actors on stage for art emergency play

Enjoy Winter Break & Museum Theater

This is the season when, in “normal” times, the Denver Art Museum would be rolling out a new version of our play series, Art Emergency, for Winter Break. This year, due to COVID-19, we're offering online the fifth version of the series, Art Emergency: Monet Edition, which we performed in Sharp Auditorium in 2019. (Read on to learn about our other online and onsite options during Winter Break.)

In this edition, audiences were able to journey through key moments in Claude Monet’s life and see how he shook up the art world with his take on color, light and brushstrokes. It starred local Denver actors: Brian Kusic, Laura Chavez, Quinn Marchman, and Lindsey Pierce.

Award-Winning Play

For those of you who don’t know, Art Emergency is an original family-friendly play series we’ve been creating and producing at the Denver Art Museum since 2016. It is a funny glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of creating an exhibition at an art museum. The play asks its audience (who serve as the cast’s “board of directors”) to help a frazzled "curator" and "museum educator" choose which artwork will complete their newest exhibition. The actors tell the stories behind three artworks in the museum's collection and invite the audience members to share their thoughts, opinions, and creativity.

The team (including Jessica Robblee, Mitch Slevc, Mike Kasper, Adam Weisman, and I) even received the 2017 Jon Lipsky Playwriting Award from the International Museum Theater Alliance organization. Established in 2014, the award is dedicated to the memory of Jon Lipsky, the late playwright and artist-in-residence for the Museum of Science in Boston, and is given annually to the writer(s) whose script best exemplifies standards of excellence in museum theatre. Read an interview Jess, Mitch, and I gave about the play and winning the award.

Winter Break Online

In addition to the Art Emergency video, we have many other digital options for kids and families to enjoy, including our Museum Web Quest, which allows kids to take a deep dive into the Mexican Modernism exhibition with artmaking activities and videos. And as always you can explore fun and educational things to do on our Creativity Resource site.

If you and your family visit the museum during Winter Break this year, please enjoy the new Art Spy: Giant Seek & Find and these other activities.

Winter Break Onsite

If you and your family visit the museum during Winter Break this year, please enjoy the new Art Spy: Giant Seek & Find and these other activities.

General admission is free for youth 18 and under. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism requires an additional ticket, which is $5 for youth. Learn more about tickets and plan your visit.