On Sunday, August 24 from 10am-5pm, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) will continue “Macy’s Family Fun Days” with “Green Thumbs, Part 2.” A continuation of “Green Thumbs, Part One,” focused on farmers, farming, gardens and growing, Part 2 will look to fall’s upcoming harvest. Closing out AAMP’s urban farming exhibits, John Ficara “Distance Echoes: Black Farmers in America” and “Syd Carpenter: More Place of our Own,” featured programming at “Green Thumbs, Part 2” will include:
All Day: A “Sketching Sculptures” station in AAMP’s galleries. Families will hone their artistic skills, sketching the wood and steel sculptures of “More Places of Our Own.”
Noon-3pm: The Beyond Sustenance Plant Art Workshop. This free workshop, made possible by Beyond Sustenance’s Knight Foundation grant, allows children to create stationary stamps from dried flowers, plants, and assorted fruits and vegetables.
2- 4pm: Two West African Dance workshops, focused on dances of the harvest.
Each Macy’s Family Fun Day offers a large selection of activities tailored to monthly themes, including hands-on arts and crafts, storytelling, interaction with historical re-enactors, and dance and music workshops and performances. Rotating attractions include face-painting, caricatures, balloon animals, and displays of AAMP’s “Trailblazers to Freedom Traveling Trunks,” containing replica artifacts and documents, as well as touchscreen displays featuring video drawn from AAMP’s core exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776 – 1876.
Additionally, children can enjoy AAMP’s newly-launched Audacious Freedom Toy Cart and Reading Corner. Sponsored by The Links, Inc., the Audacious Freedom Toy Cart contains books and replica toys offering a glimpse into life for Philadelphia’s African Americans between 1776 and 1876.
“Macy’s Family Fun Days at AAMP” is free with museum admission. Due to exhibit de-installation in Galleries 3 and 4, AAMP will offer reduced admission to “Green Thumbs, Part 2” at $7 for adults and $5 for youth, students and seniors. AAMP members enjoy free admission year-round.
Saturday events will run 10am-5pm, and Sunday events noon-5 pm. Following August, Macy’s Family Fun Days at AAMP for 2014 are:
Saturday, September 27: Hola, Familia! Afro-Latino Connections will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in America, exploring Afro-Latino cultures and cultural expressions through music, art, language, etc.
Saturday, October 25: Masks and Masquerades, will use Halloween as a starting point to explore cultural uses of masks and masquerading.
Saturday, November 22: Afro-Native American Connection will observe Native American Heritage Month, exploring connections between African American and Native American cultures, including mixed ancestry.
Saturday, December 27 and Sunday, December 28: First Fruits of the Harvest will celebrate Kwanzaa by encouraging goal-setting for the year, strengthening self, family & community.
For more information on AAMP and Macy’s Family Fun Days, visit http://www.aampmuseum.org/ and follow @aampmuseum on Twitter.