News Release: MassMu’s April “Do the Mu!”—Cartooning

Participants will enjoy a free, family-friendly cartooning activity during the next in-person Do the Mu on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Anyone is welcome to stop by the Museum between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. to join Doug Laubacher for a workshop about designing cartoon characters with pareidolia [the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of randomness].

Guests will take inspiration from the world around them, learning to draw fun and interesting cartoon characters by observing everyday objects. They will use the power of their own brains and harness the phenomenon of pareidolia to create original cartoon characters. All ages are welcome. All materials will be provided, but people are encouraged to bring their favorite sketchbook and supplies.

Instructor Douglas Laubacher is a Northeast Ohio cartoonist and art educator.  A National Cartoonist Society member, his comic strip, Unbound, can be read in various weekly Bargain Hunter newspapers as well as in the Wooster Weekly News. When Laubacher isn’t drawing, he can be found traversing the land, teaching cartooning in art centers and libraries throughout the region. He teaches regularly at the Canton Museum of Art, The Tuscarawas County Art Center, and the Beck Center for the Arts.

Masks are required for all participants age three and older.

Do the Mu is a monthly drop-in, hands-on intergenerational outlet for creativity. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark, as well as marketing support from Visit Canton. This project is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
While at the Museum on April 2, visitors will also be able to enjoy the NEA Big Read Kickoff from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Pick up your free copy of this year’s book selection, An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, visit the Massillon Public Library’s Bookmobile on First Street, and explore two new exhibitions—Un-settling: A Story of Land Removal and Resistance in the Aultman Health Foundation Gallery and Threads Moving Backward and Forward: Contemporary Textile Artworks from Ohio in the Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon.  It is now open during regular hours Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. A visit is always free. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330-833-4061 x111
Stephanie Toole, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager – 330-833-4061 x104
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator – 330-844-1525

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