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December 14th, 2005
Museum Offers Gallery Tours, Family-Friendly Performances, Craft Demonstrations and More During Winter/Spring Season

The Division of Education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes families to take part in exciting hands-on activities, performances, storytelling, and kid-friendly gallery tours during the winter/spring 2006 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. This season’s line-up includes a full day of art activities, music and dance highlighting the dynamic work of artist Beauford Delaney, and a special celebration of the Persian New Year with the world-renowned Silk Road Dance Company.

Something Every Sunday

The award-winning Something Every Sunday program offers imaginative ways for families to explore the galleries and to make art in the Museum's studios. Many of these family programs are free. Those that include a studio session are $2 per member child and $3 per nonmember child. Museum admission is pay what you wish on Sundays, providing an affordable option for families to spend the day together. This season, many of the family activities have a 'Ben Franklin' flavor, in conjunction with the citywide tercentenary celebration.

Among the free activities offered is the popular Drawing Together, which allows family members to create their own works in the galleries, assisted by an artist. Another favorite for youngsters is Early Bird Read and Look, which invites preschoolers and their families to a storytelling session followed by a related craft workshop. Medieval Craft Demonstrations, a free drop-in series run by teen docents, will reveal the secrets behind the ancient arts of stained glass, masonry and panel painting. 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.

Something Every Sunday Schedule:

  • Early Bird Read and Look (ages 3 to 5):
    January 8 and 22: Isabelle and the Angel
    February 12 and 19: Babar’s Museum of Art
    March 5 and 19: Kite Flying*
    April 9 and 23: Bruno the Tailor
  • Tours for Tots (preschoolers):
    January 8: Animals in Art
    January 29: What are they Wearing?
    February 12: Colors in Art
    March 19: Mother Nature
    April 9: Clay Creations
  • Drawing Together (all ages):
    January 15* and 29*
    February 5 and 12
    March 12 and 26
    April 23 and 30
  • Medieval Craft Demonstrations (all ages): March 5, 12, 19 and 26
    April 2 and 9
  • Family Gallery Tour (ages 6 to 10):
    January 22: Greatest Hits!
    February 5: Asian Adventure (10:30 and 12:30)
    February 19: Ben Franklin’s America
    March 5: Greatest Hits!
    April 23: Medieval Times
    April 30: American Artists
* Indicates a Benjamin Franklin-related program

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.
  • Delaney & Friends: Exploring African-American Art, Music and Dance: January 15, 2006, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: A day-long celebration of the exhibition Beauford Delaney: From New York to Paris features the music and dance that inspired and surrounded the artist. Visitors are invited to groove to a child-friendly performance of the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, and experience a jazz and modern dance performance by Philadanco’s D/2. Families can finish the day by making Harlem Renaissance-inspired crafts or by drawing in the Museum’s galleries.
    Schedule:
    • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Make and Take Crafts
    • 11:00 and 2:30: The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble Performance
    • 12:30: D/2 Dance Performance
    • 12:00 to 2:30 p.m.: Drawing Together
  • The Year of the Dog! Sunday, February 5, 2006, 10:30 – 2:30 p.m.: The highly popular annual Asian New Year celebration returns with a traditional dance and music performance by the nationally renowned group Dance Asia. Visitors will watch an artist demonstrate bamboo basket weaving, and create Asian masks, fans, and other crafts in the Make and Take workshop. The Museum’s Asian galleries provide an inspirational backdrop to the festivities.
    Schedule:
    • 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: Asian Family Tour
    • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make and Take Crafts
    • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Bamboo Basket Demonstration
    • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Dance Asia Performance
    • 12 to 2:30 p.m.: Drawing Together
  • Celebrate Norooz, the Persian New Year! Sunday, March 12, 2006: Norooz is the joyous festival of new life observed by Persians and the neighboring cultures of the Tajik, Afghan, Uzbek and Kurdish people. The Museum is proud to welcome the Silk Road Dance Company, whose dazzling performances feature elaborate costumes, beautiful stories and festive music. Families can make their own Norooz inspired crafts in the Make and Take Workshop and create drawings in the Persian Galleries. Members from the local Persian community will be at the Museum presenting a display of the traditional New Year table and other Norooz traditions. Visitors can also explore The Arts of War and Peace: Persian Miniatures from the Collection, an installation that will feature a selection of illuminated manuscript pages by Persian artists dating from the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries.

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. Classes this season run from January to April, on weekdays and Saturdays, with prices ranging from $87.50 to $150. Membership discounts are available; for more information call (215) 684-7580.

Beginning January 10 at 10 am, you may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks. To register by phone call (215) 235-SHOW (7469). A service fee ($2.50 for members, $3 for nonmembers) will be charged for all phone registrations; there is no fee to register at the Museum. For a full schedule of classes, visit the Division of Education 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 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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