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August 28th, 2001
Art for Kids (and Their Grown-ups)!

The upcoming season of Family and Children's Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art features a stimulating variety of activities designed to help families enjoy art together as they explore the Museum's 200 galleries, participate in a wide range of classes and workshops, and experience special performances from September 2 through December 30, 2001.

Whether it's making masks or expressing yourself with impasto painting techniques in the studio workshops, exploring themes in the galleries with a Museum teacher, or designing a group mural in the style of Thomas Eakins, the Museum's Something Every Sunday program provides a vast array of fun activities each week. Now in its 14th year, Something Every Sunday presents special family events which showcase performances by nationally recognized children's entertainers, such as Charlotte Blake Alston who will weave together enchanting tales taken from West African oral traditions on Sunday, September 23, 2001 for "Celebrate: Stories and Art!"

Other highlights of the season include "Celebrate Korea!" on Sunday, October 7, 2001 when the Washington Korean Dance Company will offer a rousing traditional drum and dance performance. Members of the Opera Workshop and The Crosstown Brass Quintet will perform for the "Children's Concert: Sounds of the Season" on Saturday, December 8, 2001, with a lively sing-along and craft workshop following the performance.

Art classes for preschoolers ages 3-5 and children ages 6-8 and 9-12 are offered at the Museum, for a ten-week term, beginning the first week of October. Classes encourage the development of observation skills and inspire creative thinking. Open registration for fall art classes is Thursday, September 6, 2001 from 5:15-6:30 p.m. in the West Entrance Hall of the Museum. Phone registration (215-235-SHOW) will begin Friday, September 7, 2001. For additional information about enrolling in children's art classes call (215) 684-7605.

Many of the programs are free with Museum admission (Adult admission is $10 Tuesday through Saturday and pay-what-you-wish on Sundays; Children 12 years old and younger are free). Family programs that include a studio session are $5 for children, $3 for Members' children. Parents attend all regular programs free. Special family event performances are $5, $3 for Members. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the program in the West Entrance Hall.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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