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February 26th, 2010
Museum Stages Bus Shelter Poster Project with Local Middle-School Students

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to announce the Monday, March 1 installation of 12 imaginative posters created by students in the Museum’s Delphi After School Art Club. Inspired by this spring’s citywide arts festival, PHILAGRAFIKA 2010, which celebrates the graphic arts, the posters will be hung in bus shelters throughout the city and will each feature distinctive collaborative prints made by students from one of six Philadelphia public schools: Martha Washington Elementary School, Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School, Russell Byers Charter School, General Louis Wagner Middle School, William M. Meredith Elementary School, and Potter-Thomas Elementary School.

The posters will be on display in prominent bus shelter locations from March 1-14 (complete list of locations, below). More than 200 students participated in the community project, which is generously supported by Reliance Standard Insurance Company and the Delphi Project Foundation. The installation brings together works of art that help beautify the city and encourage the creativity of young artists. Some posters are inspired by the beauty of nature, depicting animals, flowers, floating leaves, and vegetation, while others present reflections on dreams and the city skyline bathed in pale blue moonlight.

“We are enormously proud of the students who take part in our Delphi After School Art Club, and of these creative posters, which the students worked on with their artist teachers as their community service project for the year,” said Marla Shoemaker, the Museum’s Senior Curator of Education. “We hope that these posters lift the spirits of the transit riders who come in contact with them, and that these inspiring images remind everyone of the potential our young people have to make the world a more beautiful place.”

Eventually the original student prints will be bestowed to each of the six schools, where they will hang in the hallways and become part of their permanent art collections. Several of the prints will also be exhibited in the west wing gallery of the main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia from February 15 to March 12, 2010, as part of Prints Link Philadelphia.

List of Bus Shelter Locations
1. A 4 Avenue of the Arts at NW corner of Locust St. outside of shelter
2. A 6 Avenue of the Arts at SE corner, inside of shelter
3. W7 Walnut and 7th streets, outside of shelter
4. W14 Walnut and Broad streets, outside of shelter
5. W19 Walnut and 19th streets, outside of shelter
6. C19 Chestnut and 19th streets, outside of shelter
7. C20 Chestnut and 20th streets, inside of shelter
8. M7b Mid-700 block, north side Market St. outside of shelter
9. M8b Mid-800 block, north side Market St. outside of shelter
10. M9b Mid-900 block, north side Market St. inside of shelter
11. M10e SW corner 10th and Market streets, inside of shelter
12. Southeast corner of 21st and Market streets, on Market, outside of shelter

About the Delphi After School Art Club at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Now in its twelfth year, the Delphi After School Art Club at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a comprehensive arts education program created for middle-school students. Six Philadelphia public schools participate, sending 40 students to once-a-week classes at the Museum during the fall and spring semesters. As part of these weekly classes, students learn about both the creative and academic aspects of arts education, seeking to become proficient in the academic standards for arts education as well as literacy. Specific components of the program focus on production, performance, and exhibition of art work, as well as the historical and cultural context of art in the Museum’s collections. Students develop critical responses to works of art and gain cultural exposure to the visual arts. The Delphi After School Art Club is supported by Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company and the Delphi Project Foundation.

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