20ft WIDE – Alley Kids Family Day

20ft WIDE – Alley Kids Family Day

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Austin families are invited to explore the transformation of Alley #111 into an artist-driven playground for kids and adults.



Here is the full schedule for Alley Kids Family Day:


labrynith7am: Quiet time  Wake up to a meditation and intention circle led by Maria Tello, Brennan Healing Science Practitioner.

coolhaus10am to 3pm: Food trucks all day! Now that you’ve gotten in a little exercise and enjoyed the recorded sounds of nature it’s time to indulge. Two of Austin’s most popular food trucks will be stationed in alley #111 – Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches and Colibri Cuisine.

library10am to 11am: Story Time / Writers Workshop Story Time / Writers Workshop with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. The folks who make Austin great will take the stage to share their favorite storybooks from childhood. Join us for an interactive reading event and story time.

badgerdog11am to noon: Badgerdog Writing Workshop for Youth and Parents Kids and their parents are invited to join Creative Action for a fun and creative writing workshop! You will author a new poem or story about your favorite part of Austin and how you might transform the city with your imagination! Participants will be invited to publish their work on Badgerdog’s blog, Unbound (http://badgerdogunbound.wordpress.com).

crane10am to 2pm: Peace Cranes Origami Workshop All ages are invited to handfold origami “peace cranes” and make wishes for how we can build a peaceful community while bringing beauty and grace into our alleyways. Based on an ancient Japanese legend which promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, the Peace Crane workshop allows the public a creative way to contribute to 20ft WIDE while reflecting on our individual roles in the larger community.  Creative Action inspires thousands of young people to become creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders through high quality arts education.

accordian11am to noon: Shriley Johnson, accordion Shirley Johnson is a solo accordionist and vocalist who specializes in a wide assortment of International European folk music, such as French, Italian, German, Balkan, and Celtic, as well as American standards. Her work has taken her from Czechoslovakia to Rome, from Carnegie Hall to Austin.Think Edith Piaf with a gypsy flair! 

jugglernoon to 2pm: Juggling Demonstrations and Master Balloon Sculpture & Hat Maker

Watch members of the Texas Juggling Society throw, catch, bounce, swing, jump, twirl, spin, (drop!), roll, dodge, and balance objects such as sticks, stones, balls, clubs, scarves, bags, rings and more in winning ways that appeal to one’s innate sense of “juggleness.”Texas Juggling Society is dedicated to furthering the practice and appreciation of juggling and related arts.  Catch Aaron Parker-Fasel as he inflates balloons into creative sculptures and hats!

Suenoon to 1pm: Sue Young, singing/storytelling

Described as a “storyteller par excellence” and a “Spanish Raffi,” Sue Young has performed at museums, festivals, schools, and libraries around Texas and the US since 1994 with her dynamic, interactive, and unique blend of bilingual music and stories that appeals to all audiences.  Her 2007 CD Release, “The Legend Of The Quetzal – Tales and Tunes Of Latin America,” received a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and a Creative Child Seal Of Excellence.  Sue is delight both children and parents alike. She will delight both child and parent alike!

ibrahim1pm to 2pm: African Drumming Performance and Demonstration by Ibrahim Aminou

Ibrahim Aminou grew up in a traditional village in the Republic of Niger. Ever since his infancy, Ibrahim had a relationship with rhythm and music and saw these elements in everyday life while growing up.  He went on to perform and organize concerts all over West Africa, eventually receiving a degree in Teaching of African Arts and Music at the Centre de Formation et de Promotion Musicale in Niamey. Now as an immigrant living in Austin, Ibrahim teaches African drumming and dance classes at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center and loves to share the culture and history of West African music.