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Programs and Events

XOXO: An Exhibit about Love and Forgiveness is an exhibit for children and families. Created by the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh with support from the Fetzer Institute, the exhibit uses hands-on activities to allow children to explore ways to express thoughts and feelings. The CMHR has developed family-friendly activities to foster a deeper understanding of love and forgiveness and their connection to human rights. Love and forgiveness are universal values that transcend race, culture, religion and nationality. They are a central part of what makes us human.

Join us in one of our programming zones for daily activities. They include:

  • Make and Take zone: Write a love letter to share your feelings with a loved one and hang it up on our display wall, or create a themed craft.
  • Move and Groove zone: Lounge, roll or dance in this free play space. Enjoy your right to play and expression.
  • Stories and Songs zone: Grab a book and get comfy! Children’s books in English and French will be available to read anytime, or join an interpreter for storytime and a song throughout the day.
  • Lights, Camera, Action zone: Getting on stage and performing is a great way to express your feelings. Share your own poem or skit. Don’t forget to catch a performance of “The Gift” on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. (see calendar for details). 

Pre-school/Daycare groups: Book a guided experience of XOXO: An Exhibit about Love and Forgiveness for your group. Explore the highlights of the exhibit and complete an activity with one of our interpreters. Please contact Visitor Services at visitor.services [at] humanrights.ca or 204-289-2000 for more information. Spaces are limited.

Performance: The Gift


Dates
  • Saturdays and Sundays, October 10 – January 3 (except Sunday, November 15, and Saturday, December 26 )
  • Monday, October 12
  • December 22 and 23, and December 29 and 30

Time

11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Location

L1 Gallery – Included with admission to the L1 gallery.

Text

Join us for this family-friendly theatrical production. “The Gift” uses physical theatre, masks and improvisation to explore the expression of love and the idea of gift-giving.

Craft Activity: Mask-Making


Dates
  • Saturdays and Sundays, October 10 – January 3 (except Saturday, December 26 )
  • Monday, October 12
  • December 22 and 23, and December 29 and 30

Time

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location

L1 Gallery – Included with admission to the L1 gallery

Text

How are you feeling today? Happy, sad, excited, angry? Masks can hide our emotions or help us to share them with the world. Learn how to create your very own mask.

Thank-You Letters

Dates

October 10, 11 and 12 , 2015

Time

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location

L1 Gallery – Included with admission to the L1 gallery

Text

This Thanksgiving weekend, take some time to write or draw a letter of thanks to someone who has done something nice for you or given you a helping hand.

Letters to Veterans

Dates

November 11, 2015

Time

1 – 5 p.m.

Location

L1 Gallery – Included with admission to the L1 gallery

Text

This Remembrance Day, take some time to make a special letter to honour the courage, service and sacrifice of Canada’s veterans. Express your feelings through words or pictures. If you wish, we will deliver the letter to a local veteran’s organization.

Craft Activity: Giving Thanks

Date

October 10, 11 and 12 , 2015

Time

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location

L1 Gallery – Included with admission to the L1 gallery

Text

What are you thankful for? Drop by the Make and Take activity centre and create your own craft to share what you are thankful for in your life.

Craft Activity: Mend a Broken Heart

Date

November 11, 2015

Time

1 – 4 p.m.

Location

L1 Gallery – Included with admission to the L1 gallery

Text

Forgiveness is an important step in how we treat each other. Make your own broken heart, put it back together again and learn the importance of forgiveness with this engaging craft.

Kids’ Yoga

Dates

December 20, 22 and 27, 2015

Time

1 – 1:30 p.m.

Location

L1 Gallery – Included with admission to the L1 gallery

Text

Enjoy this introduction to yoga and stretching as a family. Learning about our abilities and gaining a sense of self are important building blocks to understanding our own dignity and worth, and that of others! Space is limited. Bring a mat or borrow one from us.

Building Friendship Workshop

Dates

December 19 and 23, 2015

Time

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Location

L1 Gallery – Included with admission to the L1 gallery

Text

Working in small groups of family, friends, or even with strangers, come together to make your own “snowman” out of recycled materials. Discover how you can enjoy the right to play and develop your teamwork and cooperation skills.