Event serves as a launch for the second year of the STAMP program.
Philadelphia, August 20, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter participated in an end-of-summer teen dance party hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Fun Safe Philly Summer and the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. The dance party served as the launch for the second year of STAMP: The Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Teen Program. The Students At Museums in Philly (STAMP) Pass offers free admission to participating cultural and educational venues during out-of-school hours.
“Throughout the summer, the City with the support of our many great partners works to ensure that our young people have access to free and low-cost programming at recreation centers, libraries, parks and museums across Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter. “This event and the STAMP program are great opportunities for our children to experience the arts and cultural institutions that make this City truly shine and, in turn, for these venues to engage a younger audience. I want to thank all of our partners for throwing this dance party and highlighting the importance of arts, culture and education.”
The dance party, hosted in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Starr Catering, was open to the public and attendees included STAMP Pass holders, youth engaged with PhillyRising and Department of Human Services-involved youth who volunteer with Fun Safe Philly Summer to educate local communities on the availability of summer meals.
“We were thrilled to kick-off the second year of STAMP in partnership with Fun Safe Philly Summer and the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy,” Michael Norris, Interim Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, said. “The success of the STAMP Pass program shows that Philadelphia teens across the city are eager for access to arts and culture, and looking for constructive, creative things to do in their out-of-school time. We applaud the Mayor and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy for recognizing arts and culture as a resource for young people to discover their passions and engage positively in their communities.”
Representatives of all STAMP Pass-affiliated museums attended the event to offer arts and crafts opportunities, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art which hosted projects on the theme “Medieval Worlds Castle Construction.”
“Access to the arts and arts education is a fantastic way that Philadelphia’s young people can stay active and engaged during the summer months,” stated Helen Haynes, the Chief Cultural Officer of the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. “We are working diligently to ensure that young people throughout the city connect with the rich diversity of our local arts and culture institutions.
Joseph Meade, Director of Government and External Affairs at the Philadelphia Art Museum, said, “The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Education program is a staple in the enrichment of young people in the City of Philadelphia. An investment in the Museum is an investment in education, and in particular it is a direct investment in the next generation of Philadelphia. It is very important for every young person to visit a museum, to reinforce and upgrade the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century. As a proud STAMP partner and a highlight on the Mayor’s list for Fun Safe Philly Summer; the Museum will continue to serve as a resource that provides the opportunity to be inspired, spur creativity, and ignite imagination.”
Fun Safe Philly Summer is an Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter, city-wide, partnered initiative to provide Philadelphia youth with programming and opportunities to stay active and engaged all summer long. To find, available programming, fun, free activities and a summer meal location near you, log on towww.funsafephillysumer.com or follow FSPS on Twitter @PhillySummer.
The mission of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is to support and promote arts, culture and the creative industries; and to develop partnerships and coordinate efforts that weave arts, culture and creativity into the economic and social fabric of the City. For more information, please visit http://creativephl.org/, https://www.facebook.com/creativephl and follow us on Twitter @CreativePHL.
Students who enroll in STAMP: The Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Teen Program receive the STAMP Pass, a card that they can present to get free out-of-school-time admission to some of the city’s top museums and cultural venues. The STAMP Pass is available at no charge to teens ages 14 to 19 who live in the city of Philadelphia. For more information, visit http://phillystamppass.org/.