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Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 5:15 pm | Updated: 11:33 am, Wed May 2, 2012.

Imagining the future has always been a creative enterprise, spawning favorites like “Out of the Silent Planet,” “1984,” “Star Wars” and most recently “The Hunger Games.” These books and films draw inspiration from the future’s blank slate, much like families and children are encouraged to do Saturday at the ASU Art Museum in correlation with “Emerge: Redesigning the Future.”

This exhibit is the product of a three day event held at ASU in March that brought together artists, engineers, bioscientists and storytellers to explore ways the future could materialize, said Deborah Sussman Susser, public relations specialist at the ASU Art Museum.

“There’s a number of activities within the exhibition to encourage kids to work with their minds and hands to imagine the future,” Susser said.

Given examples from the conference, kids are asked to design objects from clay that might play a role in the future. They are then allowed to place these objects in the outdoor gallery wall that is full of little nooks and cubbies.

Afterwards, the kids can create electronic music with the help of ASU art students, and then go on a scavenger hunt through the museum for symbols characterizing a civilization.

The children also have the opportunity to paint or draw their vision of what the future will look like and can then take their artwork home.

“It’s very cool because (First Saturdays for Families) gets kids into the museum and they feel like art is not just for grown-ups. Art making becomes something they can do,” Susser said.

This free monthly program is open to children ages 4-12 and their families. All materials are provided and no registration is required.

“Emerge: Redesigning the Future” is sponsored by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, The Center for Nanotechnology in Society, ASU Office of the President, The Prevail Project of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, The ASU School of Sustainability, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, ASU LightWorks and ASU Art Museum.

Details >> 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. ASU Art Museum, Mill Ave. and 10th Street, Tempe. Free parking is available at the Ceramics Research Center. Free. (480) 965-0014 or

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