Theatre, Music and Art Set for The Woodruff's CREATE ATL Free Family Festival

The Woodruff Arts Center is incredibly excited to bring another Free Family Festival to families in Atlanta on January 8 from 1 - 4 PM as part of the CREATE ATL Family Fun at The Woodruff Arts Center initiative.

Educational, lively and meaningful programming for children of all ages will be led by the ALLIANCE THEATRE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art. Children ages five and above will enjoy the introductory Ukulele Workshop and contemporary dance performances by Staibdance while toddlers and their caregivers will delight in a Toddler Tour at the High Museum of Art and the ALLIANCE THEATRE's Parents and Tots Drama Workshop. To commemorate this special day, families can also take home a print and digital photo from the CREATE ATL photo booth!

Free tickets for this can't-miss event can be reserved online at or by calling The Woodruff Box Office at 404.733.5000.

ALLIANCE THEATRE's 30-minute Backstage Tour will give families a behind the scenes look at how the costume shop, trap room and stage work together to make the Tony Award-winning magic happen. After the tour, families will be able to see festival exclusive performances of From Head to Toe, an ALLIANCE THEATRE production designed with the wonder and imagination of a child in mind. Please note that this is a ticketed event with limited availability! Visit for full event details. For those who just can't wait to perform, acting workshops for ages 5 - 10 and 11 - 17 will also take place throughout the festival.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will start 2017 on a strong note with Music for the Very Young: Meet Our Families. This special performance, entitled The Precise, Pounding, Percussion, will take families on a journey to discover and learn all about members of the Percussion family. Please note this is a ticketed event with limited availability! Visit for full event details. Future percussionists can also design and play their own instruments in the Instrument Making: Egg Shaker Maracas Workshop.

The High Museum of Art is pleased to offer free admission during this CREATE ATL Free Family Festival as part of Second Sundays, an initiative supported by The Lettie Pate Evans Foundation providing free admission to the High on the second Sunday of every month. An exhibition on the works of beloved illustrator Eric Carle (From Head to Toe) can be found at the High, and families will want to explore it one final time with the I See A Story: The Art of Eric Carle Scavenger Hunt before the exhibition closes on January 8. For artists of all ages, the Art Making Workshop will allow participants to interact with High Museum teaching artists and create their own masterpieces. Families can also explore works by Southern artists on their own with a Southern Sampler Family Guide (best for ages five and above) or explore the galleries with a guide as a part of the Docent-Led Family Tour.

To register for the Free Family Festival, visit or call the Box Office at 404.733.5000.

This Free Family Festival is part of the larger CREATE ATL Family Fun at The Woodruff Arts Center initiative, in which families can participate in art making, interactive musical story times, composers-in-training sessions, instrument making, drop-in acting classes and more, for free, every Sunday from 1 - 4 PM. In addition, families have the opportunity to experience world-class productions and exhibitions at The Woodruff Arts Center.

For more information about each Sunday's activities and for a full list of the Free Family Festival programming, visit

CREATE ATL is sponsored by a $6.6 million dollar grant by the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, which is part of the family of foundations that also includes the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. The Lettie Pate Evans Foundation is an independent private foundation that invests primarily in education, arts and culture.

Founded in 1968, the ALLIANCE THEATRE has become the leading producing theatre in the Southeast, creating the powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse people. The Alliance values excellence, pursued with integrity and creativity, and achieved through collaboration. Reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually, the Alliance delivers powerful programming that challenges adult and youth audiences to think critically and care deeply. Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the ALLIANCE THEATRE received the Regional Theatre Tony Award in recognition of sustained excellence in programming, education and community engagement.

Beginning its 72nd season, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra continues to affirm its position as one of America's leading orchestras with excellent live performances, renowned guest artist features and engaging education initiatives. As a cornerstone for artistic development in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs a full schedule of more than 150 concerts, including educational and community concerts, each year for a combined audience of more than half a million.

The High is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 15,000 works of art in its Permanent Collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American art; a substantial collection of historical and contemporary decorative arts and design; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography, folk and self-taught art and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists. Through its education department, the High offers programs and experiences that engage visitors with the world of art, the lives of artists and the creative process. For more information about the High, visit

The Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Ga. is one of the largest arts centers in the world, home to the Tony Award-winning ALLIANCE THEATRE, the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the Southeast. One of the only arts venues in the United States to offer both visual and performing arts on a single campus, The Woodruff produces outstanding theater, music and exhibitions for nearly one million patrons each year. Through The Combined efforts of the Alliance, the ASO and the High, The Woodruff also offers remarkable educational programming, with close to 200,000 students taking part annually, making The Woodruff the largest arts educator in Georgia.

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