Annual Fall Community Day

Sep 24, 1pm - 4pm

Annual Fall Community Day photo

This year's annual Fall Community Day: Peeking Behind the Mask celebrates creativity, performance, and role playing in conjunction with the exhibition Persona: A Body in Parts and UNCG Homecoming 2011.

Each day we go about our routine lives, but inside we are superheroes or explorers, pirates or rock stars, hiding our secret identities behind a mask of an unassuming face and daily clothes. We'll explore our own secret identities and “peek behind the mask” of famous folks (real or fictional) to imagine their thoughts and lives.

One way to enter this secret world is to write a persona poem – persona meaning mask – in which we give a voice to that alternate identity. Join poet and novelist Valerie Nieman in the WAM lobby, 1-4pm, for a drop-in poetry experience for all ages. In addition, use a variety of materials to create your own magnificent mask to wear. At 3pm we’ll celebrate with live improvisational jazz  and spoken word sharing featuring musicians Joseph Dickey, Daniel Faust, and Alex Smith. Don’t miss this high-energy exploration of hidden realms of the self.

Offered biannually, WAM Community Days are open to all ages and feature hands-on art activities, performances, gallery games and plenty of opportunities to explore the museum at your own pace. All ages welcome. Free.

Persona: A Body in Parts and related public programs are made possible through the support of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and Jaguar Land Rover of Greensboro, a Flow Automotive Company. Special thanks to Heather Flow and to Carol Cole and Seymour Levin.


This event is an official 17 Days festival event.

Image: Nick Cave, Soundsuit, detail, 2011, mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: James Prinz, Chicago.



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