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All summer long, Cheekwood offers exciting and inspiring experiences, indoors and out.  From scavenger hunts, butterfly chasing and treehouse climbing to yoga in the garden and author events, we invite you to discover the color, wonder and peaceful nature of Summertime at Cheekwood


First Fridays, July-October, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Join us every Friday night for a chance to unwind and explore Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape to the sounds and flavors of the artist’s native Spain. Known for his large-scale sculptures, the Barcelona-born artist’s installations create an enchanting and mystifying vision of the human form as landscape, and provide the perfect backdrop for music, dance, live performances, great food and more!

Thursday evenings in June and July
6:30 pm
Gather the gang and pack a picnic for this family-friendly series in the Garden at Cheekwood! Thursday evenings in June and July include fantastic performances and shows, a ‘kids dance zone,’ and magical memories. Make this summer one to remember!

ANNOTATIONS: Authors at Cheekwood
– July – August
2nd Friday of the month, 6:30 pm

Attention all readers and book lovers: Cheekwood has a special series of literary programs just for you. Join us in the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden to listen as celebrated local authors share their stories, describe their processes and offer ‘behind-the-text’ accounts of their work.

Offered in partnership with Parnassus Books.
Space is limited; first-come, first-seated.

Your little adventurers can make the most of their Cheekwood visit with a Backpack Adventure. Pick up a backpack at the Visitor Services Center, and inside you will find interactive and fun activities to use as you explore Cheekwood’s nature neighborhood! You can create a customized Color Garden, play the Cheekwood Challenge card game, and discover patterns in the Japanese Garden! Backpacks may be picked-up in exchange for a driver’s license, are available during opening hours year-round, and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For art and outdoor adventures, you can’t beat summer camps at Cheekwood! Keep your kids busy and engaged this summer with time-tested favorites such as Awesome Acrylics and Clay Creations to new offerings like Beautiful Books and Garden Sprouts. We have an entire summer of fun and fresh classes to engage and inspire every young artist. Don’t miss out on the fun

May 22 - November 1
In 2015, Cheekwood will debut a major exhibition of large-scale sculptures by internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the latest grand-scale show to be featured at the estate’s historic grounds and museum of art. Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape will feature outdoor and indoor installations including sculptures imagined specifically for Cheekwood’s grounds. The exhibition is organized by Cheekwood in partnership with The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, where four of the artist’s sculptures will also be on view. Plensa’s monumental sculpture Isabella (2014), installed near the entrance to the Frist Center, will mirror a “sister” cast iron sculpture sited at Cheekwood.

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