What a fantastic way to spend at the Skirball yesterday. The great array of entertainment and kid’s activities, food and music made it a wonderful occasion and not to be missed in the future. Also open was Noah’s Arc exhibit, which has been opened since 2007 and a great place for kids to play and explore hands on. Visit their informative website below for current exhibits, upcoming events and all other information needed. We highly recommend a visit to the Skirball.
HANUKKAH FAMILY FESTIVAL
Sunday, December 11, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
$10 General; $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students; $5 Children 2–12; FREE to Members
Advance Tickets: Available on site at the Skirball, online at www.skirball.org, or by phone at (877) SCC-4TIX or (877) 722-4849. NOTE: Discounts, coupons, and other ticket promotions are not valid on festival day.
Celebrating the importance of religious freedom and justice, Hanukkah is a time for gathering with friends and family. Join us at the Skirball for this annual festival commemorating this fun-filled Jewish holiday. Families of all backgrounds welcome!
Performance and Storytelling
THE GOLDEN STATE KLEZMERS
Led by clarinetist Zinovy Goro, the Golden State Klezmers play joyful melodies sure to make you dance!
LIVING LIGHTS: SHADOW PUPPET THEATER
See the story of Hanukkah retold through captivating shadow puppetry in an original work by visual artist, puppeteer, and writer Leslie K. Gray.
TRIUMPH OF THE EGG
Mixing gypsy, blues, funk, Latin, and Middle Eastern musical styles, Triumph of the Egg puts a world music spin on your favorite Hanukkah songs!
Join award-winning local author Erica Silverman for a festive reading of her new book, Hanukkah Hop. A book signing follows the program.
HANUKKAH FAMILY DANCE JAM
In the spirit of the book Hanukkah Hop, move and groove with Family Dance Jam and movement teacher Ilaan Egeland Mazzini.
HANUKKAH AT HOME
Tune in as family-friendly folk musicians Uncle Ruthie, Dan Crow, J.P. Nightingale, and Fred and Lynn Sokolow blend traditional Hanukkah classics with original songs and storytelling.
Using repurposed materials such as metal bolts and wood cast-offs, construct a decorative menorah for the holiday.
MAKE YOUR OWN TZEDAKAH BOX
Make your very own tzedakah boxes, containers used in Jewish tradition to collect funds for those in need. Craft and decorate a unique box from a cigar box and other everyday objects.
Create a portable garden using native plant seeds and succulents, glass containers, and other inspiring materials.
Skirball Cultural Center opens
NOAH’S ARK AT THE SKIRBALL
June 26, 2007
New children’s and family destination offers
fun, wonder and inspiration
LOS ANGELES—The Skirball Cultural Center announces the opening of Noah’s Ark at the Skirball—an innovative, delight-filled destination for children and families of all backgrounds—on June 26, 2007. Inspired by the ancient flood story of Noah’s Ark, which has parallels in hundreds of cultures around the world, this indoor and outdoor attraction offers a multi-sensory, interactive experience. It invites visitors to board a gigantic wooden ark and to play, climb, build, discover, nurture, problem-solve and collaborate alongside handcrafted, one-of-a-kind animals. These range from life-sized elephants and giraffes to snow leopards, flamingos and iguanas—186 species in all.
Five years in the making and occupying an 8,000-square-foot gallery space, Noah’s Ark at the Skirball will remain on view permanently. Affirming that people must work together for a brighter future, Noah’s Ark is integral to the Skirball Cultural Center’s educational mission to explore Jewish heritage with the goal of making connections within and among families, generations and cultures.
The galleries are divided into three distinct and lively zones embodying the central themes of the Noah’s Ark story:
• Storms (meeting challenges),
• Arks (finding shelter and community),
• Rainbows (creating a more hopeful world).
The Noah’s Ark galleries were designed by Seattle-based Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects (OSKA), in consultation with the Skirball’s renowned architect, Moshe Safdie. They feature interactive exhibits and experiences conceived by an in-house Skirball team, with Marni Gittleman as exhibit developer. The lofty ark spaces are populated with hundreds of fanciful animal puppets and figures, many of them kinetic. These have been created by Brooklyn-based designer/puppeteer Chris M. Green and by OSKA principal Alan Maskin, in conjunction with the fabrication house Lexington.
Outdoors, the Noah’s Ark experience continues in a rustic arroyo garden with narrow paths and wooden bridges, featuring a rainbow mist installation developed by Safdie in partnership with MacArthur prize-winning
environmental artist Ned Kahn. In addition, performances and special activities will be presented regularly in an adjacent 350-seat amphitheater.
“The Skirball Cultural Center was founded as a tent of welcome, where visitors of all ages and walks of life feel at home and part of a community,” says Dr. Uri D. Herscher, Founding President and CEO of the Skirball Cultural Center. “With the opening of Noah’s Ark at the Skirball, we are honored to offer a safe harbor—an ark—for children and families, a place that offers them a joyful, meaningful experience like no other.”
Herscher continues, “The ancient flood story communicates a cogent message that our world desperately needs at this time—we must collaborate to survive and thrive, learn from the past and appreciate the gift of new beginnings.”
The Visitor Experience
Noah’s Ark at the Skirball is conceived as a journey, taking visitors on an ark voyage from a stormy world to dry land. Visitors are welcomed into a pre-flood zone, offering hands-on opportunities to make thunder, rain and wind using low-tech, mechanical sound devices and invented instruments. Upon entering the galleries, visitors mingle with pairs of life-size animal puppets from the five continents, all crafted from recycled materials—or, in many cases, everyday objects such as bottle caps, bicycle parts, baseball mitts, croquet balls, mop heads and rear-view mirrors.
While continuing to interact with the animals, visitors will help construct a floor-to-ceiling ark, load animals two by two and climb aboard. They will help the animals settle in, unpack shipping crates, climb rafters, feed the animals, clean up the living quarters and work together to keep everyone on board safe.
The ark also displays examples of Noah’s Ark–themed folk art from a collection gifted by philanthropist Lloyd Cotsen to the Skirball’s distinguished museum. These colorful objects from countries around the world underscore the universality of the ancient flood tradition.
Noah’s Ark at the Skirball culminates in a post-flood zone, where a special light feature transmits a rainbow across the gallery. Here, visitors can participate in facilitated activities to be scheduled throughout the year, including art making, storytelling, nature experiments, creative movement and spontaneous daily “happenings” initiated by a corps of multilingual gallery staff. Visitors can express their hopes for a better world and see them projected onto a large wall in the final gallery.
Upon exiting the gallery space, visitors encounter additional activities and performances in the adjacent amphitheater. As a final flourish, visitors can play in the soft mists emitted by the rainbow installation in the arroyo garden.
Noah’s Ark is intended to be a destination that families and school groups return to again and again, with certain elements changing over time. Programming, ark props, folk art displays and games will rotate regularly. In addition, field trips for pre-K through second grade students will be offered during the school year, as well as after-school visits for students in renowned Los Angeles–based programs like Para Los Niños and L.A.’s BEST.
“We aspired to capture the best of art and children’s museums, cultural centers and parks,” remarks Sheri L. Bernstein, Skirball Director of Education. “And we have tried to create an experience that is both contemporary and timeless, that inspires people of all generations to work together to improve our world.”
Visiting the Skirball
The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 (exit 405 Freeway at Skirball Ctr Dr). Parking is free. The Skirball is also accessible by Metro Rapid Bus 761. Museum hours: Tuesday–Friday 12:00–5:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays. Museum admission: $10 General; $7 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $5 Children 2–12. Exhibitions are always free to Skirball Members and Children under 2. Museum admission is free to all visitors on Thursdays. For general information, the public may call (310) 440-4500 or visit www.skirball.org. The Skirball is also home to Zeidler’s Café, which serves innovative California cuisine in an elegant setting, and Audrey’s Museum Store which sells books, contemporary art, music, jewelry, and more.
About the Skirball
The Skirball Cultural Center is dedicated to exploring the connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It welcomes and seeks to inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity. Guided by our respective memories and experiences, together we aspire to build a society in which all of us can feel at home. The Skirball Cultural Center achieves its mission through educational programs that explore literary, visual and performing arts from around the world; through the display and interpretation of its permanent collections and changing exhibitions; through an interactive family destination inspired by the Noah’s Ark story; and through outreach to the community.