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Community Day: July 13

Community Day at the Everson Museum
Saturday, July 13, 2024
11:00am –2:00pm
Admission: Pay-What-You-Wish! 

Join us for a family-friendly Community Day at the Everson Museum! This special event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate art and creativity together, featuring the inspiring work of local artist Manuel Matias. Raised in New York City’s Lower East Side during the 1980s and 1990s, Matias found solace in art amidst the challenges of his environment. His exhibition, “Alphabet City Chronicles,” showcases miniature tableaus that reflect the disappearing streetscapes of his childhood, infused with humor, activism, and social commentary.

Event Highlights:

  • Free Make & Take Art Kits: Participating guests will be invited to sit and create their miniature artwork using the materials in their box along with communal art tools like scissors and glue. Inspired by the artwork of Manuel Matias, guests will be encouraged to create a unique piece of art inspired by their own meaningful memories. Kits are available from 11 AM to 2 PM, or while supplies last.
  • Pay-What-You Wish-Admission: Explore our galleries and enjoy the latest exhibitions, including the captivating “Alphabet City Chronicles” by Manuel Matias, at a price you choose.

We are proud to partner with La Casita Cultural Center as we share and celebrate the art of Manuel Matias.

Manuel Matias’ Exhibition: Alphabet City Chronicles

  • On View: Through August 18, 2024
  • About the Artist: Born in Puerto Rico and raised on New York City’s Lower East Side, Manuel Matias used art as a refuge from the chaos around him. His works, such as a hyperrealistic garbage can, conjure the sights and smells of his childhood, blending memory with humor, activism, and social commentary. “Alphabet City Chronicles” invites viewers to imagine entering his miniature worlds and reflect on their own memories and experiences.


  • Make & Take kits will be distributed outside on the plaza.
  • All ages are welcome to participate.
  • No registration is required, but supplies are limited, so come early!

Celebrate the joy of making art with your family and create lasting memories at the Everson Museum’s Community Day. We look forward to seeing you there!