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METROPOLITAN MUSEUM ANNOUNCES WEEKEND & WEEKDAY "DROP-IN" PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2003

The following programs for children up to age 12 and their adult companions will be offered by The Metropolitan Museum of Art during November and December 2003. These drop-in programs are free with Museum admission, and all materials are provided.

Start with Art – for ages three through seven: an hour of storytelling, sketching activities, and other ways of exploring art, scheduled from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, and December 6, and 13.

This program will also be offered weekdays from November 4 through December 12 as follows: Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3:30-4:40 p.m.; Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; and Fridays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Look Again! – for ages five through 12: a 90-minute exploration of the history, meaning, and cross-cultural connections of works of art in the Museum through conversation, sketching, and once-monthly live performances, scheduled from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and again from 2:00-3:30 p.m., on Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, and December 6 and 13; and from 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m. on Sundays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, and December 7 and 14.

El Premier Contacto con el Arte – a Spanish-language program for ages six through 12: two hours of discussion and sketching activities, focusing on a particular theme and a different area of the Museum each week, scheduled from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, and 22, and December 6 and 13 (no program on November 29).

Hello, Met! – for ages five through 12: a stimulating introduction to the Museum and its encyclopedic collection for new and first-time visitors through discussion and sketching of some of its masterpieces, sometimes preceded by a short film, scheduled from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Sundays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, and December 7 and 14.

Art Evenings for Families – for ages six through 12: an encounter with the Museum's collection through conversation and sketching, scheduled from 6:00-7:00 on Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, and December 6 and 13.

The Charles H. Talley Lecture Series for Families – for ages six through 12: an exploration of the Museum's collection through discussion and sketching in various galleries, scheduled for 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Fridays, November 7, 14, 21, and 28, and December 5 and 12.

Workshop at The Cloisters – for ages four through 12: special gallery tours and art-making activities at The Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, located in upper Manhattan, scheduled for 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturdays, November 1, and December 6 and 27.

A special family program, A Suit of Armor, How Did They Do That? will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14. Supplementing the Look Again! program of the morning, these 20-minute sessions, which run from 1:00-4:00 p.m., explain through the handling of tools and materials how a work of art was created.

In addition, a selection of short films from the Museum's unique archive of family films that celebrate the holiday season will be shown on Saturday, December 20, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Family programs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art are supported by: Uris Brothers Foundation Endowment, Bloomberg, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Schein, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., Pat and John Rosenwald Fund, The Aronson Family Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Staten Island Advance, The Roberta & Allan Weissglass Foundation, Inc., The Rotary Foundation of New York, and The Goodman Memorial Foundation.

For further information on family programs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, call (212) 570-3961.

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