Storytelling with MMAM’s Second Saturday: Home Edition


The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona is back with it’s bimonthly Second Saturdays: Home Edition on Saturday, December 12. Inspired by the museum’s collections, exhibitions, local artists, and talented staff and volunteers, virtual Second Saturdays offers some of the favorite components of the on-site program that can be done at home, plus some interactive elements that can only be offered online.

December’s theme is “Storytelling Through Art.” Every picture is worth a thousand words, and the paintings on the walls of the MMAM can tell countless stories. Participants are invited to explore their own stories with online activities and art kits that can be enjoyed from the safety of home. All activities will go live on on December 12. These activities will remain active on the website after December 12, as well, so come back as often as you would like.

This month’s virtual program features a variety of activities based around the storytelling theme. Activities include a reading of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Things You Can Think,” by MMAM volunteer Laura Armstrong, the always popular Bingo Overboard game, an online quiz on the true stories behind paintings in MMAM’s collections, memory games, Mississippi River Trivia, and coloring pages designed by Winona artists Molly Lyn and Sarah Johnson.

Join company members from Winona’s own Great River Shakespeare Company, as they tell some of the mostly true, sometimes silly stories behind some of the artwork in MMAM’s collection. This video features the talents of Gracie Belt, Victoria Nassif, Benjamin Boucvalt, Valerie Brett, Beth Gardiner, and Leah Gabriel.

Winona musician, Tanner Brethorst, will play a few fiddle tunes on the banjo and sing an old ballad in a video produced by Danny Matthews of the Artist Grid. Tanner will share some stories behind old-time music and why it is so special.

Be on the lookout on our social media to help us tell the story of a painting in our collections. Through a series of Facebook polls, you can vote in this “choose your adventure” style storytelling and shape the story we will tell. Read the full story on our MMAM Art Stream blog on December 12.

In addition, on Saturday, December 12, starting at 10 a.m., the museum will be offering contactless curbside pickup of 300 art kits located at 800 Riverview Drive. There are two different art projects, one designed for ages seven and younger, and one designed for children ages eight and older. Please note that with some accommodations and help from a grown-up, both kits can be fun for kids of all ages. One kit per child.

All art kits will include a special admission pass for $1 admission for up to five people. Admission pass must be used before May 31, 2021. Please check our website for closures and hours. These will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available until supplies run out. No advance reservations.

There is no cost to participate in any Second Saturday: Home Edition activities, although MMAM would appreciate it if you would fill out a survey which helps to plan future virtual and in-person events.

Second Saturdays are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Second Saturdays are also made possible by our generous sponsors WNB Financial, BNSF, The Water Main, Minnesota Public Radio, KQAL, music sponsor Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Winona, and Bingo Overboard! sponsor Doug Troke, Farmers Insurance.

There is always something new to experience at the MMMAM, your nonprofit art museum that engages visitors in meaningful visual art experiences through education and exhibitions that

explore the ongoing and historic human relationship with water. MMAM is located at 800 Riverview Drive in Winona, and is surrounded by acres of native prairie gardens along the Mississippi River. The MMMAM’s galleries are temporarily closed to visitors per orders from the state of Minnesota in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.


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