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 Free Family Arts and Literacy Connection Series Begins with Arts Around the World

​The Free Family Arts and Literacy Connection series begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Rolando Room.

Families are invited to kick-off this free family activity series with a celebration of October’s cultural heritage events – Italian-American Heritage Month; Dia de los Muertos; and Diwali, India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year.

Art stations will be set up for families to go from table to table to make and take home a variety of projects celebrating various cultures. In addition each family will take home a free book.

For Dia de los Muertos, The San Diego Guild of Puppetry offers a “calaveras” maskmaking project. This project demonstrates the art of making paper skeleton masks using construction paper. In the Hispanic culture these masks are not viewed as frightening but as a  joyful sign of rebirth and a celebration of the ongoing cycle of life. Visual artist Stacie Greene presents a lesson on how to make a beautiful Italian clay wall hanging in recognition of Italian American Heritage month and visual artist Thia Nevius demonstrates a lesson on making Indian Rangoli design. Rangoli is an unique art work that is practiced by people all across India and used on floors to adorn houses.

All Family Arts and Literacy Connection programs are free to the public. The series engages families in both live performance and hands-on workshops. In addition, each family takes home a free book that connects to the theme of the evening. Upcoming Free Family Arts and Literacy dates are Nov. 16, Jan. 25, Feb. 22, April 26, and May 24.

About the Family Arts and Literacy Connection

The Family Arts and Literacy Connection is a free intergenerational family arts series promoting literacy in partnership with the arts. Each night features a themed performance and an interactive art project by artists from Young Audiences of San Diego. Each family takes home a free book related to the evening’s theme. The series takes place in the Education Center’s multipurpose room at The Salvation Army Kroc Center unless otherwise noted.

About The Salvation Army Kroc Center

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is a 12.4 acre family support, education, recreation and cultural arts center, made possible by a generous gift by the late philanthropist Mrs. Joan Kroc. The facility is open to members and the general public and provides opportunities that facilitate positive life-changing experiences through: art, athletics, personal development, spiritual discovery and community service.

About Arts for Learning San Diego

Arts for Learning San Diego envisions a world where all students, families and communities imagine, create and thrive through the arts.

For more information, please contact Arts for Learning at 619-282-7599 x114.