Rose Art Museum To Offer New Free Family Days

(Waltham, Mass. July 2023) — Rose Art Museum is set to launch Create Date, a new program series for families. The first Create Date will be held on Sunday, August 20, from 11:00 AM–3:00 PM. The brainchild of Madeleine Day Delphia, Assistant Director of Programming and Community Engagement, Create Date seeks to engage families with children ages 5-10 in a day of free drop-in activities at the Rose to promote active learning inspired by the Museum’s special exhibitions and works in its permanent collection.

“Create Date is intended to welcome families that may feel that contemporary art is too difficult or complex for young kids to enjoy or understand,” said Delpha. “We want to make contemporary art accessible to kids through hands-on fun activities like art-making, storytelling, and more. The aim is to have families see the Rose Art Museum as a resource for learning, bonding, and, most importantly, fun!”

Each Create Date will center around a particular theme and feature a community partner. Create Date: Heroines and Heroes is centered around Arghavan Khosravi: Black Rain, an exhibition of work by the Iranian artist Arghavan Khosravi. Kids will craft sculptures inspired by the heroines in Khosravi’s art, enjoy a storytime hosted by the Waltham Public Library, and explore Arghavan Khosravi: Black Rain on a special family-friendly tour. The day will include a scavenger hunt, lawn games outside the Museum at the Chris Burden installation, Light of Reason (2014), and complimentary ice cream from The Chillwagon.

The Create Date: Heroines and Heroes schedule:

  • 11:00 AM – Museum Opens
  • 11:30 AM – Family Storytime with the Waltham Public Library
  • 12:00–2:00 PM – Free ice cream provided by The Chillwagon
  • 12:00–3:00 PM – Drop-in art-making
  • 1:00–3:00 PM – Family-friendly tours of Arghavan Khosravi: Black Rain

Create Date: Heroines and Heroes is co-sponsored by the Waltham Public Library and the Samuels Center for Community Partnerships and Civic Transformations at Brandeis University.



The Rose Art Museum fosters community, experimentation, and scholarship through direct engagement with modern and contemporary art, artists, and ideas. Founded in 1961, the Rose is among the nation’s preeminent university art museums and houses one of New England's most extensive collections of modern and contemporary art. Through its exceptional collection, support of emerging artists, and innovative programming, the Museum serves as a nexus for art and social justice at Brandeis University and beyond. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Boston, the Rose Art Museum is open Wednesdays–Sundays, 11 AM–5 PM. Admission is free.

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