GroundSwell and Penn Museum present Philadelphia READS Community Night
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Penn Museum, in cooperation with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s new grassroots advocacy initiative Groundswell, opens its doors Wednesday, April 10 from 5 to 8pm for a free Philadelphia READS Community Night and the official kick-off of a month-long children’s book drive to benefit Philadelphia communities by serving the teachers and children of our region.
Guests are encouraged to bring a gently used children’s book—suitable for pre-kindergarten through elementary school—to contribute to Philadelphia READS, a program which provides books and literacy resources to teachers in public, private and charter schools throughout the city of Philadelphia. Studies have shown that children who are not independent readers by the third grade are rarely able to catch up later on, so it's Philadelphia READS's mission to make sure Philadelphia's youngest and neediest children have the resources they need to become strong readers as early as possible.
A Night to Celebrate Reading
Penn Museum curators, collections keepers, and graduate students join in the celebration with gallery storytelling and hands-on activities.
The Museum has the world’s largest collection of ancient clay cuneiform tablets with Sumerian literature—featuring some of the earliest storytelling in the world. Irene Plantholt, Graduate Student, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, teaches guests how to write in ancient Sumerian on clay tablets, in a “first day of school” workshop at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 pm. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs workshops, where everyone can learn to write his or her own name in hieroglyphs, are offered by Allison Hedges, recent Penn MLA graduate in Ancient Studies, at 6:30 and 7:15 pm.
Guests can enjoy favorite stories from diverse cultures, presented by curators and keepers in the Museum’s related galleries: American Section Associate Curator Lucy Fowler Williams, at 5:00 pm; Egyptian Section Associate Curator Jennifer Wegner, at 5:30 pm; Near Eastern Section Assistant Curator Lauren Ristvet, at 6:00 pm; Mediterranean Section Associate Curator Ann Brownlee, at 6:30 pm; Physical Anthropology Curator Janet Monge at 7:00 pm; and American Section Keeper William Wierzbowski, at 7:30 pm.
Friend of GroundSwell Jan Michener of Arts Holding Hands and Hearts (AHHAH) will also lead an interactive poetry activity in the galleries; youth poets from ArtWell will perform throughout the evening; and Chisena Danza, Stone Depot Dance Lab and Jennifer Yackel and Dancers will collaborate to perform a dance work inspired by stories from literature and folklore.
Additional Book Drop-Off Points
The GroundSwell Philadelphia READS Book Drive is supported by multiple locations, and books are being collected from April 10, 2013, through Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12, 2013). Check hours at individual organizations before dropping off donations.
On the Penn campus:
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street - www.penn.museum
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3860 Walnut Street - www.pennpresents.org
Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34th Street - www.upenn.edu/ARG
Office of Community and Public Affairs, 133 South 36th Street, 5 fl - www.upenn.edu/ogca
In Center City:
Lobby of The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut Street - www.thephiladelphiabuilding.com
You may also mail donations to:
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance + GroundSwell
Attn: Alison Zeidman
1315 Walnut Street, Ste 732
Philadelphia, PA 19107
When & Where
GroundSwell is a grassroots movement to make the Philadelphia region a better place to live, work and play. Powered by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, GroundSwell unites the residents and organizations that are leveraging arts and culture, libraries, parks and public space to enhance the quality of life in our region.