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Each month, the Ackland hosts a free program for families, kids, and the young at heart featuring hands-on art activities, live performances, tours, and more. Although the Museum’s doors are closed for our community’s safety, you can still explore the art virtually!

A mix of D.I.Y. and live interactive activities await you, all inspired by the Ackland’s collection.

This month’s theme will focus on the winter holidays of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas.

Live Storytime | 2:30 p.m.

Join the Ackland’s Public Program Coordinator as we read a holiday-themed story.

Register HERE!

Holiday Agamographs Activity

The Ackland is putting a holiday twist on our popular summertime Agamograph activity! Watch the video for craft supplies and instructions.

You will need to print two copies of the Ackland’s agamograph template to get you started!

December has three celebrations – Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas – pick two holidays to illustrate in your agamograph.

Need inspiration? Check out some holiday fun on Google Arts & Culture, courtesy of the National Postal Museum and the Strong National Museum of Play!

Kwanzaa     Hanukkah   Christmas

Virtual Conversation: Play and Childhood

Watch highlights from our November Odd Couples Tour! Facilitators Erin and Sarah show you two objects from the Ackland’s collection that emphasize play!

YouTube Link

Collection Connections

Menorah by Anthony Caro, 2000

Light is an element of Christmas (Star of Bethlehem), Kwanzaa (kinara), and Hanukkah (menorah). The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is also known as the ‘Festival of Lights’.

Compare & Contrast: What are the similarities and differences between this menorah and the NCMA’s Standing Hanukkah Lamp?

Tip: Consider scale, material, function, and pattern when looking closely at both pieces!

UNC Connections – Rameses the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

Our friends at the General Alumni Association say, “Happy Heelidays!”

Check out their toilet paper roll Rameses activity on YouTube.

Want to create your perfect holiday Rameses?

UNC has a Rameses craft for your family to enjoy!

Festive Coloring Pages: Ramses and the Nutcracker

Caroling Performing Arts and Arts Everywhere teamed up with UNC alumna Dara Burg (Designed by Dara) to create these fun pictures! Downloadable until Jan. 1.


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