Madison County Historical Society has a fun, free day of interactive, entertaining activities planned for kids during the spring school break on Thursday, April 26 from 9 am - 12 pm at the Kallet Civic Center located at 159 Main Street in Oneida. This event called Leisure Arts Festival for Youth is part of the Madison County Historical Society’s Heritage Handicrafts: A Leisure Arts Workshop Series which is programming designed to engage and involve Madison County residents in Fine Arts and Craft activities common in the 19th century, with a focus on making cultural connections The to creative pastimes which are still relevant today. This event made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts is free and open to children of all ages. We do ask that children under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult.
Leisure Arts Festival for Youth will feature a number of art stations for creating silhouette self–portraits; an interactive musical performance about the Erie Canal, and a Punch and Judy Puppet Show. The first activity from 9 am – 10 am is an interactive musical performance from Bells and Motley who will be presenting, “15 years on the Erie Canal”. Bells and Motley, husband and wife duo, Sandra and John Bromka are performance and teaching artists with over 30 years of experience connecting to audiences of all ages. Audience participation is encouraged as the history of the Erie Canal unfolds through Bells and Motley’s performance.
The day continues with a Punch and Judy Puppet Show with Melanie Zimmer of Dancing Bear Puppet Theater from 10 am- 10:30 am. Punch and Judy Puppet Shows, featuring, Mr. Punch and his wife, Judy were familiar sights in all major cities throughout the 19th century. Their performances, typically, are a sequence of short scenes, depicting an interaction between two characters mocking politicians and everyday life.The show is performed by a single puppeteer inside a booth, known since Victorian times as a “professor” or “punchman.” Audience participation is encouraged to call out to the characters on the stage, to warn them of what is going on behind their backs. Melanie Zimmer has been a storyteller for over two decades, presenting her stories in schools, libraries, festivals and television audiences. Ms. Zimmer is a member of the Puppetry Guild of Upstate New York, and Puppeteers of America and has published four books.
There will be a number of art stations set-up for participants to create silhouette self–portraits from 10:30 am- 12pm led by artist, Pamela Vogan Lynch. Silhouettes are two-dimensional “portraits” in which the sitter’s profile image is presented as a black solid on light background. Silhouettes were highly fashionable in America from the mid-18th through the mid-19th century. Workshop participants will sit in front of an illuminated background to have image outlines drawn that they then can cut out of black paper and mount for presentation. Prior to photography, silhouette profiles cut from black card were an inexpensive way of capturing a person's appearance. Silhouette portraiture slowly fell out of favor as the preferable art form once the popularity of photography took hold of the country. Pamela Vogan Lynch is a professional artist and retired Director of Art for the Oneida City School District with 35 years of experience in art education and has exhibited her artwork in several local exhibits, both group and solo.
The Leisure Arts Festival for Youth will be held at the Kallet Civic Center located on 159 Main Street in Oneida on Thursday, April 26 from 9 am- 12 pm. This event is free and open to children of all ages. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please contact the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136, or email@example.com. The Madison County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library located at 435 Main Street in Oneida. The society continues to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one city through the development of programs that enhance Madison County’s heritage. The historical society’s headquarters are housed in an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa that is listed on the State and National Registry of Historic Places.
Madison County Historical Society’s Heritage Handicrafts: A Leisure Arts Workshop Series is programming designed to engage and involve Madison County residents in Fine Arts and Craft activities common in the 19th century, with a focus on making cultural connections to creative pastimes which are still relevant today. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. There are two more Heritage Handicrafts Workshops in the series offered: Art of Theorem Painting (May 5) 9 am- 12 pm, $30 registration fee; and Botanical Watercolors (June 9) 9 am- 12 pm, $30 registration fee.