Doors open at 1 p.m., and the action begins immediately. Sort of. Theres a pre-show lunch and games for little ones. The band takes the stage an hour later. This gets kids used to going to a concert, says Gyorki. When they get older, [standing around and waiting for the band] wont seem so foreign to them.
Todays performance is the first in a series of child-friendly shows that double as promotion for Arts Collinwoods various programs for kids. The afternoon concerts -- including one by grown-up faves Los Straitjackets later this month -- also encourage art education outside of the classroom. Art is not about an elite, ivory-tower kind of thing, says Gyorki. Make it user-friendly and something that Mom, Dad, and Grandma can do with the kids. Once you do that, people wont treat art like a different species. Theyll treat it as a necessary part of living well.
Sun., April 15, 1-4 p.m.