Special Events and Programs Related to Heroes

These are only a few of the events going on at The Walters Art Museum during the Heroes exhibition.
For a complete list of upcoming programs and events, browse our online calendar.

Related Exhibitions at the Walters

Art on Purpose: Heroes in Our Midst

09/16/2009 - 01/03/2010

Inspired by the Walters Art Museum’s Heroes exhibition and its emphasis on the myths of Herakles, Odysseus, Achilles and Helen, Art on Purpose presents Heroes in Our Midst, a project about modern-day individuals who share attributes with these four Ancient Greek heroes. Art on Purpose, an organization dedicated to using art to bring people together around issues and ideas, presents a series of exhibitions and events in partnership with the Walters Art Museum to explore, uncover and celebrate the lives of contemporary Baltimore heroes.

When planning your trip for Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, please let us know if you would like to include Heroes in our Midst as part of your tour.

A Thousand Ships

9/16/2009 - 11/8/2009; reception and community event on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 2–5 p.m.

The first of two Heroes in Our Midst exhibitions and based on the heroism of Helen of Troy, A Thousand Ships celebrates 12 individuals in Baltimore City Public Schools whose inherent charisma has had a life-altering impact on those who come to know them. Students and adults from each school have come together to create works of art, shining a light on positive stories from within Baltimore's schools.

Twenty Years of Wandering

11/11/2009-1/2/2010; community events on Sundays, Dec. 6 and 13, from 2–5 p.m.

This event concerns the Odysseus-like heroism it takes for refugees, immigrants and the homeless to survive and thrive in Baltimore. It will feature artwork created by clients of several Baltimore social service organizations that serve the homeless and refugee populations.


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

October 11, 2009, 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Helene Coccagna, curatorial assistant, provides an introduction to the themes of the exhibition and examines the role of heroes in ancient Greek society and today. This talk marks the opening of the special exhibition, Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. Please register for this free event.

Free Family Festival of Champions

October 24, 2009, 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Victory call! Heroes and heroines unite during this epic family festival. We’ll discover our inner superheroes and explore famous characters from ancient Greece to modern times. Celebrate local Baltimore heroes and create artwork honoring champions. Enjoy imaginary journeys with storytellers, musicians and theater groups. Nominate your own hero here and see it exhibited at the festival!

For more information, contact 410-547-9000, ext. 300 or familyprograms@thewalters.org.

Free Walk-in Tours

Sunday, October 25, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Saturday, October 31, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, November 14, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, November 21, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday, November 22, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Saturday, November 28, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, December 05, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, December 12, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday, December 13, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Saturday, December 19, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Walk right in and take a guided tour of Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. These tours are led by the Museum's knowledgeable and friendly docents. This is a great way to experience highlights of the exhibition. Tours last about one hour, and the tours are free of charge.

First Fridays at the Walters: Heroes

Friday, November 6, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

The newest hot spot on the Baltimore cocktail scene is First Fridays at the Walters. Join us for a dynamic eventing of Greek culture, music and perfrmance. Free

"I'm Having an Art Attack!"

November 15, 2009, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
This is a free event. Please register online.
Lee Sanstead

Lee Sandstead, art historian and host of the Travel Channel's Art Attack with Lee Sandstead will give an illustrated presentation. Sandstead will discuss the Heroes exhibition with the same fired-up 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 30 years. He was one of the first art educators to acknowledge the importance of audiences and community in the life and mission of the museum.