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Flimp Festival 2023

Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Bring the family to the MMFA’s Flimp Festival—a day dedicated to stirring your creative spirit and igniting your imagination! This annual event is perfect for young families and children. Admission is free and there is always something new and exciting just around the corner.

Outdoors, visitors will enjoy many art activities for all ages along with family-friendly grooves performed live by MEOWAcademy and local band Electric Blue Yonder. The outdoor fun continues with dazzling glitter temporary tattoos applied by the local art educators and artists from Abrakadoodle. Additionally, families can find inspiration from our community; local artists Tara Cady Sartorius (mixed-media), Sara Crocker (ceramics), Laura Murray (coloring book designer), and Aaron Sanders Head (quilts and textiles) will each be engaging with visitors while demonstrating their artistic styles.

Inside the building, the Museum’s interactive gallery, ArtWorks, serves as host for a wide range of family-friendly activities, including the MMFA’s ongoing series, Baby+Me, a program designed for parents and toddlers ages ten months to three years old that includes story time and art making, with event partner Family Guidance Center.

The first 100 families to enter the Garden will receive a colorful bag with items from our sponsors and art-making materials to make more art at home.

Art Activities

Marvelous Me Portraits
Using pencils, coloring materials, and collage, participants of all ages can create unique portraits perfect for framing for the wall or hanging on the fridge. 

Fairy Wands
Participants of all ages are invited to create a fairy wand using pipe cleaners and beads for fun and whimsical play. These wands can also transform into bubble wands for extra fairy fun. 

Weave All About It
Designed for all ages, use our clever weaving board to create striking woven bracelets. 

Photo Booth
Strike a pose in our photo booth in the Education courtyard wearing your flower crowns and other Flimp-themed accessories.

Pinch Pots
Create your own ceramic work of art. Appropriate for all ages, these quick-dry mini pots are perfect for odds and ends from the garden or the home.

Flower Crowns
The fan-favorite activity from last year returns! Create your own flower crown with flowers inspired by the MMFA’s collection and the Caddell Sculpture Garden. 

Demonstrating Artists

Sara Crocker works in ceramics and stained glass. Her work is inspired by travel, her Louisiana roots, and nature. Her current collection includes functional pottery pieces and decorative stained glass spinners. During Flimp, she’ll work on the potter’s wheel, creating works of art with clay and water.

Janice Dennis is a self-taught “crochetpreneur” and fiber artist originally from Montgomery, AL. Her seamstress mother instilled within her the love of sewing and creativity, which sparked her love of crochet and creativity by upcycling other textiles into useful, unique, and often one-of-a-kind wearable works of art. Join Janice at Flimp to learn the intricacies of crochet and repurposing unique materials.

Laura Murray is a designer, illustrator, author, maker of things, coloring book lover, and student of all things beautiful. She finds inspiration for her artwork in the people she meets and the region she calls home. After moving to Auburn in 2014, Laura started creating a coloring book for her home state. During Flimp, Laura will work on her next coloring book inspired by art in the MMFA’s collection.

Tara Cady Sartorius is an artist and art educator interested in connecting people through design, materials, words, and images. A founding member of the Flimp Festival in 1990, Tara believes that the pursuit of knowledge should be motivated by curiosity, which resonates throughout Flimp! At this year’s festival, Tara will lead an activity, guiding participants to create their own floral head garlands from fresh flowers and other whimsical materials.

Performing Musicians

MEOWAcademy, located in Montgomery, Alabama, and serving the River Region, is a place for youth to discover the joy of music and learn new skills through piano, guitar, voice, and drums lessons.

A traveling troupe of intrepid space folk explorers, Electric Blue Yonder (EBY) examines the mysteries of the universe and reports their findings through song.


Local Partners
AL Partnership for Children
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Autism Support of Alabama
BrainPump AUM
Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Montgomery

Performances by
Electric Blue Yonder

Potz & Panz
That’s My Dog
Kona Ice


Annual Event Sponsors

Annual support for events is made possible by the following sponsors and grantors. Lead sponsors and grantors Alabama State Council on the Arts, The Ford Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Barrie H. Harmon III, Lamar, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and Rheem Manufacturing with additional support from sponsors AlaCOMP, Gene and Ray Ingram, and Margaret and Jimmy Lowder, and MAX Credit Union, and co-sponsors Confero, Marion Community Bank, Morgan Stanley, Ms. Mary Lil Owens and Mr. Bill Little, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce S. Reid, Renasant Bank, Dr. and Mrs. J. Douglas Robertson, and Synovus Bank.

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