published 9.17.2015

Narcissus Now Family Day

by Onassis Foundation USA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MEDIA ALERT

Free fun-filled events and activities for the whole family Sunday, October 11th is Festival Family Day 
at the Onassis Cultural Center NY

New York, NY (September 17, 2015)—Columbus Day means more than a long weekend honoring Christopher Columbus. At the Onassis Cultural Center NY, it is a full day of arts, cultural, hands-on activities and entertaining free events for the whole family. Festival Family Day on Sunday, October 11 is a highlight of the Narcissus Now: The Myth Reimagined Festival. Adults and children can explore the myth through many creative experiences, from the specially commissioned short animated film Moon Mirrors, to building their own Reflective City with Materials for the Arts and discover the Greek origins of common English words in The Greek Wordsmith. Families can create their own Narcissus flower, a Narcissus comic, and Narcissus soundtrack, and hear the myth in an interactive storytelling session. Festival Family Day will also feature experienced arts and science educators as well as astronaut Jeffrey HoffmanFestival Family Day is co-curated by Violaine Huisman and Tamar MacKay.

Presented by the Onassis Cultural Center NY Narcissus Now: The Myth Reimagined is a festival of arts and ideas which offers a kaleidoscopic view of the myth of Narcissus through music, visual art, film, science, literature, choreography, culinary arts, fashion and digital media. The Festival, Oct 8-11, will feature over 40 free events for audiences of all ages in New York City.

Following is the Festival Family Day schedule for your consideration.  Please let us know if you have any questions or need any additional information.

SUN, OCT 11
FESTIVAL FAMILY DAY—FOR ALL AGES

NARCISSUS & SPACE:
A SHORT FILM: MOON MIRRORS

10—11AM; 12NOON—1PM; 2—3PM

CREATED BY SHARON SHATTUCK AND IAN CHENEY
MODERATED BY MATTHEW STANLEY,
AND ASTRONAUT JEFFREY HOFFMAN
A SHORT ANIMATED FILM FOR AGES 5 AND UP

Featuring an experiment in which Apollo astronauts left mirror arrays on the moon to study its relation to the earth; this animated short science film offers a cosmic look at the myth. Following each screening, filmmakers and astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman answer questions from the audience, and will engage in an interactive demonstration on how the moon mirrors (retroreflectors) work.

About the Participants

Sharon Shattuck’s first feature documentary, From This Day Forward, is in festivals now. She co-created the New York Times series ‘Animated Life,’ and animated the films The City Dark (2011) and The Search for General Tso (2014).

Ian Cheney is an Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. His films and collaborations include King Corn, Truck Farm, The City Dark and most recently The Search for General Tso. He lives in New England.

Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman is a professor in MIT’s Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. As a NASA astronaut (1978-1997) Dr. Hoffman made five space flights, becoming the first astronaut to log 1000 hours of flight time aboard the Space Shuttle. He was a member of the spacewalking team that repaired the optics of the Hubble Space Telescope.

THE PLAYROOM
Come take a class with our expert educators.

MIRROR DANCE
TWO TIMES: 9:15—10AM; 10:15—11AM
WITH MARIA HANLEY
Dance to your reflection in this creative movement workshop geared to young children and their families.
AGES 3–5

TELL IT AGAIN
TWO TIMES: 11:15AM—12PM; 1:15—2PM
WITH EFI LATIFI
Engage with an interactive and family-friendly retelling of the myth of Narcissus.
AGES 5 AND UP

NARCISSUS AND ECHO
TWO TIMES: 12:15—1PM; 2:15—3PM
WITH BENJAMIN WEINER
Create your own soundscape inspired by the Narcissus myth.
AGES 5 AND UP

IN THE AGORA
The Olympic Tower Atrium will turn into a marketplace of drop-in activities for the whole family.  Take a class, hear a story, and join in a craft-making session. Children who visit all of the activities will receive a special Narcissus gift!  Activities include:
 NARCISSUS FLOWER CRAFT
WITH JEN KELLY
Learn how to make a craft paper daffodil and take it home.

THE TRUE MIRROR
WITH DANELLE MARQUI BROWN
See yourself the way others do, and learn about the science of perception and the history of
Mirrors.

MEET NARCISSUS
CREATED PAPERKINGDOM AND DKD STUDIO
WITH EFI LATIFI
Create your own myth comic inspired by Meet the Greek’s special edition paper cutouts.

THE GREEK WORDSMITH
WITH ANGELIKI AGKA
Do you know there is a plethora of English words that have their origin in the Greek language?
Come play with “idea,” “drama,” “phobia,” “autograph,” “geography,” “dynamite,” and many others.

BIBLIOTHEKE
WITH ATHENA DANALAKIS
Stop, sit, and read in our pop-up library, curated to relate to our theme. Librarian Athena Danalakis will be sharing her favorites in read-alouds for the whole family.

REFLECTOPOLIS 
WITH MATERIALS FOR THE ARTS
What would Narcissus’ world look like today? Help us find out by building your own reflective city.  These workshops will use all recycled materials.

Free admission for all Onassis Festival NY 2015 events.  Registration is required for some events.

The Olympic Tower is located at the Onassis Cultural Center NY, 645 Fifth Avenue at 51ST Street, New York.

For further information, visit onassisfestivalny.org

About the Onassis Cultural Center NY

Founded in 2000, the Onassis Cultural Center NY explores Hellenic culture, from antiquity to today, through a rich and diverse program of exhibitions, events and online engagement. Located in midtown Manhattan, in Olympic Tower, the newly renovated creative space offers experiences that inspire and support the interaction between audiences and artists and thinkers in all cultural fields from visual arts, dance, film, literature, music and theater to the humanities.  Programs and exhibitions—from scholarly to those designed for families and novices —are presented free of charge to make the experience accessible to all.

For more information, please contact:

Bruce Mason
Bruce.A.Mason@gmail.com
917-541-9014

Maria Galanou
mgalanou@onassisusa.org
917-732-7167 direct
212-486-4448 x113