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December 6th, 2002
Museum Programs Bring Art and World Culture to Children Through Crafts, Games, Performances, and Classes

From the comedy of mad-cap jugglers on January 5 to drawing sessions in the modern art galleries on April 27, the upcoming series of Family and Children’s Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers activities for many ages and interests. The Museum’s award-winning Division of Education presents art classes, children’s tours, interactive programs, and performances specifically designed to foster enriching and exciting experiences for families.

Each week throughout the year, the Something Every Sunday program invites children and their families to explore the galleries in engaging ways. Among the varied activities, craft demonstrations introduce kids to techniques of making armor, stained glass, masonry, and panel painting. This new medieval program (March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6 and 27) is led by Teen Docents, a dedicated group of young volunteers studying art and art history.

Upcoming performances by nationally recognized entertainers spotlight themes in art and culture. Museum teachers assist children in hands-on crafts that complement the performance:

  • The Gizmo Guys celebrate the art of movement through juggling demonstrations and humorous antics. Make and Take Workshop Activity: Flip books and jumping jack puppets (January 5).
  • With lavish silk banners, fans, and swords, the authentically clad Chinese Folk Dance Company takes youngsters on a magical journey from rural farmlands to the Imperial Palace, revealing the original meaning of many centuries-old traditions. Make and Take Workshop Activity: Chinese puppets and paper fans (January 19).
  • Child’s Play Touring Theatre from Chicago adapts international children’s poems and stories into vibrant song and dance performances. Make and Take Workshop Activity: Hand-made books for children to use for writing their own stories (February 2).

Museum admission is pay what you wish on Sundays. Family performances held in the Van Pelt Auditorium are at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for an additional $5 per person, $3 for Members (tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the program in the West Lobby). Family programs that include a studio session are an additional $3 for children, $2 for Member’s children. Make and Take Workshop activities are free on special event days. Parents attend all regular programs free.

Another highlight this spring, the Philadelphia International Kite Festival will kick off the 2003 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia. Museum educators will be on site at Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park to teach young people how to build their own colorful kites (April 5 and 6). Admission is free.

The Museum’s Division of Education also offers a variety of ten-week art courses for children ages 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 held on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Masterpieces in the Museum inspire children to create their own works of art and classes encourage creative thinking as well as observation skills. For additional information about enrolling in children’s art classes call (215) 684-7605. Open registration for spring art classes is Thursday, January 9, 2003, 5:15-6:30 p.m. in the West Lobby of the Museum. To register by phone, call (215) 235-SHOW.

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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