For ten weeks this summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will become a place where families can enjoy creative play together every day. Art Splash, now in its second year, will introduce children and adults to the Museum through a wide range of programs. Themed to ten important Museum masterpieces, from Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Eduard Charlemont’s The Moorish Chief to the Japanese teahouse, Art Splash will offer gallery explorations, hands-on studio art making, and performances.
Presented by PNC Arts Alive, Art Splash will begin at Art After 5 on Friday, June 27, with a Family Dance Party from 5:00 until 8:45 p.m. Grammy Award–winning musician Bakithi Kumalo, who has recorded and toured with Paul Simon, presents Keep the Beat!, which offers multilingual folk songs appealing to people of all ages. Over the weekend, the Sunflower Fest will celebrate van Gogh’s famous painting, and Seattle-based band Recess Monkeywill perform on Sunday, June 29, at 1:00 p.m.
Through September 1, families can drop in, pickup an Art Splash map, and discover activities in the galleries nearby each of the masterpieces. Twice-daily interactive tours both for younger and older children will be available. This summer will see the introduction of Gallery Games, with daily afternoon treasure hunts, sketching, and hands-on activities for 6–10 year olds, all led by Museum educators. The popular Early Bird Read and Look will invite visitors ages 3–5 to enjoy readings of gallery-related picture books and art projects on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Museum will also offer a program designed for babies and toddlers—Baby Bird Playdate will feature circle time and art walks on Tuesday and Friday mornings.
The Splash Studio, a family home base for art making inspired by the masterpieces, will be located on the Great Stair Hall Balcony on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays until 7:00 p.m. Visitors seeking to delve deeper can register for Family Art Workshops, in which adults and kids ages 6 and up will make art together.
Emily Schreiner, the Berton and Sallie Korman Associate Curator of Education for Family and Community Learning at the Museum, said, “Our goal is to give families a space to spend quality, creative time together. Art Splash allows the whole family to feel that they belong here at the Museum.”
Admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is always free for children 12 and under, and admission is Pay What You Wish on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 until 8:45 p.m. and on the first Sunday of every month.
Meet a different masterpiece every week:
June 27–29 (Opening Weekend): Splash into Summer
July 1–6: Red, White, and Glue
July 8–13: Arms and Armor
July 15–20: Wonderful Weavings
July 22–27: Art in the Garden
July 29–August 3: Mixed-Up Music
August 5–10: Mythological Mischief
August 12–17: Trip around the World
August 19–24: Medieval Worlds
August 26–September 1: Tea and Treasure
For more information about Art Splash, visit the website at http://philamuseum.org/artsplash.
About Art Splash:
Initiated in 2013 as a summer program series for children and families, Art Splash drew over 27,000 visitors from around the region in its first season, which was themed to exhibitions in the Perelman Building. This year, Art Splash has moved to the main building and focuses on masterpieces from the collection. In 2013 many visitors participated through a partnership between the Museum and the Free Library of Philadelphia, which allowed children to obtain free passes for family members upon completing their summer reading. This program is also in place for 2014.
Art Splash is presented by PNC Arts Alive. Additional generous support is provided by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sondra and Martin Landes, Jr., Jaimie and David Field, Elizabeth Kapnek Grenald, Mrs. Eugene W. Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Thalheimer, and John and Theresa Rollins. Family Celebrations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are supported by The Victory Foundation. [Credit line as of May 28, 2014.]
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays until 8:45 p.m.
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