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February 2nd, 2007
Museum Welcomes Families to Join in a Season of Celebrations


The Division of Education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites families to participate in an exciting array of Family and Children’s Programs this winter and spring. Presenting a series of cultural celebrations that includes hands-on workshops, performances, and kid-friendly gallery tours, this season’s events build upon the nationally recognized excellence of the Museum’s educational offerings. All Family and Children’s Programs are free after Museum admission, and pay-what-you-wish Sundays help make these festive occasions for learning about different cultures of the world accessible to a wide variety of community members.

In addition to these special family events, the Something Every Sunday program presents a regular schedule of family-oriented tours and activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year, including Drawing Together, which takes family members into the galleries where they create their own works, assisted by a professional artist; Early Bird Read and Look, which invites preschoolers and family to storytelling, followed by a related craft; and Tours for Tots, a gallery tour designed for preschoolers that features movement, play, and hands-on activities. For a full schedule, visit here or call for a brochure at (215) 684-7580.


Let's Celebrate Costumes!
Sunday, February 4, 2007

This special family event offers visitors the opportunity to meet artisans as they create lace and embroidery, see a knight in all his armor, discover what children wore in colonial America, and enjoy a kimono dressing demonstration. A performance by Kit’s Kaboodle will bring the history, customs, and clothes of the Renaissance to life, while a mask-making session led by members of the Kehillah of Center City will teach families about Purim, a Jewish holiday celebrated with costumes and storytelling. J.T. Waldman, creator of the graphic novel Megillat Esther, will also lead a special Purim-related workshop in which children ages 7 and up will create their very own mini comic book.

This event is cosponsored by the Kehillah of Center City, a project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Purim Mask-Making Workshops
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Make and Take Workshop
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Comic Book Workshop
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Costume Demonstrations
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Performance by Kit's Kaboodle
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Drawing Together
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Performance by Kit's Kaboodle
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Asian New Year Party
Sunday, February 25, 2007

The nationally renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will celebrate the Year of the Boar with a traditional dance and music performance. Other festivities include a demonstration of the art of paper cutting and a Make and Take Workshop in which participants will create Asian masks, fans, and other crafts. For those looking to be inspired by the Museum’s permanent collection, drawing stations will be set up throughout the galleries.

Paper Cutting Demonstration
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Make and Take Workshop
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Performance by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Drawing Together
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Performance by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Celebrate Norooz
Sunday, March 11, 2006

After last year’s overwhelming success, the annual celebration of Norooz, a joyous festival of new life observed by Persians and the Tajik, Afghan, Uzbek, and Kurdish people, returns to the Museum. Visitors are invited to witness the Sofreh Haft Sîn, the ceremonial table of the Persian New Year; watch the children's cartoon Babak & Friends: A First Norooz; or create Norooz-inspired crafts in the Make and Take Workshop. The Silk Road Dance Company will wrap up the day by dazzling visitors with their costumes, stories, and music.

This event is generously made possible by American Express.

Make and Take Workshop
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Presentation of the Sofreh Haft Sîn
10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Performance by the Silk Road Dance Company
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Babak and Friends: A First Norooz
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Drawing Together
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Performance by the Silk Road Dance Company
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.


Children’s Day: A Festival from Japan
Sunday, May 6, 2007

Families are invited to participate in Children’s Day, a holiday traditionally celebrated in Japan with events and activities honoring children. Children’s Day coincides with the opening week of Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran: Japanese Masters of the Brush, an exhibition that explores the work of a married couple from 18th-century Japan. Activities for the day will compliment this exhibition, by featuring performances by the Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company and a demonstration of the traditional art of calligraphy. Young artists will have a chance to create works of their own in a Make and Take Workshop or while drawing in the Asian art galleries.

Make and Take Workshop
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Artist Demonstration
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company Performance
11:30 a.m.
Drawing Together
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company Performance
1:30 p.m.

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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