The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum on Friday will make its first-ever appearance at the Hancock County Fair, offering interactive art projects for kids.
True to its mission, it will be promoting literacy and enrichment, employing the popular picture book, “The Keeping Quilt,” by Patricia Polacco. “Quilt-making” sessions for kids will be held from 11 a.m.-noon, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Friday in the newly built Old Mill Stream Centre building.
Polacco’s “The Keeping Quilt” is a keeper for kids of all ages, and will bring tears to the eyes of adults.
A quick summary of the story:
When Patricia’s Great-Gramma Anna came to America as a child, the only things she brought along from Russia were her dress and the babushka she liked to throw up into the air when she was dancing.
When Anna later outgrew the dress, her mother decided to incorporate it and the babushka into a quilt. “It will be like having a family in back home Russia dance around us at night,” she said. Together with her Uncle Vladimir’s shirt, Aunt Havalah’s nightdress, and an apron of Aunt Natasha’s, Anna’s mother made a quilt that would be passed down through their family for almost a century.
From one generation to the next, the quilt was used as a tablecloth, a wedding canopy, and a blanket to welcome each new child through the generations of the family into the world.
That same quilt of Polacco’s is on display at the Mazza Museum.
On Friday, children will make their own “quilts” of card stock and paper, filling it with fabric patches of various designs and their own drawings.
“Anything they found in their little lives that are important,” said Heather Sensel, Mazza Museum education and volunteer coordinator. “Those are the ideas of a quilt. It’s things that your family has memories of that are quilted together so that you can lay them over you in life and use them.”
The back of each kid’s quilt will have a sticker reminding them that the original “Keeping Quilt” is on display at the Mazza Museum.
The museum’s galleries are open to free public viewing from noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 1-4 p.m.Sundays. The museum is located in Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion on the university campus, with parking nearby. For more information, call 419-434-5521.