Celebrate the Art of Latin America: Patagonia

Sept 15, 2018 | 11 am - 3 pm

Due to inclement weather conditions, FAMILY DAY CELEBRATE THE ART OF LATIN AMERICA: PATAGONIA is postponed. Save the date: Sat, Sep 14, 2019, when we will present the full roster of performances and activities planned for Celebrate Latin America Family Day: Patagonia

Event Schedule

*Please note that the schedule is tentative and subject to change*

Performances & Presentations

Please note scheduled times
Theater opens for seating at 11:00 am

Leslie Cheek Theater, Level L
11:15-11:45 am & 12:15-12:45 pm

Enjoy the rhythmic bolero music of Miramar, started by members of the salsa band Bio Ritmo, Rei Alvarez and Marlysse Simmons and bossa nova vocalist Laura Ann Singh. The slow to medium tempo style is shared by all Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas, and incorporates lyrics revolving around the good fortune and tragedies of life.

Miramar features original music and boleros from across the Americas. Their debut album on NY’s Barbés Records was in dedication to the great Puerto Rican renegade composer Sylvia Rexach. The group has been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk, performed across the US and are scheduled to perform in France at Lyon’s Opera house in Spring 2019.
Learn more at www.miramar-music.com

The Latin Ballet of Virginia’s, Legend of Amancay
Leslie Cheek Theater, Level L
1:15-1:50 pm & 2:15-2:45 pm

Make sure to join the Latin Ballet of Virginia in the Atrium for a closing parade at 2:45!
Experience the Latin Ballet of Virginia as they bring to life the Legend of the Amancay through a beautiful and powerful dance presentation.
Latin Ballet Performers


See noted times below

Storytelling & Puppet Making with the Sacred Heart Center of Richmond
Marble Hall, Level 2
Puppet Making: 11 am-3 pm
Storytelling: 12-12:15 pm & 2-2:15 pm

Have you ever wondered why flamingos are pink? Join the Sacred Heart Center to discover the fantastic story “Las Medias de los Flamencos.” Craft your own puppets in this bilingual storytelling activity.

Play! Test out Your Soccer Skills
Sculpture Garden
Ongoing, 11 am-3 pm
Kickeroo, 1-2 pm

Join us in the Sculpture Garden to meet the Richmond Kickers team mascot, Kickeroo, from 1-2 pm and show us your soccer skills.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Marble Hall, Level 2
Ongoing, 11 am-3 pm

Join representatives from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to learn more about upcoming programs, initiatives, and projects!

Tango Dance Workshops and Presentations with Richmond Tango Performers
Atrium, Level 1
11:30 am-noon & 1:30-2 pm

Join dancers from local studio, Richmond Tango Performers, to watch Tango demonstrations and learn the steps yourself!

Art Activities


Colorful Ponchos of the Mapuche
WestRock Art Education Center, Studio 1, Level 1

Create a spoon person using scrap materials. Decorate a small poncho inspired by the brightly woven traditional dress of the Mapuche people.

Glacier Landscape Dimensional Collage
WestRock Art Education Center, Studio 2, Level 1

Use torn paper and pop-up techniques to create majestic landscapes and glaciers inspired by Patagonia.

Penguin Lantern with 1708 Gallery
Marble Hall, Level 2

Decorate a lantern inspired by Patagonia’s Magellanic Penguin. Bring your lantern back to VMFA on November 16th for the InLight Community Lantern Parade!

Water-Cycle Hanging Mobile
Sculpture Garden

String together clouds and raindrops to represent the water cycle and to honor the conservation efforts in Patagonia.

Decorate a Soccer Jersey Keychain
Sculpture Garden, Pauley Center Patio

Use fabric markers to decorate a tiny T-shirt representing your favorite team, or a new design for your dream team!

Community Activities


Community Water Hanging
Atrium Landing, Level 2

**Project ending at 2:30 to prepare for the closing parade
Work with community members and conservation educators to create a large-scale hanging inspired by the water, animals, and beautiful Patagonia landscapes. Join us at the 2:45 celebration to see the finished work on parade!

Animals of Patagonia Selfie Station
Atrium, Level 1

What animals could you find in Patagonia? Grab a prop and take a selfie! #VMFAFamilyDay

Gallery Hunt
stART Space, WestRock Art Education Center, Level 1

Pick up a gallery map in our new stART Space and explore our VMFA Galleries and Teaching Gallery. Collect a sticker when you’re finished!

Cave of Hands Community Painting with Studio Two Three
Conference Room 1, Level L

Work with community partner Studio Two Three and add your hand to a project inspired by the Cave of Hands, a 10,000-year-old rock painting in Argentina. Studio Two Three provides Richmond access to art through studio space, creative classes for all levels, event space, a mobile print truck, and a unique gift shop.

Visit the VMFA Art Galleries

Explore VMFA’s galleries!

VMFA’s Best Café
Atrium, Level 1

Stop by VMFA’s Best Café to pick up a tasty treat or delicious dish!

Sculpture Garden Food Vendors: The Happy Empanada and King of Pops
Sculpture Garden & Grove Avenue (weather permitting)

Join us in VMFA’s Sculpture Garden to pick up a tasty treat from local food vendors: King of Pops and The Happy Empanada!

Happy Empanada Logo
Play & Relax!
Sculpture Garden

Pick up a hula-hoop or relax on a picnic blanket in our Sculpture Garden.

Closing Parade with the Latin Ballet – Celebrating Patagonia
Atrium, Level 1 & Sculpture Garden (weather permitting)
2:45 pm

Join the Latin Ballet of Virginia in a community parade to close out the Patagonia Family Day celebration!

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Join us for our upcoming Family Day event listed below.

Chinafest: Year of the Earth Pig

Sat, Feb. 16, 2019
10am – 4:30pm
Free. No tickets or reservations required.