Free Family Day: Call-and-Response Picnic

July 15, 2015 - 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Skai Stage Band


Tickets: Capacity is limited for this event. Please let us know you're coming by contacting us at (414) 446-8794 or

Transportation: We will be running free shuttle busses between the garden and the Park & Ride west of I-43 at the Brown Deer exit. The Lynden parking lot will be reserved for bus drop-off and drivers with disabilities. If you are a community group organizing a bus trip to Lynden, you will be able to drop passengers at Lynden and lay over in the Park & Ride. For information on bus subsidies for groups organizing their own transport, contact Jenna Knapp:

Lynden opens its doors to the community for a Free Family Day during a two-week residency with the Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group. Families are invited to picnic on the grounds (bring your own or get something delicious from the Freddie's Deli food truck). Hands-on art and nature activities will include zip-line sculpture making with Jeremy Stepien and pond exploration and a natural migration activity with Naomi Cobb. Artists-in-residence Pat Hidson and Tori Tasch will lead a prayer flag making workshop. To allow the Fist and Heel dancers a break from rehearsals, we have invited some of our community's stellar younger performers, Ton Ko-Thi and the Skai Academy Band, to share their work with you. The evening will conclude with a participatory ring shout around the pond. First practiced in the United States by enslaved African people, the ring shout has found its way, over time, into a range of musical forms as well as into the call-and-response familiar in African American churches.

This event is part of the Movement and Migration project, a collaboration with Alverno Presents, which is supported in part by the Herzfeld Foundation. For information and tickets for Moses(es), a performance on July 18 by the Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, click here

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Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, photo by Julieta Cervantes

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Prayer flags by Pat Hidson and Tori Tasch


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