Free Family Mornings: Delivering a Great Story with Comedian Mel Heywood

Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 10am – 1pm

At Washington County Museum, located on the PCC Rock Creek Campus:

17677 NW Springville Rd., Portland, OR, 97229

The Washington County Museum kicks off another season of the Free Family Mornings series with a workshop led by local comedian Mel Heywood! This all-ages, participatory workshop will create a collaborative, supportive environment where participants can learn the basics of doing stand-up comedy through stage movement, writing exercises and voice work. Learn how to deliver a great & funny story using your own life experience & observations! Like all of the museum’s Free Family Morning events, the class is totally free, and all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to join in. Come with a couple of possible joke ideas as a starting point, and be ready to have FUN!

Mel Heywood is a Portland-based artist, producer, teacher, and stand-up comedian. She’s produced shows like CULT STATUS & Clap Trap, runs an annual free comedy school, and has performed for several years with Lez Stand Up (recently named “Best Comedy Night of 2018” by Willamette Week!). Heywood uses comedy as a tool for education and empowerment, noting that “history is made and recorded by those whose voices are heard and amplified; helping students find and amplify their OWN voices through performance and stand-up comedy is an amazing experience, and something I hope to share with everyone I work with!”

Free Family Mornings is an ongoing series hosted by the Washington County Museum. Each month during the school year the museum hosts a family-friendly, no-experience-needed workshop lead by a teaching artist from the community. Museum entrance is always FREE during Free Family Morning events, and includes access to all rotating and permanent exhibits.

Look for these other exciting Free Family Morning workshops coming up:

October 13th: Gary Hirsch, Artist, creator of JoyBots

Create a teeny personal robot that can go everywhere with you to protect, defend, and give outrageous compliments.

November 10th: Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Two-person artist team

Create new meaning for historic museum artifacts through this participatory workshop.

December 8th: Michael & Roxanne McGovern, Printmakers

Make fun one-of-a-kind prints on paper through the monotype printmaking process.

The Free Family Mornings series is generously supported by the Oregon Air Show, with additional support from Beaverton Rotary.

The Washington County Museum has provided community members and visitors an opportunity to experience and understand the richness of local history, heritage and culture for more than 50 years. Located on the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus, the museum is currently open from 10am to 4pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays weekly, as well as on Saturdays August 25th and September 8th. Beginning with the opening of the newest rotating exhibit, AgriCulture, on September 27th, the museum will introduce new extended hours!

For hours, admission, events and more:



call 503.645.5353.