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Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012 5:15 pm

Discover the sights, sounds and flavors of a vast array of countries and cultures at Phoenix Art Museum’s fourth annual Walkabout from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 29. 

This one-day event celebrates the museum’s diverse collection of artwork from around the world and offers performances, demonstrations and kid-friendly activities, as well as samples of ethnically diverse foods.

During the event, museum docents will be available throughout the museum to answer questions.  This year’s Walkabout festivities include:

• Flamenco music and dance by Chris Burton Jacome and ensemble.

• Kawambe-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre.

• Japanese flute performances in the Art of Asia Gallery.

• The smooth Afro-Cuban/Afro-Brazilian sounds of Bata Ire.

• Storytelling for ages 2–5, with songs, finger games and cultural stories in PhxArtKids Gallery.

• The art of Ikebana, Japanese floral arranging demonstration, presented by Ikebana of Arizona.

• Chinese brush painting activity.

• Living history performance about Arizona’s original “green” architect, Mary Jane Colter, presented by the Arizona Historical Society.

• Theater sketches inspired by art from Arizona School for the Arts.

For information and a detailed schedule of events, visit phxart.org.  All Walkabout performances and activities are included with museum general admission, which is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and older), $10 for full-time college students with ID, $6 for ages 6-17 and free for children under 6 and for museum members. Phoenix Art Museum is in downtown Phoenix at the corner of Central Avenue and McDowell Road.

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