Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Mo Willems Studio NOV./DEC. 2019 UPDATE!


I'm having a ball cooking up shows and things for MoKC, my Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy CenterHere's what's coming up:


Saturday, November 23, 2019 - Sunday, January 5, 2020

Whatever you do, don’t let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, this world premiere Kennedy Center commission features a script by Mo Willems, creator of the best-selling “Pigeon” picture books, along with Muppet Babies executive producer Mr. Warburton, plus music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, the composer of Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! 
Tickets are on sale now.  They're selling fast, so get yours while you can!

The show will be touring the nation in 2020 on both coasts and in-between.  The schedule is here. If the show is near your town, why not bring a kid to the theater?  You'll both be glad you did.

JAZZ DOODLE JAM! featuring JASON MORAN and THE BANDWAGON!  Hosted by Mo Willems with art and doodles by YOU!

“When we doodle, that means as much as when we riff. That riff means as much as the melody, and that melody means as much to us as life.”
—Jason Moran

Jazz Doodle Jam! is an intimate jazz concert where you collaborate with the band! Sit down at a table covered with paper, grab a marker or crayon, and join host and Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems for a new kind of participatory musical experience. Kids and grown-ups doodle to music played onstage by Jason Moran and The Bandwagon. The band reacts and improvises to the audience’s explorations, jamming together with pictures and music, blurring the lines between artists and audience. All ages welcome!

Cannot tell you how excited I am to be working on this first of its kind Jazz/Doodle Jam with Mr. Moran and his band.  A big experiment, starring you and your crayon.

Tickets and details HERE.

A little farther out, both in time and concept is a symphonic rendition of GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS, my collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra and Ben Folds that will be performed in April of 2020.  

Get your Tickets  here!

You can go to the MoKC site to learn more about some the events, programs, and outreach that MoKC has planned for the next 2 years.

If you happen to be visiting the Kennedy Center, why not visit the Moonshot Studio in the new extension campus, The REACH?  There are lots of fun, hands on activities in this maker-space, including learning to draw and animate The Pigeon and his pals.  Speaking of The Pigeon, a 27-ft tall inflatable Pigeon is at the REACH! Can you find him?

You can also download this App where The Pigeon tries to be a tour guide all around the KC.  Do you think he knows what he's talking about?


This interactive, immersive experience filled with games, drawing, animation and much Mo' runs at the  Chicago Children's Museum  thru Jan. 2020!

There are many fun experiences for you and your family to enjoy.  

Hopefully, it will spark the whole family to start writing and drawing together. 

I hope you'll have fun when you visit.

You can read about the process behind the exhibit HERE.  

Interested to know if The Pigeon will be coming to your town?  
This site has the latest on the exhibit's schedule.

There are more exhibits:


Brandywine River Museum of Art

Chadds Ford, PA

Thru January 5, 2020

For this exhibition, guest curator H. Nichols B. Clark, Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Emeritus, has deflected textual considerations and focused on the broad array of imagery; the central premise is to consider the three tales and upend the status quo of traditional depictions. The work of nineteenth and early twentieth-century masters such as George Cruikshank, Walter Crane, and L. Leslie Brooke will provide examples of classic styles and interpretations that influenced numerous traditional artists such as Marcia Brown, Paul Galdone, Barbara McClintock, and Jerry Pinkney. These orthodox images will be juxtaposed with unconventional interpretations, such as the more experimental and edgy visions exemplified by the art of Steven Guarnaccia, James Marshall, Lane Smith, William Wegman, David Wiesner, and Mo Willems.
Illustrations, explored as signifiers of time and culture, reveal the extraordinary versatility inherent in the stories. Rich multicultural readings, such as those from China (Ed Young), the Spice Islands of Indonesia (Reynold Ruffins), the Caribbean (Brian Pinkney), Russia (Anita Lobel), and Mexico (Tomie dePaola) underscore the notion that these treasured stories live visually in many different forms and lend themselves to surprisingly diverse interpretation.
R. Michelson Galleries
Northampton, MA

In 2019, R. Michelson Galleries is celebrating our 40th anniversary and 30th Annual Illustration Celebration.  In that time we have seen our artists garner 16 Caldecott Medals and 35 Caldecott Honor Awards. We are proud to be recognized as the premier gallery for picture book illustration and the first venue in the country to feature illustration on an equal footing with “fine art.”

This is always a big, fun show packed with a great variety of wonderful illustration.

Runs from Nov. 10th 2019- January 2020


In addition to DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! THE MUSICAL at the Kennedy Center (see above) here's what's running now:

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience 

at Goode Theatre

4608 Hampton Blvd
NorfolkVA 23529
Old Dominion University
11/13/2019 to 11/24/2019

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience 

at Stauffacher Center For The Arts

3201 W 16th Street
SedaliaMO 65301

State Fair Community College

11/18/2019 to 11/23/2019

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical 

at Northbrook Theatre

Northbrook Park District
3323 Walters Ave.
NorthbrookIL 60062
Thru 11/09/2019

Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" 

at Wheelock Family Theatre

200 Riverway
BostonMA 02215
Boston University
12/03/2019 to 12/15/2019

Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" 

at Stages Productions

3751 Wiregrass Road
New Port RicheyFL 34655

Stages Productions

Thru 11/22/2019

Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" 

at Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

325 W Walnut St
MilwaukeeWI 53212-3868

First Stage Childrens Theatre

Thru 11/03/2019


Thanks to you, both An ELEPHANT & PIGGIE BIGGIE BIGGIE! and 
Who is the Mystery Reader? debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, joining The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!
Thanks, you.

Remember there's always more to see on the various blogs and PigeonPresents .

You can get signed books and all new Mo things at the Eric Carle Museum Bookshop.