Event Details

Saturday, July 30th, 2022
|  11:00am - 4:00pm

Free Family Saturdays: The Art of Balance

Summer is for families at Artpark, where afternoons are filled with creative hands-on discovery (arts and crafts, stories, and workshops) and live performances for all ages. Did we mention that it's all FREE?!! 

This year, we're expanding on our Indigenous Ways of Knowing series which features interactive land base workshops, storytelling, and teachings from 11AM- 1PM at the Native American Peace Garden in the lower park. Then from 12 - 4PM we'll have pottery, art-making, and performances in the Artpark Amphitheater in the upper park. Engage in educational fun activities for all ages; Treaty teachings & Wampum bracelets workshops, Haudenosaunee dance performance, Corn Husk Doll workshop so much more!

Native American Peace Garden - Indigenous Ways of Knowing at the Native American Peace Garden in the lower park
Acoustic Storytelling with Tonemah


Award winning Tuscarora singer-songwriter will share Native stories from his experiences and relationships he has made along his journey. His organic storytelling style has become his trademark. Tonemah's life experiences of growing up on, and off, reservations coupled with his professional undertakings have given Tonemah a truly unique perspective that he brings to his songwriting and stories.  


Arts and crafts activities under the Amphitheater awnings 

Balancing bird, toy trapeze, positive/negative composition, record mandala, pottery, and free paint



Performance:  Cirque Barcode & Acting for Climate will perform "Branché" in the Emerald Grove in the lower park at 2PM


Audiences were blown away by their performance during our Power of Niagara event last year! Branche: an acrobatic celebration of nature that also reflects the challenges humanity faces with the climate crisis. Branché is a collaboration between Cirque Barcode and Acting for Climate Montreal. It is a show to address the climate crisis, created in a way as to have minimal impact during creation and while touring. Designed to be played in parks or forests and centered on group acrobatics, Branché is a celebration of the strength of community and our relationships to each other and to nature. It is a show to get people outside and inspire them as to what is possible if we work together. Cirque Barcode & Acting for Montreal are performing this program again at 6:00PM and again Sunday afternoon!


Here is a map of locations for participants: 



Free Family Saturdays are supported in part by the Garman Family Foundation administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

For more than a century, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has enhanced and encouraged long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. A 501 (c)(3) organization, the Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. Established in 1919, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. Learn more at cfgb.org.