Downtown Family Arts Weekend
Children’s Gallery Walk
Friday, May 2, 2008 from 6:00 to 9:00pm
Click Here for a list of Artwork Locations
Color, texture, paint, paper, clay, puppets, music, dance, sculptures, theatre, murals and more! Stroll through downtown to enjoy the evening of celebration of the arts programming and partnerships organized by Allied Arts and Downtown Renaissance Network. More than 3,000 Whatcom County children will be have their art displayed or perform in downtown Bellingham businesses.
Over 35 venues in Downtown Bellingham will be participting this year. Artwork will be displayed for 1 to 2 weeks dependant on the venue.
Children’s Visual Art Display – 28 Schools, Over 3000 elementary aged participants
Bellingham: Alderwood, Birchwood, Carl Cozier, Columbia, Geneva, Happy Valley, Larrabee, Lowell, Northern Heights, Parkview, Roosevelt, Silver Beach, Sunnyland, and Bellingham School District exhibit ‘Identity’; Lynden: Isom Middle School;
Meridian: Irene Reither Primary, Ten Mile Creek Elementary; Mount Baker: Acme, Harmony, Kendall; Private Schools: Assumption Catholic School, Bayside Montessori, BellinghamArt, Cedar Tree Montessori, Evergreen Christian School, Loving Space Kindergarten, St. Paul’s Academy, Whatcom Day Academy, Whatcom Hills Waldorf, 3 Rivers Coop School. Opportunity Council: Born Learning Washingon. Ferndale: Mountain View Elementary.
Quilt squares designed from previous year’s Children’s Gallery Walk greeting cards can be viewed at the Allied Arts Gallery.
Whatcom Museum Rotunda
6:10 WWU Theatre Multicultural Outreach Tour
6:30 Larrabee Singing Bees
7:00 Firehouse Jazz Dance Group
7:30 Kevin Muphy, poetry
7:45 Happy Valley Choir
American Museum of Radio and Electricity
6:00 Tesla Coil demonstrations & Theramin musical performance 6:30 Blaine Elementary Choir
7:15 Alderwood and Parkview Choir
8:00 Tesla Coil demonstrations & Theramin musical performance
Bellingham School District
6:15 Carl Cozier Choir
6:45 Roosevelt Elementary Choir
Leopold Crystal Ballroom
6:00 Roosevelt 2nd grade choir
6:40 Marimba Group
Thor Myhre.Ben Mann.Donna Wheat. Christian Anne Smith.Kevin Murphy. Donna Washington.Ramon Murillo. Jacqui Bresadola.Carol Reed-Jones. Andy Koch - see map for locations
Hands on Art Projects:
# 3 Whatcom Children's Museum
# 12 Center for Creative Expression
# 26 Allied Arts Gallery (help create a float for the May 3 Procession of the Species)
# 34 Bagelry
Venue maps with entertainment and activity schedules are available at Allied Arts, Downtown Renaissance Network, Whatcom Museum, participating schools and businesses. The free event is open to the public.
For more information contact Allied Arts Education Project at
676-8548 X 3
Sponsored by Allied Arts Education Project and Downtown Renaissance Network, the Children’s Gallery Walk receives support from Whatcom Museum, Bellingham Parks and Recreation, The Community Food Coop, Washington State Arts Commission Arts in Education Program, American Museum of Radio and Electricity, local schools and the community
Children's Film Festival
The Bellingham Children’s Film Festival, presented by Pickford Film Center, will inspire kids with award winning children’s cinema along with workshops in animation, printmaking, improv and more on May 3rd and 4th.
Award Winning Films
The Pickford Cinema will show prize winners and audience favorites from the 2008 Seattle Children's Film Festival on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4. These films hail from as far away as Sweden and as nearby as Seattle, and touch on topics as far out as space travel, and as familiar as collecting stones and selling cookies.
Bellingham Children’s Film Festival Schedule
Sat., May 3 and Sun., May 4, 11am-12:15pm. All ages, $3. 1418 Cornwall Ave., 647-1300
- Multi from Mushnaka (Michael Monteleone, USA, 2005, 4 min)
- Montrose Avenue (Pat Shewchuk, Marek Colek, Canada, 2006, 6 min)
- Aston's Stones (Lotta Geffenblad, Uzi Geffenblad, Sweden, 2007, 9 min) WINNER! Best Short Animated Film.
- Piano Lesson (Erahm Christopher, USA, 2007, 6 min)
WINNER! Best Short Live Action Film
- Cookies for Sale (Wes Kim, USA, 2007, 3 min)
WINNER! Northwest Prize and Most Popular Film of the Festival!
- Shhhh... (Fumio Obata, Scotland, 2007, 3 min)
- Rindin the Puffer (Len Simon, USA, 2007, 8 min)
- When I Grow Up (Michelle Meeker, USA, 7 min)
- Raven Tales (Chris Kientz, USA, 2006, 23 min)
All this cinematic creativity is sure to inspire kids to create masterpieces of their own. So in addition to movies, the festival features children’s arts workshops at locations all around downtown to put that inspiration to work.
- Allied Arts Gallery: Sat., May 3, noon- 2pm. Add your personal touch to a community created creature sculpture, with sculptor Thor Myhrebefore it joins in the Procession of the Species parade. All ages, free. 1418 Cornwall Ave., 676-8548
- Blue Horse Gallery: Sat. and Sun., May 3 and 4, 1-2:30pm Make a collagraph with printmaker Dawn Sodt. Collagraphy is a fun printing method that combines the arts of collage and printmaking. Ages 8 and up, $5. 301 W. Holly St., 671-2305
- Center for Expressive Arts and Experiential Education: Sat. and Sun., May 3 and 4, 12:30-4:30pm. Film arts workshops including Movie Making 101, Junior Journalists, Claymation, Kids on the Air, and Movie Boxes. All ages, free. 1317 Commercial St., Suite 202, 671-5355
- Upfront Theatre: Sat., May 3, 1-2pm. Improvisation workshop. Ages 6 and up, free. 1208 Bay St., 733-8855
- Whatcom Children’s Museum: Sun., May 4, 1-3pm. Learn how filmmakers use storyboards and make your own. Ages 3-8, free with museum admission. 227 Prospect St., 778-8970
The Bellingham Children’s Film Festival is produced by Pickford Film Center, a non-profit organization based in Bellingham, Washington. Financial support for the event is being provided by ConocoPhillips Ferndale, Whatcom Educational Credit Union, Kowals Pediatrics, Cascadia Weekly, and Northwest Youth Services.
Pickford Film Center, formerly known as the Whatcom Film Association, operates the Pickford Cinema, Bellingham’s only independent movie house, and produces programs including october documentary festival, the Traveling Pickford Show Outdoor Cinema, and NW Projections Film Festival.
See www.whatcomfilm.org for more information.
Procession of the Species Parade
Saturday May 3rd, Downtown Bellingham at 5:00 pm
People in the community come together to bring to life unique inventions imagined and developed out of all kinds of recycled materials - wondrous creatures and plants in various forms - masks, large wearable puppets, inventive instruments, colorful banners, etc. On the day of the Procession, all participants gather in front of City Hall at 5:00 p.m. and move through downtown Bellingham - celebrating community and our connection to nature. The Bellingham Police Department estimated that last year's parade drew somewhere between 800 and 1200 people.
Three important rules make this parade unique: no motorized vehicles, no live animals or pets and no written or spoken words.
Join the big fun with the "Big Puppets" constructed at the Art Booth located at the Bellingham Farmer's Market. Come on down and help out on Saturday's between 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Procession artists are making a GIANT spider and YOU can help. We will be putting the finishing touches on the Spider in front of Allied Arts during May 2nd Children's Gallery Walk and on parade day May 3rd.
Everyone welcome to join!
Call the Parks Dept 778-7000 to volunteer to help direct traffic and set up Maritime Heritage Park on parade day.
See www.bpots.org for more information
and parade route.
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