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Flying with the Birds: Kite Making Workshop

With Artist in Residence Kirsten Furlong

10:30 am–12:30 pm
Great Plains Art Museum
1155 Q St.
Lincoln NE 68508
Directions: 11th and Q streets
Ashley Wilkinson, (402) 472-0599,
Create a kite with an image of a Great Plains bird! Learn about local birds and make a kite with their image to fly this summer. This workshop will include help identifying a bird to paint or draw, creating your bird image on the kite, and assembling the kite. You will leave with everything you need to fly your kite and tell your friends about Great Plains birds.

This event is free and open to children ages 5 and up. In-person participation is first come, first served and limited to 8 registrants (1 adult chaperone per registrant is permitted if needed and encouraged for younger children). This event will comply with all UNL and Lincoln-Lancaster County COVID-19 policies.

For those who can’t participate in person, a take-home kite kit with instructions is available for local pick-up. All participants are invited to join us for kite flying that afternoon at Pioneers Park (weather permitting)!

Workshop: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Kite flying: 1:30–2:30 p.m.

To register for the in-person event or request a take-home kit, contact

This event is part of the Great Plains Art Museum’s 2021 Elizabeth Rubendall Artist in Residence program. The Museum will host Boise-based artist Kirsten Furlong, whose artwork interprets the natural history and current grassland ecology in the Great Plains and beyond through drawings, monotypes, and paintings. Bird species—past and present—insects, animals, and plants are depicted along with mark making inspired by the lines and textures of the prairie.

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This event originated in Center for Great Plains Studies.