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March 12th, 2007
Fleisher Art Memorial Presents "Street Flora"

The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial presents Street Flora: neighborhood window box exhibition and installation. The exhibition consists of painted window boxes produced by students at Annunciation and Meredith schools, two sites of Fleisher's Community Partnerships in the Arts program. When the exhibit ends, the thirty participating students will give one of their artist-made window boxes to someone in the neighborhood and retain one for their own home. The intent is to make links to the South Philadelphia area and bring color and plants to the street.

March 23 – April 14
Reception: March 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Gallery hours are 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, with additional hours 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday.

Admission to these events is free.

About the Community Partnerships in the Arts program
Formally established in 1997, the Community Partnerships in the Arts (CPA) program is dedicated to enriching children's lives and learning through arts education experiences in local schools and community settings. The arts provide a fertile environment for learning because they promote inquiry, experimentation, and application—the basic building blocks of education—and provide an active and positive means for children to process and re-express, in their own terms, their experiences of the world around them.

The Community Partnerships in the Arts program carries on Fleisher Art Memorial's commitment to reaching families who lack access to high quality arts education programs. Over 100 years ago, Fleisher began as an arts program within a South Philadelphia settlement house. Today they collaborate with local human services agencies (some of which evolved from local settlement houses), local public schools, community organizations, and professional artists in collaborations that draw on the unparalleled capacity of the arts to engage the hearts and minds of South Philadelphia's children and youth, while integrating their academic learning and social development.

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 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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