June FREE for ALL Saturday
June 24, 2023 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free, Fun, Festive and For ALL
Join us for a day of family-friendly activities inspired three new exhibitions. Hands-on art-making, artist demonstrations, drop in educator-led guided tours, live performances, scavenger hunts and more.
What’s happening, 11 am – 4 pm
Anything Goes Dress Up!
Join Museum Educators in designing your own fabulous outfits for our mannequins, inspired by the Dress Code exhibition. Don’t forget to take a photo on our red carpet.
Origami “Pockets” for Nature Walks
Visit June Artist-in-Residence Heather McMordie and learn how to make a personal folded-paper organic specimen pocket to keep the flowers, grasses and seeds you collect on nature walks safe.
Educator-led Guided Looking
Explore the Ana Flores: Shaman Ladders and Other Stories exhibition in more detail through family friendly guided looking activities.
Enjoy exploring every gallery as you seek out the images in our self guided image-based scavenger hunts.
Native Plants & Corn Husk Dolls
Learn about our native plants and create your own traditional corn husk doll with guidance from Indigenous educators from the Tomaquag Museum, in connection with the Ana Flores: Shaman Ladders and Other Stories exhibition.
Pollinator Puppet Making
Join Museum Educators and Tricia Bailey of the Newport Garden Club to create an imaginative pollinator stick puppet, while learning about the importance of pollinators to our environment.
Go on – create your own incredibly fabulous buggy!
Channel the wonderous energy of Ana Flores’s Shaman Ladder sculptures into your very own miniature version.
This year Wet Paint turns 30! Learn more, register to donate artwork, and pick up materials today!
Community Pride Mural
Join us for a fun PRIDE inspired mural painting to celebrate Newport Pride, in conjunction with the Pride: In Retrospect exhibition.
Clay Studio Demos + Sale
Find Museum Educators in the clay studio giving wheel-throwing demonstrations, try hand building, and check out the beautiful ceramics on sale by Museum School ceramicists.
11:30 am Indigenous Storytelling Performance
Join Silvermoon LaRose (Narragansett/Niantic) of the Tomaquag Museum for an educational performance that weaves traditional ecological knowledge of Indigenous peoples with the art of storytelling.
1:00 pm Performance with Dress Code Exhibiting Artist Bhen Alan
2:00 pm Live Music with Dragonfly Marie
Relax on the lawn while you listen to folk duo Valerie Larkin and Mary Ann Rossoni
FREE for ALL Saturday is free for everyone, and all materials are provided.
By participating in this event, I hereby give my permission for the Newport Art Museum to take and use photograph(s) of myself and my children for Museum publicity, promotion, documentation, and publication, including the Museum’s website and social media. To be used for Museum purposes only.
Meet our Artists and Collaborators
June Artist-in-Residence Heather McMordie
An artist, educator, and curator based in Providence, RI, Heather’s work explores the complexities of soil science and environmental restoration through prints, puzzles, artist books, and interactive installations.
Silvermoon Mars LaRose (Narragansett/Niantic) is the Assistant Director of the Tomaquag Museum. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Silvermoon has worked in tribal communities for nearly 30 years serving in the areas of health and human services, education, and humanities to foster Indigenous empowerment through education, community building, and the sharing of cultural knowledge and traditional arts.
Established in 1958 the Tomaquag Museum is Rhode Island’s only Indigenous led museum dedicated to sharing the traditions, stories, and lifeways of the Indigenous peoples of Southern New England.
Bhen Alan is a performance artist whose work speaks to how, in Filipino culture, clothing, textile, and costumery is a main form of identification of certain ethnic groups, social status, and dance traditions and as signifiers of identity. Through his performances, Alan attempts to protect their own and their ancestors stories, histories, bodies, and rights.
Dragonfly Marie is a folk/Americana duo consisting of Mary Ann Rossoni (vocals, guitar) and Valerie Larkin (bass, guitar, mandolin, vocals). They perform a vast repertoire of original songs from Mary Ann’s years as a recording and touring artist, as well as interpretations of songs by diverse songwriters such as John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Leonard Cohen, and the Beatles. More information on upcoming performances can be found at www.facebook.com/
Newport Pride supports and works with the LGBTQ+ community and its allies in the Newport, RI area. We advocate for equality and more inclusive policies, safe and welcoming spaces, provide resources and education to expand community understanding, support diverse LGBTQ+ identities and history, and produce events for people to connect, learn, and celebrate.