Education programs at the African American Museum in Philadelphia focus on arts, culture and heritage education. They serve the needs and interests of students, educators, artists, historians, scholars, community organizations and the general public.
To engage and retain diverse audiences, the education department offers a diverse schedule of multidisciplinary public and educational programs that explore African forms of cultural expression and links to African Americans within the Philadelphia region and throughout the African Diaspora. Our lecture, music, dance and literary series and programs, film festivals, annual Sharing the Heritage days, theatrical and literary performances, hands-on demonstrations and workshops, storytelling, living history performances and other programs are designed to foster an appreciation for the variety of ways that thematic materials can be presented in order to support individual learning and participation.
In addition, programs are designed through the arts that are of social relevance to local communities. For example, our craft workshops are designed to foster competence and appreciation for the importance of studying cultural artifacts and cultural performances in African tradition. They reflect and perpetuate values, ideals and cultural identities of the communities that created them.
Our education programs are a vital link between the permanent and visiting collections and the many communities that we serve. On-going partnerships with schools and community organizations help to form the creation of interactive experiences. Browse through the list of programs that we offer below and be sure to check out our upcoming workshops, lectures, films, family events and other special programming on our calendar of events.
For more information call (215) 574-0380, ext. 226.
What's New in Education at AAMP?
AAMP Co-Presents The DREAM@50 Art Contest
K-12 students in ten cities are invited to submit artwork inspired by a word or phrase from Dr. King’s Dream Speech.
• Up to $10,000 in award prizes for the winning students and their teachers
• Awards ceremony honoring semifinalist winners
• Billboards and public-transportation PSAs featuring the winning artwork
• Exhibits of the semifinalist artwork throughout Philadelphia
The Dream@50 Art Contest aims to clarify the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement for students today, encourage creativity and collaboration in the classroom, and inspire participants to better both themselves and the world.
THE DREAM@50 Art Contest in Philadelphia is a co-presentation of the Philadelphia City School District in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, City of Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Education, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Art Education Association, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, African American Museum in Philadelphia, Brandywine Workshop, Woodmere Art Museum, and CBS Outdoor.
For more information, visit: http://thedreamat50.com
AAMP Launches Trailblazers to Freedom Traveling Trunk
The Trailblazers to Freedom Traveling Trunk uses video technology and replica artifacts to bring the museum directly into your classroom! Learn about the personal, professional and political lives of Octavius Valentine Catto and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, historical figures features in our core exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876. Learn more here.
Boston Children's Chorus learns African Dancing on East Coast Tour
The Boston Children's Chorus spent the afternoon at the African American Museum in Philadelphia during which they learned African Dancing and Song from Amma. Link...