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Family ArtBash Sundays: Stories, Sukkahs, and Songs

Sunday, Oct 8, 2017 • 10am–3pm

ADMISSION: Admission is free for two adults when accompanied by a visitor 18 and under, or a transition youth 18-22, on Family ArtBash Sundays

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2017-10-08 10:00:00 UTC2017-10-08 15:00:00 UTC America/Los_AngelesThe CJM - 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CAFamily ArtBash Sundays: Stories, Sukkahs, and Songs Join us for a day-long celebration accessible for all families, filled with art-making, musical puppet shows, storytelling, and an interactive sukkah. Make clay creatures and pop-up books, experience storytelling, decorate a sukkah, enjoy a musical puppet show, and much more! 

Join us for a day-long celebration accessible for all families, filled with art-making, musical puppet shows, storytelling, and an interactive sukkah. Make clay creatures and pop-up books, experience storytelling, decorate a sukkah, enjoy a musical puppet show, and much more! 

The CJM is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our family audiences. Presented in partnership with Support for Families with Children with Disabilities, Axis Dance Company, and Blick Art Materials. 


For more information, email or call 415.655.7881.

AXIS Dance Company. Photo by David DeSilva.

schedule of events


Drop-in Art Studio

Create story-book characters and creatures out of clay.

Sukkah Fun

Meet an artist and help decorate our sukkah (hut).

The Calming Corner

Relax, read, or play in a quiet and less-crowded space.

The Art Pushcart

Play with our roving gallery guide and a collection of games, materials, and hands-on activities.


Jewish Folktales with Jen Miriam Altman

The premiere of a new musical puppet show celebrating Sukkot. 


Storyteller Michael Katz in the Gallery

Join Michael Katz on an enchanted folktale journey around the world.


Family Dance Party with Axis Dance Company

Get ready to move and groove in a creative dance workshop for children of all ages and abilities. Axis Dance Company focuses on positive body awareness, gross motor development, and creative expression. 

for members

Family Member Bagel Café

Are you a Family Member of The CJM? If so, join us from 10–11am for a nosh at Wise Sons Deli before you take in all the Family ArtBash fun! RSVP by Oct 2 to, or call 415.655.7821. If you're not a Member, consider joining today!

community partners
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

Since 1982, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities has offered information, education, and parent-to-parent support free of charge to families and professionals of children with any kind of disability or special health care need in San Francisco.

Axis Dance Company

Founded in 1987, AXIS is the nation’s most acclaimed ensembles of disabled and non-disabled performers. Founding Artistic Director Thais Mazur had the creative vision to gather a group of dancers with and without physical disabilities to explore dance. What first started as an integrated group of dancers exploring and creating one performance piece quickly led to numerous requests for performances and integrated dance classes.

about the performers
Jen Miriam Altman

Jen Miriam Altman is a musician, artist and puppeteer. She has been making puppets and putting on puppet shows since she was 5 years old. While working as a pre-school teacher she realized that puppetry was a powerful tool for entertaining and educating. When puppets talk, kids listen! 

Michael Katz has been a storyteller since 1984, and has been featured at such illustrious locations as the openings of both the Los Angeles Getty Center and the Disney Concert Hall. Michael is the host of the radio storytelling program Katz Pajamas, heard on NPR station KCBX FM. He is one of the founding members of the national touring theatre company BOXTALES, and was the founding Artistic Director for the Flying Leap Storytelling Festival in Solvang, California.

Lani Dickinson

Lani Dickinson was born in and adopted from China. She began dancing at age eight with a local studio in Towson, Maryland. Later she attended two summers at the Boston Ballet School, and Idyllwild Arts Academy for the last two years of high school. Recently, she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in dance. In the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program, in collaboration with Dominican University of California, Dickinson was first exposed to contemporary ballet. She is a 2015 Princess Grace Award winner, and has trained with choreographers including Christian Burns, Sidra Bell, Gregory Dawson, Maurya Kerr, Eric Beauchesne, Stephanie Gilliland, Arturo Fernandez, and Alonzo King. Dickinson also professionally dances for former ODC Dance Company members Yayoi Kambara and Robert Dekkers, separately. She started her apprenticeship with AXIS Dance Company in Summer 2015.

Dwayne Scheuneman

Dwayne Scheuneman was an accomplished wheelchair Track and Field athlete when in 2002 he sought out dance as a means of cross training. The physicality and the creativity of dance quickly leaped to the forefront of Dwayne’s interest and he began taking dance classes and performing with Asher Dance Eclectic in Tampa, Florida. It was also at this time when he began taking workshops and attending dance festivals with internationally recognized dance companies such as AXIS Dance Company, CANDOCO, and others. In August of 2005, Scheuneman started REVolutions dance, a physically integrated company in Tampa. Since that time, he has collaborated with choreographers and dancers to create and perform in numerous dance pieces. Scheuneman also established a weekly dance class for children with and without disabilities in Tampa and has worked with children with disabilities throughout the states and abroad. He has had a close relationship with AXIS Dance for several years and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the AXIS family. 


Family Programs are made possible with presenting partnership from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Major support comes from Bank of America and the Koret Foundation. Additional support comes from Blick Art Materials.

Puppet Shows at The Contemporary Jewish Museum are made possible by Executive Director Lori Starr and by Rick Oginz.

Access Programs are made possible by major support from Wells Fargo Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Toole Family Charitable Foundation and The Morse Family Foundation.

Image Credit

Header image: Gary Sexton Photography. Axis Dance Company photo by David DeSilva. MIchael Katz photo by Chris Emerick.