There are exciting new ways for parents and kids to experience the arts together in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Starting this summer, parents, grandparents and children can explore their inner artists and marvel at the creativity of professional artists through programs funded by the PNC Foundation through PNC Arts Alive.
Art Splash: Summer of Families
This three-month exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will transform the Perelman Building into a summer-long center for hands-on, intergenerational arts experiences where families will explore an abundance of artistic and cultural traditions. www.philamuseum.org
PNC Arts Alive Presents Wheaton Wide Open
This month-long open house at the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center offers free admission for all children and adults six days a week during the entire month of July 2013. Enhanced programming will include glass bubble blowing, guest artist demonstrations and hands-on workshops. www.wheatonarts.org
The Philadelphia Children's Film Festival
Presented by PNC Arts Alive, this is the first festival in Philadelphia dedicated solely to the presentation of film for children ages 3 - 18. The three-day festival by the Philadelphia Film Society will offer a variety of animated, live-action and experimental shorts and features. Thirty percent of tickets will be complimentary and distributed through partner organizations. www.filmadelphia.org
PAFA’s PNC Arts Alive Families Make Art
The program kicks off with a Family Arts Festival in Lenfest Plaza in October, 2013. Free art-making events continue in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ studios and at dozens of locations in underserved communities. The program ends with a PAFA gallery exhibition of artwork created by families. www.pafa.org
The family programs are part of PNC Arts Alive, a five-year, $5 million initiative of the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). The goal of PNC Arts Alive is to help area residents gain access to the arts and to help arts organizations expand and engage audiences.