Scottsdale Public Art

Temporary Art

Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures

Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures gives kids of all ages a cool place this summer to have some fun and learn more about beloved and celebrated artist and writer Maurice Sendak.  The free exhibit provides hands-on interaction with Sendak’s stories and characters. Visitors can dress up like a “wild thing” and dance in the wild forest, cook in the “Night Kitchen,” read on Rosie’s Stoop, slide into a bowl of chicken soup, and create their own masterpieces while listening to classical music. Educational offerings include: storytime, crafts, games, movies, drawing workshops with local illustrators and drawing and coloring contests.


The “voice” of the exhibition is Sendak himself and focuses on his lifework through the lens of his Jewish heritage. Facsimiles of original illustrations, manuscripts, handwritten notes, together with an in-depth interview, give visitors insight into the vision, inspirations, and creative process of one of today’s premier authors, and illustrators.


Most importantly, the exhibition promotes literacy and creativity.


Exhibit organized by The Breman Museum, Atlanta, GA.  Many of the images in this exhibition are facsimiles taken from the original art in the Maurice Sendak Archive housed at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia, PA


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