November 19, 2006 marks the tenth anniversary of a family celebration that has become a tradition for many in the Philadelphia region. Presented by PNC Bank and co-chaired by Francie Ingersoll of Newtown Square and Amy Korman of Lower Gwynedd, the Enchanted Forest Family Party runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and is ideal for families with children ages 2 to 11 who would like to participate in a Museum benefit that, in turn, supports the Museum’s Division of Education and its community outreach efforts.
Families attending the Enchanted Family Forest Party assist the Museum’s award-winning Division of Education and its goal to ensure that all children who visit the Museum—more than 80,000 each year—have the opportunity to experience the wonders of art. The Museum Looks and Picture Books program brings thousands of children from local preschools and Head Start programs to the Museum annually, and in the past decade over 2,500 children’s books have been donated to the libraries of these centers through proceeds raised by the Enchanted Forest event. Funds raised also support studio art classes and school group tours of the Museum, as well as the children’s initiative at the Rodin Museum and two historic Fairmount Park Houses—Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove.
“The Enchanted Forest Family Party is an opportunity for Museum supporters to bring the entire family, while also making a contribution so that other children throughout the region can experience the wonder of the place,” said event co-chair Francie Ingersoll.
Enchanted Forest co-chair Amy Korman remarked, “This event is especially meaningful since it directly benefits those programs that reach out to our youngest audiences, from pre-schoolers to older students, whose first impression of the Museum can form a lifelong love of the arts and of learning.”
In addition to the hands-on activities are live performances by some of the area’s most dynamic family entertainers—including Main Stage performer John Cassidy, a Philadelphia-based comedian, magician, and balloon sculptor whose hilarious, off-beat brand of family-friendly humor has won him a major following. Also performing are Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band, whose energetic, infectious African- and South American-infused rhythms are sure to get the crowd up and dancing. Further entertainment is being provided by the whimsical, vaudeville-style troupe known as The Give and Take Jugglers, as well as magician Ed Schmitt. Families also have the opportunity to support the Museum by posing for a family photo taken by Dan Brody Photography or participating in the “Take a Spin” $10-Raffle.
This year a special guest is taking the event to new heights—six feet, seven inches, to be exact. Kyle Korver of the Philadelphia 76ers will share his artistic side with hundreds of families at the Enchanted Forest Family Party.
“I'm very excited about getting involved with the Enchanted Forest Family Party and the Philadelphia Museum of Art," Korver said. "I know from my own love of drawing and enjoying the work of other artists what a difference this kind of experience can make in a young person's life. I'm enthusiastic about helping a whole new audience discover and explore this amazing resource and destination.”
A native of Pella, Iowa, Korver was a visual communications major at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and has become a fan favorite in Philadelphia since being drafted by the 76ers in 2003. Korver has also gotten involved in community work, initiating “Kyle’s Coat Drive,” part of the 76ers Drive for Kids programs, which has collected over 2,200 winter coats over the past two years, all for donation to Operation Warm.
Tickets for the event are $50 for children and $85 for adults, and can be purchased by calling (215) 235-SHOW (7469) or visiting www.philamuseum.org. Discounts for Museum members and patron packages are also available.