Admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be Pay What You Wish on Monday, January 21, in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Throughout the day the Museum will host an Art and Service Workshop with a range of activities for all ages. This event is a unique and exciting way to give back to the greater Philadelphia community as part of a nationwide effort to honor Dr. King’s legacy through social action.
Visitors will have the opportunity to work with Museum educators to create greeting cards for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. The cards will be distributed with home-delivered meals provided by the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA). Museum goers will also be able to decorate confetti-filled eggs, or cascarones, in support of the Cascarones Por La Vida Fund. The Fund will auction the eggs and donate the proceeds to organizations that assist children living with HIV and AIDS. Also on the Day of Service, illustrator E. B. Lewis will read from Each Kindness, a children’s book written by Jacqueline Woodson promoting tolerance and understanding in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Lewis, who illustrated Each Kindness, will be available for a book signing following the reading.
This event marks the fifth year the Museum has partnered with Global Citizen as a workshop site for the Day of Service.
The Museum will be open on Monday, January 21, 2013, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Day of Service activities will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, with a book reading at 11:30 am.
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The Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) prepares and delivers meals and counsel to individuals at acute nutritional risk due to life-threatening illnesses. A small professional staff and 1,500 dedicated volunteers home-deliver more than 70,000 nutritious meals each month to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses, while dietitians promote wellness through nutrition education and counseling. Through these services, MANNA provides opportunities for caring people to extend loving support to families, friends, and neighbors.
Since 1992, the Cascarones Por La Vida Art Fund has been creating and selling hand-painted cascarones to assist families affected by HIV/AIDS. Proceeds are donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Circle of Care, and the S.T.A.R. program (Supportive Therapy for AIDS-Affected Relatives) at Episcopal Community Services.