Free, with priority access for families with children under 18. Tickets are available on-site starting at 10am.
About the Event
It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means free admission at the Barnes! Visitors have access to the collection, our special exhibition Kiefer Rodin, and all our family activities and performances.
Today, we're hosting a STEAM fair (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) featuring artworks created by local K-12 students using math and art. See the students' work and vote for the top projects. Plus, watch an experimental Hula-Hoop performance by dancer-choreographer Gabrielle Revlock, build a cardboard city or your own kite, and engage in more fun art activities designed to spark the imagination of people of all ages.
Did you know? ACCESS cardholders get in free every day.
What's Happening Today
10 – 10:45am (9:45am sign-ups/check-in) Gallery Stroller Tours
Join us for a guided journey designed for families with young tots on wheels or in baby wraps. Visit select works of art in our collection galleries, and finish just in time to join our Storytime activities in the Light Court!
Tour capacity: 10 strollers (Because some of our galleries are small, we can accommodate single and tandem strollers on this tour but not side-by-side ones.)
10:30am – 2:30pm Open Studio, art making
Tinker: Drawing from found objects can inspire new ideas and creativity! Take a seat at this amazing station to curate and organize objects that speak to you. Then go to work to draw your collection on paper.
10:30am – 2:30pm Pop-Up Stations, art making
Cardboard City: Using sheets of cardboard and tape, join our team of architects and planners to create buildings, parks, playgrounds, homes, and structures for our 3-D cityscape.
Simple Animation: Make old-time moving pictures—quick flip-books and zoetrope reels.
Kite-Making: Design and build your own diamond kite to fly in March winds! Structured from paper or fabric, ribbon, glue, and dowels.
Ages 7 and up.
11 – 11:30am, 11:45am – 12:15pm Storytime in the Light Court, storytelling
Bring your ears and imagination to Storytime with our Art Team and storyteller! Listen to stories that connect you to the lives and inspirations of master artists.
11am – 4pm ArtSee, visual art exercises
Light, Line, Shape, and Color: Explore the building blocks of art. Each month, ArtSee highlights hands-on exercises that engage us in careful looking at art.
Ages 7 and up.
noon – 2pm Mural Arts' Restorative Justice, open studio
Join the Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice team at the Barnes as they work to unite neighbors who have been affected by crime through shared creative expression. Meet Mural Arts staff, participating artists, and members of the Guild—Mural Arts’ paid apprenticeship program, which gives formerly incarcerated individuals and young adults on probation the chance to reconnect with their community while developing job skills.
In the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes, near 20th Street
noon – 3pm 3rd Annual Art of Math Challenge STEAM Fair
Admire artworks created by local K–12 students in the Barnes’s third annual Art of Math Challenge! Each model on display is based on a flat artwork in the Barnes collection, which students translated into three dimensions using mathematical thinking and creative art making. Celebrate the students’ work and vote on your favorite before 2pm! We’ll announce this year’s Challenge winners at 3pm.
noon - 4pm Print on Display!
Come spot a rare artwork in the Barnes collection! A print by Japanese artist Utagawa Yoshiiku that is not part of our permanent display will be on view. See the print up close, and find out how we take care of special artworks like this one!
1 – 1:10pm, 2 – 2:10pm, 3:15 – 3:25pm Hula-Hoop Performance with Gabrielle Revlock, dance
Dancer-choreographer Gabrielle Revlock will perform parts of Unstructured Time, a solo show that explores the body’s relationship to a hoop in continuous motion. To describe Revlock as "a woman with a Hula-Hoop doesn’t convey the mesmerizing effect she creates,” writes The News & Observer.
1:15 - 1:45pm, 2:15 - 2:45pm: Hula-Hoop workshops
Try some Hula-Hoop action on your own! Revlock will guide a movement exploration using the hoop. No hooping experience required!
2:30 – 4pm Art Is for Everyone!, art making
Creative Mapping: Design your own personal brain map! Draw your brain and fill it with words and pictures that describe what you think about and what makes you who you are. This is a different kind of self-portrait—a picture of the inner you!
Group Art Project: Explore the art of dominoes and chain reactions! Create small experiments of your own, or participate in group collaborations. Endless fun for all.
Lend a Creative Hand: March is National Youth Arts Month! Help make art-supply kits for kids in group homes and foster homes. Art care packages include coloring supplies, sketchbooks, pencils, and erasers.
Free tickets for First Sunday are available on-site at 10am, include collection access, and are limited to four per person. Families with children under 18 will be granted priority access to the collection at the time of arrival. Tickets go fast, but you don’t need one to enjoy our free family activities and performances. Just drop by anytime during the day!
Free First Sundays at the Barnes
Held every month, our Free First Sunday events offer no-cost admission to the collection galleries as well as an array of family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, musical performances, and interactive workshops.