online pre-registration required
Age:For ages 3-5 and their favorite adult
Location:Family Art Center

Little Stone Buddha by K.T. Hao

Dates: November 3, 4, 7 or 14, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner

Dates: December 1, 2, 5 or 12, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Walk, Wonder & Create Family Tours

Price: Free, online pre-registration required
Age: For ages 6-8 and their favorite adult
Location: Meet in Family Art Center
Date: Saturday, November 21, 11-11:45 a.m., Hackerman Hike
Date: Saturday, December 19, 11-11:45 a.m., Hunt for Heroes

Art Tots Programs

Price:Free, online pre-registration required
Age:For ages 2-3 and their favorite adult
Location:Family Art Center

Each class will introduce toddlers to art and the museum through age-appropriate activities.

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 10-11 a.m., Counting Koi
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 10-11 a.m., Strong Stuff

Scout Museum Days

Girl scouts, cub scouts and brownies can earn badges while traveling back in time to ancient Greece.

Price:$10 per scout, online pre-registration required
Age:For 1st-6th grade scouts
Location:Meet at Charles Street Entrance, Sculpture Court
Dates: Saturdays, November 7 and 14; Sunday, November 8, 1-3 p.m.

Visit www.thewalters.org for more information.


Adult Programs

To register for adult programs, visit www.thewalters.org, call 410-547-9000, ext. 238 or email adultprograms@thewalters.org (unless otherwise noted).

Lectures

Opening Day Talk—Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece

Date: Sunday, October 11, 2 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Graham Auditorium
Sabine Albersmeier, Former Associate Curator of Ancient Art, at The Walters Art Museum examines the role of heroes in ancient Greek society and today.

That Sweet (Camp) Serenity of the Trojan War, or How Not to Launch a Thousand Ships

Date: Thursday, October 15, 7 p.m.
Price:Free to members and college community members with a school ID; non-members $5
James I. Deutsch, Program Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Explore "camp" thoughts about the 1956 epic film, Helen of Troy.

Medusa's Daughter: Today's Heroine in Graphic Novels

Date: Sunday, November 1, 3 p.m.
Price: Members free; non-members $10; students $5
Location: Graham Auditorium
Author Jonathon Scott Fuqua; artist/graphic novel illustrator Steven Parke
Don't miss this lecture, reception and book-signing featuring Jonathon Scott Fuqua and Steven Parke

Lunch & Learn: Heroes Lost and Found�The Funding of a Major Exhibition

Date: Thursday, November 5, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Price: Free
Location:Graham Auditorium

Up, Up and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero

Date: Sunday, November 8, 2 p.m.
Price:Members free; non-members and students $10
Location:Graham Auditorium
Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, author
Author of Up, Up and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero (2006), Rabbi Simcha Weinstein will discuss the relevance of a hero in film and life as created by co-authors Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster during the rise of fascism in 1930s Europe. A reception follows the book signing.

Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 1 p.m.
Price:Free
Location:The Pikesville Library, 1301 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, MD  21208
Molly Edgar, Senior Lecturer, The Walters Art Museum
Come learn about warriors, demigods, athletes and ordinary people transfigured by art and literature into cult figures and role models for contemporary societies. Sponsored by The Friends of the Pikesville Library

The 29th Annual Theodore L. Low Lecture: "I'm Having an Art Attack!"

Date: Sunday, November 15, 2 p.m.
Price:Free; pre-registration highly recommended
Location:Graham Auditorium
Lee Sandstead, art historian and host of the Travel Channel's Art Attack with Lee Sandstead

During his illustrated presentation, Sandstead will discuss the Heroes exhibition with the same drama and excitement seen in his show Art Attack

The Annual Theodore L. Low Lecture honors the memory of Theodore Low, director of education and public programs at the Walters for more than thirty years. He was one of the first art educators to advocate for the importance of audiences and community in the life and mission of the museum.

Lunch & Learn: Heroes "Pecha Kucha" Style

Date: Thursday, December 3, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Price:Free
Location:Graham Auditorium

Hear unique presentations from speakers from all walks of life, each exploring the precise ingredients that exemplify what it means to be a hero. Pecha Kucha provides speakers with a public platform to share their thoughts by projecting 20 images, shown for 20 seconds each. Vote for your favorite speakers online, who will then be invited to speak at the Walters.

Heroic Measures: The Role of an Exhibition Team

Date: Sunday, December 6, 12 p.m.
Price:Free; pre-registration recommended
Location:Graham Auditorium
Helene Coccagna, Walters Curatorial Assistant, Walters Senior Conservator of Objects Conservation; Laura Yoder, Walters Assistant Exhibitions Designer

What does it take to research, select, restore and showcase ancient objects? Panelists will explain their roles in making the Heroes exhibition possible.


Entertainment

College Night: Bods, Bop and Brigitte Bardot

Date: Thursday, October 15, 6-10 p.m.
Price: Free, pre-registration is recommended; open to college students and faculty with valid ID

Expect a lively night that won't disappoint!� Visit www.thewalters.org for details.

First Fridays at the Walters—Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece

Date: Friday, November 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Price: Free

Enjoy a dynamic evening of Greek culture, music and performance.

The Art of Reading Book Club

Date:Sunday, November 15, 3 p.m.
Price:Members free; non-members $5
Location: Parlor, 5 West Mount Vernon Place

Helen of Troy: A Novel by Margaret George, Penguin Group USA (2007)


Tours

Special Heroes Exhibition Tour: I'm having a Heroes Art Attack!

Date: Saturday, November 14, 5 p.m.�
Price:Members $20; non-members $30
Location:Meet at the Centre Street inner lobby at 4:50 p.m.
Lee Sandstead, art historian and host of the Travel Channel's Art Attack with Lee Sandstead

This "limited enrollment" gallery talk will offer participants the rare opportunity of a personal tour of Heroes. Register early… this unique tour with celebrity host Lee Sandstead will only happen once!

Heroes Weekend Walk-In Tours

Dates: Sunday, October 25, 2 p.m. and Saturday, October 31, 11 a.m.
Price: Free
Location: Meet at the Centre Street lobby


Workshop

Traditional Artists Methods Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 6-9 p.m.
Price:Members $30; non-members $60; pre-registration required
Location: Studios A and B
Elissa O'Loughlin, Senior Paper Conservator, The Walters Art Museum

Learn to prepare your own scratchboard, an ancient drawing technique, and explore motifs used in the creation of the Greek masterpiece.


Community Events

Contact Art on Purpose at 410-243-4750 for more information.

A Thousand Ships

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2-5 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Centre Street, 4th floor, 2-3 p.m.; Auditorium 3-4 p.m.; Renaissance Court 4-5 p.m.

Join community arts group Art on Purpose in celebration of an exhibition honoring twelve "heroes" of Baltimore City public schools. Listen to presentations by Andres Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, and Helene Coccagna, curatorial assistant for Heroes, the Walters' special exhibition that inspired A Thousand Ships.

Twenty Years of Wandering

Date: Sunday, December 6 and 13, 2-5 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Centre Street, 4th floor, 2-3 p.m.; Auditorium 3-4 p.m.; Renaissance Court 4-5 p.m.

Join community arts group Art on Purpose in celebration of an exhibition relating to the Odysseus-like journeys of immigrants and the homeless. Listen to presentations by Gustavo Torres, founding director of CASA de Maryland, Jeff Singer, director of Healthcare for the Homeless and Helene Coccagna, curatorial assistant for the Walters' special exhibition that inspired Twenty Years of Wandering.


Please note: All programs are subject to change. Please consult the museum's Web site at http://thewalters.org prior to the date of the program to confirm.

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