6:37 PM / Wednesday August 5, 2020

16 Aug 2014

African American Museum in Philadelphia Urban Farming Exploration culminates with “Green Thumbs, Part 2” at Macy’s Family Fun Days, Aug. 24

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
August 16, 2014 Category: Local Posted by:

 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 and follow @aampmuseum on Twitter.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Sun Report

Police agencies pulling out of Democratic convention

July 31, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email MILWAUKEE (AP) — More than 100 police agencies are withdrawing from agreements to...


Toronto sets lineup, Regina King to debut Muhammad Ali film

July 31, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Actor-director Werner Herzog, left, and actress-director Regina King. The Toronto International...


NAACP Kicks Off 111th Annual Convention with Arts, Culture & Entertainment Festival

August 3, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email Washington, D.C. – The NAACP will kick off its 111th Annual Convention on Monday,...


A Millennial Voice: Vital Tonics

July 31, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email By Danaé Reid To the naked eye, Natalie Bustamante looks like your ordinary,...


How self-determination is changing elderly and disability care in the age of COVID-19

July 31, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT The threat of COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living facilities has...

Go With The-Flo

Cuba Gooding Jr. catches the Gov. Cuomo’s ire after being photographed with his mask down at charity event

July 31, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Cuba Gooding Jr. (Photo: Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock) By Florence Anthony...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff