Moroccan Cultural Festival

Sunday, Apr 15, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Come to the museum on Sunday, April 15 to celebrate the culture of Morocco. There will be workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary Moroccan arts practices accompanied by a children’s book reading by the New York Public Library at 11:00 am and an interactive workshop and performance of gnawa music presented by music group, Innov Gnawa at 1:15 pm.

Workshops include:

Fine Arts:

Mapping Journeys: Inspired by contemporary Moroccan artist, Bouchra Khalili, CMA visitors will create their own handheld map! Using maps and transparent paper, young artists will get a chance to create their own maps of a journey they have taken–to the museum, to school, the sky’s the limit!

Oil Pastel Sgraffito:Looking closely at Omar Bouragba’s layered paintings, young artists will create their own pastel sgraffito abstracts in homage to his work. Sgraffito is a mark making technique made by scratching through a surface to reveal the lower layer. Museum guests will practice mark making with a variety of “tools,” including forks, skewers and more!

Clay Bar: 

Animals Native to Morocco:Morocco is home to many unique and interesting animals! Today at the Clay Bar, young artists will sculpt animals from this region including the rare northern bald ibis, barbary apes, fennec foxes, hyenas, panthers, gazelles, and many more!

Media Lab:

The Art of Chaibia Talal:Inspired by Moroccan painter Chaibia Talal, young artists will create animated clips exploring shape and color. Bring a moving clay painting to life, or animate brightly colored figures moving along an energetic background. Do you notice how Talal’s paintings pop with their bold lines and vibrant colors?

Sound Booth:

Gnawa Inspired Music:Young artists will create songs inspired by Morocco’s Gnawa style of music during this special sound booth workshop. Using drums and percussive instruments as a beat, they will add vocals to create unique tracks.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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