SAT—May 1—11 AM ET

*The YouTube Premiere will air from 11-11:30 AM on May 1 and remain live on this page through May 8.*


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On Walpurgis Day & Vappu on May 1, join us to welcome in the spring with a special celebration of the iconic Swedish author Elsa Beskow! Special guest Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz (Scandinavian American Theater Company) will introduce Beskow’s world of beautiful illustrations and children’s literature, which Swedish children have grown up with for over 100 years, and have since made the author known internationally as the “Beatrix Potter” of Sweden. As a young child Beskow would spend hours drawing trees and flowers in spring and summer, gaining a wide knowledge of plants and flowers that she later carried through to her illustrations, while retaining a child’s pure and wondrous view of nature. She has long been celebrated at the Children’s Center, including in the 2011 exhibition A Child’s Adventure in the Swedish Countryside: A Storybook Installation.

In today’s event, Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz will introduce her work with examples of illustrations, followed by a virtual art workshop based on Beskow’s literature!

The video will premiere at 11 AM ET on May 1 on this page and via YouTube and Facebook; links to set reminders to watch will be added here closer to the date, or stream directly on this page starting then through Saturday, May 8.