Free family picnic!

- Free admission
- Bring your own blanket, chairs, and snacks
- Free ice cream sponsored by Kent Corporation
- Yard games, window painting, "Take & Make" projects
- Participate in the Tree of Acknowledgement project in the studio

Join us during Family Picnic on June 24 to participate in the "Tree of Acknowledgement" project by artist Nancy Judd. No registration required. Project will take place in the Muscatine Art Center studio.

Tree of Acknowledgement
Local residents are invited to help create a commissioned sculpture for the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. Nancy Judd (Alterations: Tailored Solutions to Climate Change) and artist Deana Dartt, PhD (Coastal Chumash, Mestiza) aim to bring public awareness to our colonial history and the ongoing injustices faced by Native peoples. The large metal tree will be welded from aluminum railings salvaged from the old Musser Public Library and covered in leaves cut from withdrawn/deleted library book pages. The leaves will be painted green and inscribed with reflective statements.

Native and non-Native people will be involved at every stage in the process of this community-based sculpture. This spring and summer, the Muscatine Art Center will present opportunities to cut and paint leaves. Join us during the May 7 Kids Open Studio and the Family Picnic on June 24 to participate in this project. No registration required.

The process of creating the Tree of Acknowledgement is a conversation, a collaborative, and on-going exploration of what meaningful reparations in action for Native peoples can mean. Muscatine is on the ancestral homelands of the Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Sauk and Meskwaki, and the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Dakota/Lakota/Nakoda (Sioux) Nations.