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Fine Arts Family Day

Fine Art Family Days are all-day opportunities for multi-generational families to engage with contemporary art through a variety of studio workshops, guest lecturers, artists and performers, and gallery tours. All of our educational programming complements the contemporary art exhibitions currently on display at the Rubin Center, and include additional progressive, interdisciplinary activities also complementing the events, such as family yoga, mediation for kids and scavenger hunts in the Rubin galleries.




Keep cool at the Rubin Center with dynamic programming for our friends of all ages! All of our programming is inspired by our current exhibitions on display, including the 2019 Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition and Not-So-Lone-Star: A Gathering of Texas Makers that are open through August 9, 2019.

All of our programs are free and open to the public.

However, space is limited, so you must register to attend at 915.747.6151


Keeping Secrets Family Workshop

Inspired by Jessica Rodriguez’s Compartmental Conversations

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | 10 am - 12 pm


Tracing Your Story Family Workshop

Inspired by Iriana Soto’s La Vie D’une Dame

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | 10 am - 12 pm

Traveling Together
October 20, 2018

We had a great time with friends reflecting on our journeys and the things we carry along the way. UTEP Professors Vincent Burke and Jessica Tolbert, along with their art students led free community workshops on 'traveling shoes' and creating 'luggage tags' on copper plates. We also hosted a story time about migration + immigration + separation and had a conversation about our young friends who aren't as lucky.

‘Investigating the Natural World' STEAM Family Day

Family Day Investigating the Natural World

‘Investigating the Natural World' STEAM Family Day  took place  Saturday, November 11, 2017.  STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) focused arts and crafts projects inspired by exhibition, Suzi  Davidoff: Simplified World.  The activities focused on endangered species, mapping climate change and the human footprint in the natural world. We had investigative ‘looking' tour of the exhibition and story time with artist, Suzi Davidoff. 

This event was geared for ages 4-12, and their families. All Rubin Center Family Days are free and open to the public.

Fly Me to the Moon! STEAM Family Day

Fly Me To The Moon Poster

February 27, 2016
10am - 1pm
Rubin Center for the Visual Arts 
Fly Me To The Moon
Fly Me To The Moon
Fly Me To The Moon

Make Your Mark! Studio Art Family Day

In collaboration with UTEP Art Professor Terri Bauer's Advanced Drawing Class
Saturday, September 12, 2015
10am - 1pm

Junescapes! Studio Art Family Day

Junescape Family Day

Saturday, June 13, 2015
10 am – 1 pm

Come escape into summer at the Rubin Center with contemporary arts and crafts projects for the whole family. We will have Bubblescapes, which includes painting with bubbles and making glue bubbles; Wallscapes, a 3-D mural making workshop that will include learning about geometric shapes, printmaking and collage; and take a rest with our Videoscapes, an area for children of all ages to watch short animation films. We will have gallery tours and activities to focus on our 2015 Annual UTEP Student Art Exhibition. Hope to see you there!

A special thank you to Valenzuela Law Firm for sponsoring all our Spring Family Days!


Inspire! Studio Art Lab Family Day


Saturday, May 23, 2015
10 am – 1 pm

‘Inspire! Studio Art Lab Family Day'. We hosted a variety of mixed media arts and crafts inspired by the student artwork in the 2015 Juried Annual UTEP Student Art Exhibition . We had UTEP Art Students leading various art workshops and gallery activities. Some of the students were: Jason Lucero, Staphany Garnica, Sandra Herrera, Phillip John Romero and Cristina Vega-Rojas. We also had scavenger hunts and gallery tours. The family day is FREE and open to the public.

A special thank you to Valenzuela Law Firm for sponsoring all our Spring Family Days!



Family Day Investigating the Natural World

Saturday, March 21, 2015
10 am – 12 pm

All Rubin Center programming is free and open to the public.

The Rubin Center hosted a Hip Hop! Creative Writing and Performance Workshops for kids of all ages:

Ages 4-11: Hip Hop! Dance
Kids had a 2-hour session on learning the skills of Hip Hop dance. During this performance, children learned about the development of Hip Hop, a youth culture developed in response to many problems affecting New York City in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Mikel Gregory from Jago Sazu-The Free Dance Company lead this workshop.

Ages 12-18: Hip Hop! ‘Using Your Words to Change the World’
Fabian ‘Farbeon’ Saucedo taught how through the exploration of Hip Hop history, poetry and music, you can use your words to advocate for change in your own community. Students wrote poems and learned how to develop a performance to share their work. They also learned about the power of their own voice through words and music! ‘Farbeon’ is the Director of The Hip Hop Re:Education Project, a community-based organization that develops Hip Hop educational and cultural programming in New York City, throughout the United States and abroad.

A special thank you to Valenzuela Law Firm for sponsoring all our Spring Family Days!



Saturday December 6, 2014

Inspired by holiday season traditions from throughout the world, this festive  celebration had a contemporary twist on the traditional festivities  through the creation of arts and crafts, storytelling and live music  performances. Children learned about the meaning behind each holiday and  discovered that it really is a small world after all. We celebrated Mexico’s posadas, made and  played the Dreidel, learned songs from around the world and much more!



Saturday November 8, 2014

The Rubin Center and FabLab invited children of all ages and their families to event  Mad Scientist Studio Art Lab Family Day. There was a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) activities inspired by the exhibition, Alejandro Almanza Pereda: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder. Some of the activities were JIX 3-D Straw Sculptures, LANscape Projection Mapping, foam geometric puzzles and drawing with a Harmonograph spiral machine. Kids were able to practice the art of tai chi and enjoyed other creative activities in the galleries while learning more about art. Almanza Pereda has developed an international reputation for creating large-scale artworks that often appear to defy the laws of physics.


Saturday June 14, 2014

We had a variety of 3D arts and crafts based on jewelry making inspired by exhibition Rachelle Thiewes: Something Gleams. Kids were able to practice yoga and enjoyed other creative activities in the galleries while learning more about art. Something Gleams was a site-specific retrospective of the artist Rachelle Thiewes that celebrated her work in the context of the place it was made, here, in the starkly beautiful landscape that has informed her decades-long study of light, movement, order and chaos.


Saturday May 17, 2014

We built a giant collaborative sculpture, hosted a variety of 3-D arts and crafts, and also had demostrations on 3-D technology from Augment El Paso and the FabLab. We invited DJ Adrian Acosta for mixing it up!


Saturday April 12, 2014

In this event we offered a variety of arts and crafts from printmaking to crayon wax resist to paper making. This event complemented the 2014 Annual Juried UTEP Student Art Exhibition. We also had a scavenger hunt in the Rubin Center galleries.
LOSAR: The Himalayan New Year


Saturday March 8, 2014

The Rubin Center celebrated UTEP's Centennial Year with Losar. This event consisted of Bhutanese arts and crafts, meditation for kids of all ages, storytelling from the Himalayan region, a Buddhist tea ceremony an a giant collaborative mandala. This event was supported by the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Center of El Paso.


Saturday November 23, 2013

This event featured a wide variety of activities for children and their families, with a special focus on collaboration- the ways in which we work together, play together and creat together. This was organized to complement the exhibition Szu-Han Ho: Call and Response. We had family-friendly exhibition tours, storytelling, music, a Brazilian martial arts workshop by special guests Capoeira Quinto Sol for the Arts, and an array of hands-on art activities.


Our family day team took advantage of an empty gallery between exhibitions to transform it completely. Visitors were greeted by gallery "paparazzi" who took their picture, gave them movie-style popcorn and ushered them into the space. Craft activities included creating claymation and other crafts that taught our guests how film first started such as phenakistoscopes and thaumatropes. Families also posed on our custom red carpet to take their own family pictures as souvenirs.


Saturday April 13, 2013

Against the backdrop of the Annual UTEPJuried Student Art Exhibition, our April family day was all about making art with rhythm and rhyme. It featured read-aloud stories that led visitors into art activities including making masks to show their personality and culture as well as building miniature piñatas. Special musical guest Amalia Castro helped children write, sing and dance to their own corridos.


Saturday March 9, 2013

This event consisted on hands-on contemporary craft projects for kids of all ages, from paper jewelry making and weaving to creating and decorating their own instruments. African Drum and Dance Ensemble: Patambores gave a workshop and taught visitors how to dance and play African instruments. Exhibitions on display at the Rubin were the contemporary craft of Máximo González, and the photographs of South African photographer Guy Tillim.


Saturday October 27, 2012

In response to the exhibition Shifting Sands: Recent Video from the Middle East, children and their families were invited to participate in a variety of regionally inspired crafts including ceramic bowls, persian miniature paintings, henna tattoos and sand mosaics. Throughout the day, families could join in exhibition tours, watch cartoons from the Middle East and listen to arabic children's stories. UTEP's 18 member arabic music ensemble Layali-Al-Sham led a teching performance and gave children the chance to play traditional instruments and dance.