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Very Eric Carle Exhibit Opens at Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (July 17, 2020) – Colorful adventures await in the traveling exhibit, “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit,” now open at the Indiana State Museum. 

At this play-and-learn exhibit, visitors can step into the pages of author and illustrator Eric Carle’s colorful picture books while discovering and playing with the characters from his well-known children’s books. His classic “Very” series, all illustrated in his hand-painted tissue paper collage technique, introduces five special insects who take journeys of discovery. Each story is a testament to Eric Carle’s love of nature, his respect for the emotional lives of children, and his recurring themes of friendship, creativity and the power of imagination. 

Visitors will become the Very Hungry Caterpillar as they follow his path, weave a web with the Very Busy Spider, find their light with the Very Lonely Firefly, make the Very Clumsy Click Beetle flip and jump, compose a night symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket, create artwork using many of Eric Carle’s techniques, enjoy a gallery of prints from Eric Carle’s “Very” book series and more.

“Our visitors have an opportunity to discover, explore and learn with the characters from Eric Carle’s beloved ‘Very’ children’s book series in this experience,” said Cathy Ferree, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “This exhibit is a wonderful way for children – and adults – to use their imagination, learn new artistic skills and connect with their creativity.”

Because nothing is more important than the safety of our visitors, the Indiana State Museum requires visitors to pre-register for timed tickets for this experience so that we can limit gallery capacity. Visitors can enjoy a 45-minute time slot with no more than 15 visitors in the space at one time. This allows visitors to follow social distancing recommendations due to COVID-19 and for our staff to deep clean all hands-on interactives every hour. Time slots can be reserved at www.indianamuseum.org/very-eric-carle.

This exhibit will be open through Sept. 7 and is included with the purchase of general admission. 

Co-organized by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, “Very Eric Carle” is the first North American traveling exhibit for children inspired by the art of Eric Carle.

For photos of the experience, visit this link: https://bit.ly/390M6Xq