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September 21st, 2012
Museum Hosts DJ Dance Party to Kick Off Annual College Day

Campus Philly’s College Day festivities will begin on Thursday, September 27, with a pep rally in Love Park. The following evening, as part of the Museum’s Art After 5 Friday evening program series, the Museum will host the Philadelphia DJ Dance Party, kicking off a weekend of cultural activities for area students. On Saturday, September 29, the Museum will offer free admission to the thousands of new and returning college and graduate students as they gather on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a day of music, food, art, free museum admission, and entertainment.

College Day Pep Rally
Thursday, September 27, 11:30 a.m., Love Park
Representatives from Campus Philly will welcome students at Thursday’s pep rally that includes an afternoon of live music, giveaways, and special guest appearances at Love Park. Students are invited to wear their school colors and join their favorite college mascots, pep squads, spirit groups, and friends.

Art After 5
Friday, September 28, 5:00 p.m.– midnight, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop, on view through November 25,celebrates the workshop’s recent donation of prints to the Museum and includes a striking variety of works exploring cultural identity, political and social issues, portraiture, landscape, and pure abstraction. Artists represented in the exhibition include John Biggers, Moe Brooker, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Joyce de Guatemala, Sam Gilliam, Mei-ling Hom, Jacob Landau, Ibrahim Miranda, Betye Saar, Kay WalkingStick, and Isaiah Zagar. Since its founding in 1972, the Brandywine Workshop has become an internationally recognized center for printmaking as well as a vital part of the Philadelphia community.

Philadelphia DJ Dance Party
Great Stair Hall
From 5:45 to 8:00 p.m., Philly-based DJ Phoenix will open the dance party spinning house, R&B, ambient, trip-hop, funk and jazz. From 8:00 p.m. to midnight, Rich Medina and The Marksmen will present Jump N Funk, a sonic and visual journey through Afrobeat, funk, soul, and house, influenced by the music of Fela Kuti.


Alter Gallery 176
The Philly Youth Poetry Movement will share literary expression from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m., followed by Spoken Soul 215 until 9:00 p.m. Spoken Soul 215 is a small collective of performing artists that hosts the interactive monthly open mic ”The Harvest” at World Cafe Live.

Lenfest Hall
Visitors can collaborate with Philadelphia’s own Pop artist Perry Milou to create an interactive masterwork. A four-by-eight-foot night cityscape will evoke the skyline as seen from the Museum steps as visitors add their own brushstrokes to this kinetic painted mural in progress.  

Throughout the Museum
Campus Philly will offer giveaways and insider tips on making the most of College Day on the Parkway.

Many of the galleries will remain open until midnight for a full exploration of exhibitions and the Museum’s collection. Student admission (with valid ID) is $14 until 8:00 p.m. After 8:00 p.m., admission is reduced to $10 for all guests.

College Day
Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m., Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Museum Hours: 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
The full-day welcome to students celebrates Philadelphia as a college town. It introduces students to the local sites, brands, and organizations that make Philadelphia a dynamic destination, place to live, and to attend school.

“College Day is the only event where thousands of local students from hundreds of area campuses come together in one place to meet each other and their Philadelphia,” says Cara Donaldson, Program Manager, Campus Philly. “Having great cultural institutions like the Philadelphia Museum of Art open their doors to these students for free is an invaluable way for Campus Philly to introduce them to all that Philadelphia has to offer, and inspire connections that will last beyond their college years.”

Students visiting the Museum on College Day can stroll through more than 200 galleries containing the an extraordinary collection including masterpieces by Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne to Constanin Brancusi and Marcel Duchamp, in addition to special exhibitions such as Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop. In the Museum’s Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, students can enjoy Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark, on view through October 28, which depicts the quintessential American high school experience, and Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and “The Life Line,” on view September 22–December 16, 2012, which explores the making and meaning of an iconic American image of rescue.

“Every year in which the Museum participates in Campus Philly’s College Day, we are increasingly aware of the city’s great fortune in hosting all of the students who greatly contribute to Philadelphia’s energy,” comments Marla Shoemaker, the Kathleen C. Sherrerd Senior Curator of Education. “The Museum always looks forward to College Day as there is nothing more exciting than introducing new students to all the Museum has to offer. It is our hope that students come to view the Museum as not only an extraordinary cultural institution, but also an inviting and exciting community space.”

For those interested in visiting the Museum year-round, discounted memberships are available for full-time students.

For the month of September, the Museum is offering a special Introductory Six-Month Student Membership for $20, valid from October 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.

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Museum Hours:
Main Building
Mondays: Closed*
Tuesday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday evenings: 10:00 a.m.–8:45 p.m.**

Perelman Building
Mondays: Closed*
Tuesday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday evenings: Closed

Rodin Museum
Tuesdays: Closed*
Wednesday–Monday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

*Holiday Hours
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the 4th of July
Open normal hours on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Presidents’ Day
Memorial Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
**Select galleries are open Friday evenings

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