• Tuesday , 27 June 2017

Museum’s Art Splash Opens in Unison with Creative Africa Exhibit

Photos, story by Lou Perri

Returning for its fourth year, Art Splash, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular summer family program, opened on July 1 in conjunction with Creative Africa, a season of five exhibitions of African art, both historic and contemporary, currently on view in the Perelman Building.

Spanning 10 weeks, Art Splash offers a dynamic set of programs focused on engaging families, including gallery explorations, hands-on workshops, guided tours, performances and family festivals. A special family friendly menu offered in the Perelman Café and a complimentary shuttle to bring visitors to and from the main building will be available through Labor Day, offering visitors of all ages a memorable visit to the museum this summer.

Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and CEO, notes, “We have long recognized the Museum’s potential as a place for creative play. Art Splash is our invitation to all families to share in this experience together. Since we initiated this program four years ago, it has grown substantially, enabling us to welcome more children and their caregivers each year. We are particularly pleased to have the continued support of PNC, which shares our goal of bringing communities together through the arts.”

In the Splash Studio, visitors can participate in projects that will change throughout the summer and explore themes such as Travel, Design, Build, Print, and Sculpt. Highlights include creating masks inspired by the Kota figures on display in the exhibition Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art, and designing colorful textiles similar to those featured in Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage.

Families can build paper structures based on the innovative projects as seen in The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community, and immerse themselves in his vibrant site-specific installation, Colorscape. Suspended from the Skylit Atrium ceiling, Colorscape offers a playful interactive environment, evocative of the sounds of daily life in Philadelphia as well as the architect’s home village of Gando in Burkina Faso.

Paula Fryland, PNC Regional President for Philadelphia, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey, said: “PNC aims to help local residents gain access to the arts, and to help arts organizations expand their audiences. We can think of no better fit for us than Art Splash at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”

“At Art Splash, we have something for everyone, big and small” said Emily Schreiner, The Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs. “Whether by joining a class or a hands-on workshop, or taking a relaxing stroller tour with baby in tow, kids of all ages can enjoy creative time together with their families and make discoveries along the way.”

Art Splash volunteers man the deskfor guests to sign in.

Art Splash volunteers (wo)man the desk for guests to sign in.

Timothy Rub greets visitors to Art Splash with the Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community, and immerse themselves in his vibrant site-specific installation, Colorscape. Suspended from the Skylit Atrium ceiling in the background.

Timothy Rub greets visitors to Art Splash with the Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community, and immerse themselves in his vibrant site-specific installation, Colorscape, suspended from the Skylit Atrium ceiling in the background.

Timothy Rub, Director and CEO, notes, "We have long recognized the Museum's potential as a place for creative play. Art Splash is our invitation to all families to share in this experience together.

Timothy Rub, Director and CEO, notes, “We have long recognized the museum’s potential as a place for creative play. Art Splash is our invitation to all families to share in this experience together.”

A young family takes advantage of the Art Splash program provided by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and PNC.

A young family takes advantage of the Art Splash program provided by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and PNC.

A young guest works on a Splash project.

A young guest works on a Splash project.

Vivienna Cowie Propy and her mother, Sherie Anne Cowie visit the exhibit Creative Africa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Vivienna Cowie Propy and her mother, Sherie Anne Cowie visit the exhibit Creative Africa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Creative Africa signage.

Creative Africa signage.

Welcoming guestst Art Splash are two Splash volunteers.

Welcoming guestst Art Splash are two Splash volunteers.

 "At Art Splash, we have something for everyone, big and small" said Emily Schreiner, The Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs. , center."Whether by joining a class or a hands-on workshop, or taking a relaxing stroller tour with baby in tow, kids of all ages can enjoy creative time together with their families and make discoveries along the way."

“At Art Splash, we have something for everyone, big and small,” said Emily Schreiner, The Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs, center.”Whether by joining a class or a hands-on workshop, or taking a relaxing stroller tour with baby in tow, kids of all ages can enjoy creative time together with their families and make discoveries along the way.”

Splashing away at Art Splash.

Splashing away at Art Splash.

Signage in the Kere eshibit.

Signage in the Kere eshibit.

The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community, and immerse themselves in his vibrant site-specific installation, Colorscape. Suspended from the Skylit Atrium ceiling,

The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community, and immerse themselves in his vibrant site-specific installation, Colorscape. Suspended from the Skylit Atrium ceiling,

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The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community, and immerse themselves in his vibrant site-specific installation, Colorscape. Suspended from the Skylit Atrium ceiling,

The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community, and immerse themselves in his vibrant site-specific installation, Colorscape. Suspended from the Skylit Atrium ceiling,

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The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community, and immerse themselves in his vibrant site-specific installation, Colorscape. Suspended from the Skylit Atrium ceiling, C

The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community, and immerse themselves in his vibrant site-specific installation, Colorscape, suspended from the Skylit Atrium ceiling.

Sherrie Anne Cowie and her husband, Joseph, view an exhibit in the textile section.

Sherrie Anne Cowie and her husband, Joseph, view an exhibit in the textile section.

Viivienna is in awe of fashion designs.

Viivienna is in awe of fashion designs.

Vlisco: African Fashions on a Global Stage.

Vlisco: African Fashions on a Global Stage.

Vivienna in awe of fashions

Vivienna in awe of fashions.

Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage exhibit.

Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage exhibit.

Vivienne is amazed at the dresses on display in Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage. Fabrics are from the Netherlands.

Vivienne is amazed at the dresses on display in Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage. Fabrics are from the Netherlands.

A ook at textiledesigns on display at Creative Africa.

A look at textile designs on display at Creative Africa.

Viewing a book of textile designs.

Viewing a book of textile designs.

Vivienne Cowie Propy and her mother, Sherie Anne Cowie visit the exhibit Creative Africa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They are in the textile section.

Vivienne Cowie Propy and her mother, Sherie Anne Cowie, visit the exhibit Creative Africa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They are in the textile section.

A cose up look at photographs in Creative Africa.

A close up look at photographs in Creative Africa.

They view some of the photographs in the exhibit.

They view some of the photographs in the exhibit.

Vivienna Cowie Propy and her mother, Sherie Anne Cowie visit the exhibit Creative Africa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They are viewing phootography section.

Vivienna Cowie Propy and her mother, Sherie Anne Cowie visit the exhibit Creative Africa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They are viewing photography section.

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