UMBC's MindFest celebrates new gallery


November 09, 1995|By Dorothy Fleetwood

Join the festivities at the University of Maryland Baltimore County tomorrow and Saturday as the university celebrates the grand opening of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery. MindFest is a free celebration of the power of ideas and information.

The two-day event offers all kinds of free activities including performances, exhibitions, children's activities, fireworks and seminars. The opening ceremony is set for 1 p.m. tomorrow. The day continues with library tours, including a look at the new seven-story Library Tower, a multi-media reading of books banned from libraries and schools across the country, a live dance/music/visual arts collaboration, a reception for the reopening of the Library Gallery, and many other events. Tomorrow's celebration ends with fireworks at 9 p.m. which can be viewed from the windows of the Library Tower.

Saturday morning's activities are geared to children and parents. There will be entertainment by storytellers Bill Wood and the Kindersingers and music by the Catonsville High School Steel Drum Band. UMBC's international students will present a cultural bazaar complete with a Chinese lion and dancers. Workshops on literacy and children's science literature, and a discussion by Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher, editorial cartoonist for The Sun are some of the other attractions. Call (410) 455-2902.

Pandora and family

In conjunction with its current exhibition, "Pandora's Box," the Walters Art Gallery plans a Family Festival from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Here's an opportunity for you and your family to discover the treasures of the gallery and participate in hands-on activities at no charge.

Sunday's events celebrate ancient and modern Greek culture. Watch a professional demonstration of ancient and traditional weaving techniques, hear music by Greek folk musicians, create beautiful crafts and even meet an oracle.

"Pandora's Box," the first ancient art exhibition based on the lives of women, includes 138 works and artifacts from fifth-century Greece. It will be on view through Jan. 7. Call (410) 547-9000, Ext. 300/237.

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