Family Fun at the Funk Center April 26

Learn about and make South African Ndebele dolls

MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology will present its first-ever family workshop, “Ndebele Dolls,” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, in the center’s second-floor mezzanine.

Participants will join Donna Sewell, the center’s manager of visitor services, for the two-hour workshop.

Originating in South Africa, Ndebele dolls are dressed in ceremonial clothing that mark important milestones in life. Participants are invited to celebrate the art of Ndebele doll-making by creating a unique doll that represents a special achievement in their own lives.

Admission for the workshop is $10 for a parent and child pair, and $5 for each additional participant. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. All skill levels are welcome and all materials will be provided. Please RSVP by April 16 to or by calling (321) 674-6129.

This event is presented in conjunction with the center’s current exhibit, “Tying the Knot: Global Wedding Costume and Ritual,” which is on view through April 26.

Regular hours for the Ruth Funk Center are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The center is next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus, 150 W. University Blvd. in Melbourne. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (321) 674-8313.


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