09 NOVEMBER 2006, PHILADELPHIA, PA—The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology invites everyone to get into the spirit of the holiday season Sunday, December 3rd, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., when the Museum celebrates the 11th annual Peace Around the World. It’s a FREE joyous, family-oriented afternoon filled with theater in the galleries, international music and dancing, choir music by children and adults, magic, exotic face-painting, a family craft, free treats for children, and more! (Attendees can even take advantage of special reduced-rate parking in Penn Garage 7, Convention Avenue off South Street, when they validate their parking ticket at Penn Museum).
In the Lower Egyptian Gallery, the Barrymore Award-honored Vagabond Acting Troupe offers an interactive theater-in-the-gallery program, “The Trial of Akhenaten,” at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m. The Pharaoh Akhenaten, founder of the royal city of Amarna and recently deceased, is on trial by the ancient Egyptian gods in this original theatrical production, a perfect complement to the Museum’s new exhibition, “Amarna, Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun,” adjacent to the gallery.
Internationally recognized folksinger Daria (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou), performs at 2:30 in the Upper Egyptian Gallery. Daria has traveled around the world performing, studying and collecting music in 14 countries including Peru, Egypt, Israel, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Panama, Honduras and the former Soviet Union. She has recorded three children’s CDs, including “I HAVE A DREAM,” which was recently awarded a National Parenting Publications Honor Award as an Outstanding Resource For Children, and "BEAUTIFUL RAINBOW WORLD," her latest release.
There’s a little bit of Hype in the program as well, as the University of Pennsylvania’s own high energy, Indian Fusion Dance Group, offers a short performance in the Upper Egyptian Gallery at 2:00 p.m.
Regional school children join in the celebration, offering holiday-oriented choral music that fills the galleries and reverberates from the grand stairwell throughout the afternoon. Singers from the Episcopal Academy Middle School Singers, among others, lend their voices to the festivities. The adult 30th Street Postal Choir offers a grand choral finale at 4:00 p.m.
From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., the halls of the Museum host a colorful cast of characters with fun surprises for families. Artists from Peanutbutter’s face painting troupe transform faces with their sparkly and sophisticated face painting (first come, first served at this popular activity). Magician John Moran is also on hand, strolling through the Museum and impressing guests with feats of close-up magic. Visitors might even encounter one of Penn Museum’s five mascots—each with mask and costume inspired by famous artifacts in the collection and created by artist Tom Sonnenberg.
In the Chinese Rotunda, children under 12 can refuel between activities with a free cupcake and soda and families can work together to create a memorable snow globe holiday gift at special craft tables. Visitors can also sign up for “E-Musings,” Penn Museum’s free monthly e-newsletter, and be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate good for purchases in the Museum shops.
The three shops are joining in the festivities as well, offering 10% discounts on all purchases over $5.00 (20% off for Museum members). Shoppers will find a wealth of gift possibilities from around the world. The focus this year, in keeping with the Museum's "Year of Egypt," is on items reflecting Egypt, ancient and modern. Then, after a long day of entertainment and shopping, the family can head to the Museum Café to choose from the variety of hot entrees and holiday desserts available for purchase.
Peace Around the World, one of the Museum's multicultural family celebrations, is co-organized and supported by the Museum’s all-volunteer Women’s Committee.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located at 3260 South Streets on the Penn campus in Philadelphia, is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage. For general information, visitors may call (215) 898-4000, or visit the Museum’s award-winning website at http://www.penn.museum.