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October 6th, 2000
Kids Can Blast-off to the Future at the Museum's Odyssey 2000, an Enchanted Evening for Families

The Associates of the Philadelphia Museum of Art invite you to Odyssey 2000, the 4th Annual Enchanted Forest Family Party, on Sunday, December 3, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Odyssey 2000 is a kid- friendly kick-off for the holiday season and celebration of all the mind- expanding masterpieces in the Museum's recently reopened Galleries of Modern and Contemporary Art. Performances, food, music, and surprises set off this futuristic night against a backdrop of age-appropriate activities and hands- on creative fun. The Enchanted Forest Family Party is ideal for young people ages 3 to 13 and, for the first time, there will be activities and entertainment exclusively for 10 to 13-year-olds. Tickets are $35 for children, $75 for adults. For more information, contact (215) 684-7315. All proceeds benefit children's educational programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Odds-on favorites for family fun at Odyssey 2000 include a multimedia game show, storytellers, puppets, 3-D theater, virtual reality, the interactive party-machine Mr. Roboto, the magical Silly Billy, mimes, tattoo and henna artists, fortune tellers, animation stations and sketch machines, music and dancing with deejay Steven Scott-and more! A children's menu of fun foods will be served in the Museum's Great Stair Hall.

Besides enjoying fun and games, everyone visiting "The Enchanted Forest" is invited to join in the spirit of the season by bringing new or gently used, unwrapped children's books that will be delivered to local charities.

The Galleries of Modern and Contemporary Art showcase one of the most important collections of 20th-century art in the world, embracing Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism, as well as provocative work of the last two decades. The galleries reopened on October 6, 2000, following seven months of comprehensive renovations.

Since 1969, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Associates Program has brought together individuals with a shared interest in the arts and a personal commitment to strengthening Philadelphia's cultural resources. Their active involvement and generosity have been vital to the continuing growth of the Museum. The Museum Associates' annual gifts provide unrestricted support to the Museum's general operations, including educational programs, research, and conservation.

Odyssey 2000 is organized and coordinated by event co-chairs Mary Gordon, Christina Weiss Lurie, and Randi Zemsky. Companies, foundations and individuals helping to make this year's Enchanted Forest Family Party memorable are:

  • Great Oaks Sponsors
    First Union Private Capital Management
    Goldman, Sachs & Co.
    The Philadelphia Eagles and The Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation
    Strauss Foundation
    Randi Zemsky and Jared Slipman
  • Evergreen Sponsors
    Anonymous
    Amerimar Enterprises, Inc.
    Kathy, Barry and Jayne Bernsten
    Mr. and Mrs. David Field
    Henkel Corporation
    Loews Philadelphia Hotel
    Quaker Chemical Corporation
    Wendy, Paul and Ali Rosen
    Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP
  • Sapling Sponsors
    Barbara, Jennifer and Courtney Brown
    Comcast Spectacor
    Jill and Tom Durovsik
    Barbara Eberlein and Dick Dilsheimer
    Mary, William and David Gordon
    Marla and Richard Green
    Lynne and Harold Honickman
    Kimberly, Wayne and Sabrina Kimmel
    The Lipson Family
    Nancy and Ben Shein
    Babs, Harvey and Juliette Snyder
    Noele, Alan and Nolan Wein
  • Seedling Sponsors
    Kathryn Ames and Joseph Roberts
    Ellen and Paul Bachow
    Anne and Matt Hamilton
    Marguerite Rodgers Ltd.
    Lisa Popowich and Jon Stein
    Barbara and Leonard Sylk
    Wilkie Lexus
  • Special thanks to the following for their generous support
    Abington Data Services
    Children's Boutique
    First Regional Robotics
    Carol Kauffman
    K'NEX
    Neiman Marcus
    Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group
    Philadanco-Philadelphia Dance Company
    Rob Babik

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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