Lynden Sculpture Garden
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January Events at the Lynden Sculpture Garden


By - Dec 27th, 2021 08:57 am

The Lynden Sculpture Garden is located at 2145 West Brown Deer Road. Due to the pandemic, admission has been waived. All events listed below are free unless otherwise indicated. Memberships, which offer significant discounts on workshops and other events, are available.


In October, the Lynden Sculpture Garden is open daily from 10 am-5 pm (closed Thursdays). Thanks to the generosity of our donors, admission is free at this time. For the safety of all concerned, we ask you to be respectful of others by maintaining a reasonable distance and wearing a mask when necessary outdoors. Masks are required in the house. See the full guidelines here: social distance walking visitor guidelines. The sculpture garden will reopen to the public on January 3.


We will offer ice skating on one of the ponds at Lynden on Saturdays and Sundays when weather and ice conditions permit. Please visit us on Facebook for ice skating updates.


January 23-March 27, 2022
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A major aspect of honoring the dead and the living is encapsulated in the foods and meals of mourning, ebó (offertory), sacraments, and gustatory rites for both entities. The repast is foundational as a site of memory to generate a protocol that fosters and enshrines collective memory. Our repast rites for the dead are concurrently touchstones for the living: providing a bridge between the realms, and an ongoing dialogue with our heritage traditions. In this exhibition of artefacts and video, food scholar and chef Scott Barton has created a literal and symbolic repast that individually and archetypically honors the deaths of Ahmaud “Maud” Arbery, Breonna Shaquelle Taylor, and George Perry Floyd Jr., and the maiming of Jacob S. Blake Jr. By creating and sharing a meal we also honor the multitude of individuals killed by state sponsored or private violence. This repast, begun during the hard lockdown, focuses on dishes that the four individuals would have enjoyed eating or cooking. The repast was shared with four of Barton’s neighbors–Charles Daniel Dawson, Marie Dutton Brown, John Pinderhughes, and John Dowell, all Harlem elders–also in the roles of individuals and archetypes. Within their lives and their works, these four individuals are dedicated to civil rights, Black culture, the politics of identity and respect for Black life, and restorative justice.
This is a Call & Response event.


All in-person programs take place outdoors. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Pre-registration is required for some workshops.

Sunday, January 9, 2022 – 8:30-10 am
Fee: $10/$5 members. For the safety of all concerned, you must register in advance.
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Join poet and birder Chuck Stebelton the second Sunday of each month for a small-group, socially distanced bird walk on the grounds. Keeping to the perimeter of the garden, we’ll watch for seasonal migrants and resident bird species and seek out the best bird habitats to identify as many species as we can. Please dress for the weather and plan to walk in varied terrain. Bring your binoculars if you have them; no previous birding experience required.

Saturday, January 15, 2022 – 10 am-4 pm
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Bring your canine friends for our annual Thanksgiving post-prandial walk. Dogs must be leashed and considerate of other visitors, canine and human.

Saturday, January 15, 2022 – 11-12:30 am
FREE but registration required.
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The HOME Refugee Steering Committee continues its virtual HOME Conversations series in 2022 with HOME: Conversations on Forced Displacement. The series will examine relevant issues in contemporary refugee resettlement at the local level and across the globe. We hope to engage community members in understanding specific refugee resettlement crises as well as the larger issues of forced displacement, including its various contexts, while also providing an opportunity for participants to learn how they can get involved in local, on-the-ground efforts to aid refugee families and communities as they resettle among us. As with all HOME Conversations, artists will be integral to our discussions and action plans, and we will be seeking ways to bring together diverse voices to forge solutions that extend beyond a specific refugee population. This first conversation will take a closer look at the Afghan refugee crisis from the vantage point of those intimately involved and directly impacted in the resettlement process here in Wisconsin and beyond. Our panelists will include Afghan artists and refugees, as well as local resettlement organizers, all of whom are working to navigate the effects of the refugee crisis in real time. In February, those who are interested can continue the discussion, sharing information on how individuals and groups can get involved and help in the resettlement efforts.

Thursday, January 20, 2022 – 7-8:30 pm
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The Lynden/HOME Refugee Steering Committee book discussion group, moderated by Lynden’s Kim Khaira, is for those interested in firsthand accounts of displacement. We consider works of non-fiction, including autobiographical and semi-autobiographical works, by writers who have faced or are facing forced displacement as refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants. Where stories of persecution, historical trauma, and loss of livelihood are effortlessly conveyed by storytellers, journalists, and humanitarians who search out or stumble upon the lives of refugees, we seek out the words of those to whom these stories belong: the narrators who are the closest to their own stories, and the stories of their people, friends, family and, of course, refugees. In January, we will be embarking on a new book, Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Admiring Silence. Newcomers welcome!

Three Saturdays, January 22, January 29, February 5, 2022– 1-3:15 pm
Fee: $100 / $25 for those who have applied for the Nohl Fellowship or Suitcase Export Award in the past five years and request a waiver.
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The Lynden is offering a series of professional skill-building workshops as part of the support for local artists we provide through the Nohl Fellowship program. Designed by and for artists, the workshops address frequently voiced needs. Having an online presence has never been so important for artists. This three-part workshop offers practical information and tools for creating your website whether you are starting from scratch or have a pre-existing site in need of updating. Participants will learn how to prioritize goals for their website, determine potential audiences, and prepare work and other documentation. We will walk through deciding whether to self-design or hire a professional, and we will take a look at the many web host options. Whether your ideal website is one page with highly focused content or a comprehensive archive, the workshop offers dos and don’ts to effectively communicate with your audience. The final 45 minutes of each session will be divided into three one-on-one sessions with Druecke. Each session will last up to 15 minutes and will help you strategize the best approach for your needs. This is an opportunity to share your current website or website ideas with the instructor for further guidance. All participants are welcome to observe these sessions. Participants will receive a digital, take-away package of information that recaps workshop content and serves as an ongoing resource for developing and maintaining your website.

Sunday, January 23, 2022 – 10 am-4 pm
Fee: $110/$99 members
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Participants will produce a series of pendants by collaging materials and covering them in resin. First, you’ll make a mini-collage by choosing from a large selection of decorative papers, photos, and small objects–charms, beads, shells, etc.—and arranging them in a diminutive pendant tray. Then the tray will be filled with clear resin and will harden into a unique pendant. The possibilities are endless! Learn how to prep and reduce bubble formation to get lovely results and expect to bring home at least four pendants by the end of the day. Students are encouraged to bring their own materials and mementos, or collect items on Lynden’s grounds, if desired. No experience required, and all materials supplied.


Tuesdays, January 4, January 11, January 18 & January 25, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Sessions will meet outdoors whenever possible. However, in the event of inclement weather we will move indoors (adults and children ages 2 and up masked, socially distanced).
Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
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Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required for adults and children ages 2 and up per CDC guidelines. Social distancing will be practiced at all times.

Wednesdays, January 12-May 4, 2022 – 3-5 pm
Ages 12 and up
Fee: $352/$256 members per 16-week session (no class April 20)
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Art club is a community of young artists who are independent in their art practice but value a place to exchange ideas and support and learn from one another. Students will design a long-term independent art project at the beginning of the session and meet for in-progress reviews, take part in creative art challenges, have conversations about contemporary artists and discuss their work with Lynden educators and their peers. Students will present their work at our final art club meeting. Art Club will meet indoors in the studio at Lynden, masked and socially distanced.

Thursdays – 3:30-5:30 pm
Winter Session: January 13-March 3, 2022
Spring Session: March 10-May 5, 2022 (no class April 21)
Ages 7-11
Fee: $176/$128 members per 8-week session
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Lynden’s Art + Nature Lab engages participants aged 7-11 in inquiry-based art and nature learning, problem solving, and creative making. Over the course of each eight-week session, art educator Jeremy Stepien will guide you through a series of art challenges and studio projects. Art + Nature Lab will meet indoors in the studio at Lynden, masked and socially distanced.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022– 10:30-11 am
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Join us for a virtual, bilingual HOME Story Time from the comfort of your home. HOME Story Time features children’s books written or illustrated by authors, illustrators, and artists who have faced forced displacement as refugees, asylum seekers, or immigrants. Designed for children aged 4-8, we believe that reading picture books is a way to share and discuss big ideas with young children. We end each session with an art activity from Lynden art educator Claudia Orjuela. In January, our book will be The Day You Begin, written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Rafael López, read in Spanish and English. Follow-up activities will be available for download. Scheduled to screen every third Wednesday of the month, HOME Story Time is a collaboration with the Milwaukee Public Library, the Islamic Resource Center, Hanan Refugee Relief Group, Alliance Française de Milwaukee, and Milwaukee African Women’s Association. Videos will remain on view once they are posted.


Supporting artists is a significant part of the Lynden’s mission. One of the ways that we support artists is by administering the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists program. Watch for the announcement of the 2022 fellowship winners in January.


The Lynden operates as a laboratory at the intersection of art, nature, and culture. Since opening to the public in 2010, we have worked with artists, educators, students, and our community to create, support, and share experiences that integrate our collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures and temporary installations, Lynden’s community of artists, and the natural ecology of our 40-acre site. The sculpture garden is open to art and nature lovers of all ages daily, 10 am-5 pm; closed Thursdays. Thanks to the generosity of the Herzfeld Foundation and other donors, admission is currently waived. Learn more about visitor guidelines here: Annual memberships are also available.

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