To Katie Wildfong, architecture is where science and art meet.
“Architecture employs a lot of science, technology and STEM skills, but it’s also a part of art, as well,” said Wildfong, family and teen programs associate at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
But for the kids who’ll be attending the institute’s Cityscapes Family Day on Sunday, architecture will be just another word for fun.
For the once-a-month free day at the Minneapolis art museum, kids will be invited to make their own blueprints (using blue construction paper and white markers), to build a city out of cardboard boxes and to make a structure of their choice (home? castle? amusement park?) out of dry spaghetti and “joining elements” (think marshmallows and gumdrops, not braces and bolts).
To gather inspiration, there will be scavenger hunts of architecture-inspired artworks in the museum’s collection as well as tours of views from the museum.
“We have amazing views from this building,” said Wildfong, “so we’re going to highlight the architecture of the city — and of the museum, as well.”
The Cityscapes Family Day, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., also will include music by DJ Simone DuJour and Congolese guitarist and singer Siama Matuzungidi and a 2 p.m. performance by the North High Dance Company.
There also will be a tour of international modernism. Now, why doesn’t that sound as fun as spaghetti-marshmallow construction? For more info, go to artsmia.org.