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November 4th, 2009
Worlds of Discovery at the Every Family Party November 14, 2009

Inspired by knights in the Armory, fountains trickling in the French Cloisters, and carved granite pillars in the Indian Temple hall, families attending the Every Family Party will be whisked away for a night to worlds unknown without leaving the Museum. Guests are invited to experience “A World of Discovery” on November 14 when children aided by their fiery imaginations will explore faraway destinations scattered across the 200-plus galleries that bring the world under one roof at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Family-friendly activities, music, dancing, food and performances will take place from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Museum’s Main Building. Tickets are $25, and proceeds from the event benefit the Museum’s Division of Education. Children age 2 and under are free.

The celebration of world cultures begins with the Camden, N.J.-based Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble, who enliven Lenfest Hall inside the West Entrance with African performances including song, dance, and percussion. The journey continues on the second floor, where children engage in games, art-making activities, music, dance, and storytelling, all tied into the wealth of the collections. In the Kienbusch Galleries for Arms and Armor, children can admire the imposing, newly acquired horse and man armors from the early Renaissance, then don a set of their own in Gallery 247.

Moving from stories of Round Table knights to tall tales in Gallery 262, performance artist Kyle Jakubowski draws on Dutch master paintings to offer up a host of interactive dramas for the kids. Nearby in Galleries 275-276, families can return to the United States, where Captain Meriwether Lewis tells tales wild but true of the famous expedition, begun in Philadelphia, with his partner William Clark in 1804.

Over in Asia, origami-making sets the tone in Gallery 235, while fan decorating is the rage in Gallery 239. Puppet-making is the thing in Gallery 229, inspired by the lovable elephant boy Dancing Ganesha, as represented by a remarkable Indian stone sculpture in nearby Gallery 231. While children receive temporary Henna tattoos, Penn Sagram, a large ensemble from the University of Pennsylvania, will play traditional Indian instruments, also in Gallery 224. Miss Bata leads children in a kimono demonstration in Gallery 225, showing them how to properly fasten and wear the celebrated old Japanese attire.

Making Music Together, an internationally recognized early childhood music program based on the idea that all children have musical talent, will hold forth with multi-cultural music and dance all evening in the Great Stair Hall. The evening will conclude with a finale performance by the Cape May Dance and Gymnastics Academy, featuring the New Jersey-based Pixies Mystère, a dance and contortionist group once hosted on “America’s Got Talent.”

The Every Family Party is presented by PNC Arts Alive, which is a 5-year, $5 million grant initiative of the PNC Foundation which supports innovative arts programming that engages audiences in new ways. Community outreach and corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available each year for the Every Family Party. Anyone attending the Every Family Party also has the opportunity to contribute toward a fund for community tickets, enabling children from our community groups to participate in the festivities by underwriting the cost of a ticket. Tickets can be purchased by calling (215) 235-SHOW (7469).

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