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Second Saturdays

October 14, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - June 16, 2024 @ 4:00 pm

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Join us for Second Saturdays this season from 1-4pm for FREE family drop-in activities at the museum, led by special guest artists! Projects draw inspiration from our Main Gallery exhibition, Declaration.

All children must be supervised by an adult.

Want to know what's coming up in our 2024 Spring program series for Second Saturday? Check out our program poster for winter and spring program here!

February 10, 2024   |  1:00 - 4:00 PM

We All Belong: A Banner Making Workshop for Families - Becky Katz

Becky Katz is an artist, activist, experimental musician, art education facilitator, and community arts practitioner based in Hamilton. Children and families are invited to join Becky to create banners expressing messages of solidarity, identity, pride, or protest, taking inspiration from the contemporary and historical banners on display in our museum. Materials are provided. This drop-in workshop is free and open to all.   


March 9, 2024   |  1:00 - 4:00 PM

Songs of Declaration - Tor Lukasik-Foss

Join Tor Lukasik Foss for a family oriented music-making workshop. Lukasik-Foss is a musician, theatre-maker and artist with deep roots in the Hamilton community. All ages are welcome to join in learning how chants, songs and rally cries arise from simple building blocks of rhythm, percussion, and lyrics. Singing will be encouraged! Participants will collaborate on the co-creation of a song. This program draws themes and inspiration from our main gallery exhibition of contemporary art banners, Declaration.


April 13, 2024   |  1:00 - 4:00 PM

Reflect and Connect Through Weaving - Tracey-Mae Chambers

Children and families are invited to create a 6" round weaving with artist Tracey-Mae Chambers. Weaving is a skill across all cultures and one of the many threads that bind us as a species. Join Chambers to learn how to create your own weaving while reflecting on the complex connections between settler and Indigenous communities. This theme extends from Chambers artistic practice in which she creates art installations that begin conversations around decolonizing public spaces.


May 11, 2024   |  1:00 - 4:00 PM

Wearable Art with Upcycled Materials - Camila Salcedo

Camila Salcedo is a Venezuelan-born and Tkaronto-based interdisciplinary artist working primarily in textiles and community art. Their work in WAHC’s exhibition Labour Pains features wearable artworks made in response to the experience of artists living with brain injuries. In this workshop, participants of all ages are invited to learn hand-sewing techniques using upcycled materials to create simple wearable art pieces such as a vest or a tote bag/pouch.


June 8, 2024   |  1:00 - 4:00 PM

We are the Radical Monarchs - Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton

Set in Oakland, a city with a deep history of social justice movements, this documentary film examines the Radical Monarchs — an alternative to the Scout movement. For girls of color, aged 8-13, its members earn badges for completing units on social justice including being an LGBTQ ally, the environment, and disability justice.

The group was started by two fierce, queer women of color, Marilyn Hollinquest and Anayvette Martinez, as a way to address and center Anayvette's daughter's experience as a young brown girl. Their work is anchored in the belief that adolescent girls of color need dedicated spaces and that the foundation for this innovative work must also be rooted in fierce inter-dependent sisterhood, self-love, and hope.

Questions? Email Sylvia Nickerson, Programming and Exhibitions Specialist at sylvia@wahc-museum.ca or call 905 522 3003 x 29

Second Saturdays in 2024 are supported by the Hamilton Steelworkers Area Council, in partnership with USW’s Family and Community Education Fund.


51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8L 1B5       905.522.3003       Public Hours: Click here