Photo courtesy of SAM: Children attending Off the Walls should keep an eye out for Sammy the Camel.
Photo courtesy of SAM: Children attending Off the Walls should keep an eye out for Sammy the Camel.

The Seattle Asian Art Museum will reopen this month for a free two-day community celebration that focuses on the art and dance of India.

SAAM closed its doors on Feb. 26 to begin the six-month process of removing the museum’s art collection ahead of a $49.3 million renovation and expansion of the facility.

Its empty walls will be filled with installations by local artists during Off the Walls: Remembering and Creating Art & Dance 7-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

Two Indian art and dance scholars — Nalini Balbir of Universite Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris and Ayla Joncheere of Ghent University in Belgium — will attend the Friday event. Balbir will talk about Jain manuscript culture and communities in 15th century North India, and Joncheere will speak about and perform a Rjasthani Kalbeliya dance.

Attendees can stay for the reception that follows, which will feature a performance by electric Indian fusion ban, Bijli, as well as beats by DJ Anup Shastri and the sounds of sarod and tabla by Brandon McIntosh and Chaz Hastings.

This event has already booked up, and will have limited available seating. SAM is pushing people to sign up for Saturday's events.

Off the Walls: Community Day will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, with art-making inside and outside the museum at 1400 E. Prospect St.

Attendees can watch live art installations, catch multiple dance performances and make art with teaching artists. Mascot Sammy the Camel will also make an appearance.

Music, dancing and art-making will continue 8-11 p.m. Saturday with Off the Walls: After Dark, which is tailored for the 18-and-over crowd, with a cash bar.

On top of some of the community day activities, people will be able to perform karaoke hosted by Pride Asia and dance to what DJ MissTANGQ spins out.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP here.