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October 20th, 2008
A is for Art Museum, P is for Party" on Nov. 15

Phillie Phanatic will join in festivities as families celebrate the launch of the Museum’s first children’s book, raise funds for Division of Education.

Families from throughout the region will head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday, November 15, for a spirited party celebrating the launch of A is for Art Museum — the Museum’s first children’s book. Known in years past as the Enchanted Forest Family Party, this year’s Every Family Party will include family-friendly music, performances, dancing, art projects, fun food and an alphabet hunt. It runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and is ideal for families with children ages two through 11. Proceeds will support the Museum’s early childhood education programs.

In keeping with A is for Art Museum — a playful alphabet book that takes preschoolers on a whirlwind A-to-Z tour through the Museum’s collection — the Every Family Party will reinforce children’s ABCs through art and alphabet-related activities. Children can explore 15 themed art stations that each celebrates a work of art highlighted in the book. In the Great Stair Hall, Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss — whose South Philly (Mattress Flip Front) illustrates the letter “J” in A is for Art Museum — will take photographs of leaping partygoers that will be projected on a large screen for all to see. Other stations will include make-and-take hats, pins and other crafts, music and educational presentations, and a large, furry polar bear — all inspired by images in the book.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Gallery 185 in the first-floor Modern and Contemporary galleries will become a cozy reading room, and local “celebrities” will stop by to read from children’s books. (Their names will be released closer to the event.) The evening will build to a crescendo at 7:30 p.m., when a four-person human sculpture group will form each letter of the alphabet as A is for Art Museum is read and projected on a large screen. Guests will also be invited to design their own letter-shaped cookies, choosing from a variety of toppings.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by calling (215) 235-SHOW (7469) or visiting

The Every Family Party is generously supported by PNC. Community outreach and corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. Sponsorship packages will allow the Museum to provide free event admission to students and families from the Museum’s community partners, or provide copies of A is for Art Museum to area pre-schools, community centers and libraries.

About A is for Art Museum

Penned by a pair of Museum educators and published in association with Temple University Press, this playful alphabet book takes preschoolers on a whirlwind A-to-Z tour through the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection. Over the course of 67 colorful pages, children can practice their ABCs while enhancing their powers of observation. They can also discover some of the Museum’s outstanding works of art, ranging from beloved favorites such as Edgar Degas’s bronze sculpture of a 14-year-old ballet dancer (“D is for Dancer”) to Takashi Murakami’s bright Anime-inspired cartoon creature (“Y is for Yellow”). Each image is accompanied by questions designed to get children thinking and talking about what they see.

A is for Art Museum by Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker
67 pages, 37 full-color illustrations, 8 ¼ x 8 ¼”
Cloth ISBN 978-0-87633-203-0, $16.95
Published: October 15, 2008

Party Basics
What: Every Family Party at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, celebrating the Museum’s new book, A is for Art Museum.

When: Saturday, November 15, 2008
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street


5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
15 letter activities / treasure hunt throughout
ground- and first-floor galleries

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
DJ spins kid-friendly tunes on main stage in Great Stair Hall

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Local celebrity readings in gallery 185

5:45 and 6:45 p.m.
Armor demonstration in gallery 155

6 - 7 p.m.
J is for Jump activity in Great Stair Hall

7:30 p.m.
Human sculpture performance of alphabet to A is for Art Museum reading

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Design-your-own letter cookies

Guests: Approx. 1,000 guests of all ages

Attire:“C is for comfortable attire” – dress to make art.

Committee Members:
Kelly Boyd
Jody and Andrew Brookman
Lisa and William Burnett
Michele Crystal and Joseph Macchione
Jacqueline and Mitchell Dickman
Kirstin and Jeffrey Engelman
Sonal and Manu Gambhir
Lisa and Michael Glassner
Amy and John Korman
Ana Maria Lenfest
Elie-Anne and Rudy Lewis
Nicole and Stephen Marshall
Melissa McAleenan
Carlene and Mark McCool
Corie Moskow
Gail Nelson Noisette
Alla and Adam Pasternack
Alicia and Jeff Payne
Rebecca Quinn-Wolf
Pamela and Ajay Raju
Emily and Richard Reiner
Marla and Rob Roshkoff
Pia and Shantanu RoyChowdhury
Leslie Saltzman
Shannon and Vincent Sanfilippo
Ann and David Winkowski

Social Media
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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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