Free Family Arts Festival on Lenfest Plaza


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PAFA Hosts Free Family Arts Festival on Lenfest Plaza


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PAFA Hosts Free Family Arts Festival on Lenfest Plaza

Sunday, October 6, 12-5 p.m. 

PHILADELPHIA (September 23, 2013) – The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) celebrates the arts with a free Family Arts Festival on Lenfest Plaza on Sunday, October 6, 12 noon to 5 p.m., presented by PNC Arts Alive. The festival will be held rain or shine.

The family-friendly afternoon will feature free admission to the Museum, live performances by Trinidelphia Jazz Quartet and Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy’s Choral Group, in addition to art-making stations, giant board games, and a family scavenger hunt.

Families will also have a chance to help make a one-of-a-kind, interactive installation with 7,000 cans donated by Campbell’s Soup to raise awareness and resources for Philabundance.

“The Family Arts Festival will be a joyful mix of hands-on activities and art-making for everyone to enjoy–both outside on Lenfest Plaza and inside the Museum, which will offer free admission during this special occasion. We are grateful to PNC for making it possible, and to Campbell’s Soup for their generosity,” says Harry Philbrick, PAFA’s Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum.

Other festival highlights include live animal drawing, a teacher resource table, face painting, balloon animals, Little Babies Ice Cream, and PAFA students sketching on Lenfest Plaza.

Family Arts Festival community partners include The Academy of Natural Sciences; Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation; Bartram’s Garden; Philabundance; and the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

The Family Arts Festival kicks off the 2013/14 season of free Family Arts Academyworkshops, held on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. inside PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building. Thanks to the support of PNC Arts Alive, these workshops will be free for all participants this season.

The 2013/14 season of Family Arts Academy features 30 art-making workshops that invite children and their families to create and celebrate art together, while making new friends. Each workshop focuses on a different theme, ranging from African American quilts, family totems, and origami, to Chinese paper lanterns, Mexican folk art, and live animal drawing.



Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America’s first School of Fine Arts and Museum. A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts presented by the President of the United States, PAFA is a recognized leader in Fine Arts education. Nearly every major American artist has taught, studied, or exhibited at PAFA. The institution’s world-class collection of American art continues to grow and provides what only a few other art institutions in the world offer: the rare combination of an outstanding Museum and an extraordinary faculty known for its commitment to students and for the stature and quality of its artistic work.


PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative of the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. 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.