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July 26th, 2004
Museum Offers Family-Friendly Performances, Gallery Tours, Storytelling and More During Fall and Winter Seasons

The Division of Education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes families to take part in exciting hands-on activities, gallery tours, performances, storytelling, and kid-friendly tours during the fall/winter 2004 season of Family and Children’s Programs. The Museum continues to set a national standard for excellence in its educational offerings that include art classes, family activities, lectures, teacher resources and workshops, and accessible programs for people with disabilities. The new season includes four free family events exploring African art in conjunction with the special exhibition African Art, African Voices and features more performers, longer hours, storytellers, and craftspeople.

Something Every Sunday
The award-winning Something Every Sunday program offers imaginative ways for families to explore the galleries and to make their own art in the Museum’s studios. Museum admission is pay what you wish on Sundays, providing an affordable option for families to spend the day together. Among the many free activities offered is the popular Drawing Together, which encourages family members to try their hands in the galleries, assisted by an artist. Another favorite, and a perfect introduction for youngsters, is Early Bird Read and Look, which invites preschoolers and their families to a storytelling session followed by a related craft workshop. A new self-guided family tours focusing on different aspects of the Museum’s collections are always available at the West Information Desk. For a full schedule, visit the website at www.philamuseum.org/education or call for a brochure at (215) 684-7580.

Special Family Events
Special Family Events are designed around a theme to highlight different artistic heritages through performances and hands-on activities at family-friendly prices. Museum teachers assist children in hands-on crafts that complement the performance.

  • Celebrate: Korea, September 19: The Museum will celebrate its Korean Art Collection as the Nori Company presents traditional drumming and dance while sharing ancient rituals. Families will create traditional Korean masks in the Make and Take Workshop and draw in the Asian Galleries. A demonstration and hands-on workshop on Hanji (traditional rice paper decoration) will also be offered. A small fee of $4 for members and $5 for nonmembers will be charged for the Nori Company performances, and a $2 for members, $3 for nonmembers charge will be applied for the Hanji workshop.
  • Celebrate: Africa, October 3 and 24, November 14, and December 12: With African Art, African Voices as the backdrop, the Division of Education will offer four free events, thematically planned to celebrate a different region of Africa, including local and nationally known performance groups, craft demonstrations by African artisans, and hands-on workshops. The regions included are: Costal West Africa, October 3, with performances by AyanAgalu, a group of traditional drummers, dancers, and praise singers from Southwest Nigeria. The outdoor Adunde Marketplace will also be open for business from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Manding Empire, October 24, with performances by Mamadou Diabate, a Kora harpist with a musical lineage that can be traced back through seven centuries. Storyteller Robbie Kumalo and her ensemble will also be on hand to thrill children with her interactive story "Turtle Shell." Southern Africa, November 14, Magauwane Mahloele, a master drummer in the Ba-Pedi tradition who creates all of his instruments by hand, will perform music from South Africa. African-American group Kule Mele will also give an uplifting performance filled with dancing and drum beats. Central and East Africa, December 12, with performances by Soukous Stars playing contemporary Congolese music as well as golden-age dance floor classics. The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble will showcase their dancers, drummers, and acrobats, as well as Pasha the stilt walker, during their performance of "The Beauty of African Culture."
  • African Voices, October 10, November 7, and December 5: Inspired by the Museum’s special exhibition of African art, local storytellers will share tales from Africa with visiting families. After the stories, families will visit African Art, African Voices, on view at the Museum October 2, 2004 to January 2, 2005. There is no charge for this
  • The Enchanted Forest Winter Wonderland Family Party, November 21, 2004: Families can warm up for a worthy cause at the eighth annual Enchanted Forest party. The event, which turns the Museum into a family-friendly Winter Wonderland, features music, special performances, gallery hunts, festive food, art projects, and games. All proceeds from the party support the Division of Education’s programs and outreach initiatives. Tickets are on sale now by calling (215) 235-SHOW.
  • Kids Week, December 28, 29, 30: Visiting children will learn about and celebrate the African-American tradition of Kwanzaa while they hear stories and participate in craft workshops with members of The Keepers of the Culture. All activities are free.

Art Classes for Children
The Division of Education offers a host of studio art programs for children, using the masterpieces in the Museum’s permanent collections as sources of inspiration. No prior experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required and class size is limited. For a full schedule, visit the website at www.philamuseum.org/education or call for a brochure at (215) 684-7580.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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