ARTSCAPE FOR KIDS Cultural festival turns fine art into fun art


You call this art?

Japer plates made into ready-to-wear party hats for youngsters?

Wacky Wendy calls it art. She's one of the many artisans and performers at this year's Artscape festival who will be out to show children a good time.

Wacky Wendy's real name is Wendy Brackman, and she says of her paper-plate headgear, "it's fine art turned into fun art." She will be demonstrating her artwork during workshops today and tomorrow at Artscape '91, Baltimore's 10th annual festival of the arts, which will feature a host of other activities for youngsters, from live music and storytelling to puppetry and miniature city building.

There will be plenty to do for the big folks, of course (country music star Emmylou Harris performs this afternoon, for example), but festival organizers have not neglected the interests of the younger generation.

David Parker, the "Pied Piper of Sign," will use Sesame Street songs and Top-40 tunes to teach deaf and hearing children about the wonders of sign language.

For children under age 12, whose idea of art might be something less than opera or ballet, John Taylor will sing and dance to Mother Goose tunes. And storytellers will entertain with yarns about such faraway places as Africa, China and Eastern Europe.

If your elementary-age child likes a more hands-on approach to entertainment, he or she can take part in the construction of a miniature town using 100,000 Tyco Super Blocks.

It's an effort "to show Baltimore there's a multicultural community out there," said Bob Murrow, director of public relations for the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, which is Artscape's organizer. "It's not just in literary art or visual art," he said.

For a full list of children's activities for Artscape '91, turn to page 2D.

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