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Free public art events on Saturdays at Fairmount Park

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Sculpture SaturdaysFall Family Fun at Fairmount

It’s finally fall! It’s time for pumpkin picking, raking leaves, Friday night football games, and best of all, the great family festivals and events taking place in Philadelphia. Well, you’d better add this family-friendly program to your list because it is definitely one you won’t want to miss. 

Engage your mind and visit Philadelphia’s famous Fairmount Park for Sculpture Saturdays by PNC Arts Alive this Saturday, October 9th, as well as Saturday, October 16th, starting at 10am and ending at 2pm. 

Sculpture SaturdaysBuilding on the association’s Museum Without Walls audio program, the event debuted on Saturday, September 25th, and will be continuing through every Saturday until October 16th. The Fairmount Park Art Association is offering this free innovative art event for all ages. 

Explore along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as the Fairmount Park Art Association transforms Aviator Park at 20th and the Parkway into an art classroom dream world for children ages 3-6. Children participants will receive a free sculpture booklet and art kit. Little ones can experiment in the sculpture workshop as artist and teacher, Diane Pieri, helps them create artwork inspired by sculptures around the city, including the Swann Memorial Fountain.

Located at Logan Square, Alexander Stirling Calder designed the Swann Memorial Fountain. Definitely a great piece for beginning sculptors to emulate, the fountain is considered to be one of the most beautiful spots in the city.

Sculpture Saturdays is also offering an iPod tour for older visitors. Participants can borrow an iPod Touch from Capriccio at Café Cret as they take a self-guided audio tour along the Parkway, beginning at 16th Street. Using the Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO mobile application, event-goers can get a real taste of Philadelphia artwork in a highly innovative way. The Museum Without Walls audio program invites the public to experience art through interpretive audio segments revealing the histories of 51 outdoor sculptures. 

Sculpture Saturdays is made possible by a special grant from PNC Arts Alive, a five-year, $5 million investment from the PNC Foundation that supports visual and performing arts groups. For more information on PNC Arts Alive, visit www.pncartsalive.com

Visit www.museumwithoutwallsaudio.org/sculpture-saturdays for more details about Sculpture Saturdays, or contact the Fairmount Park Art Association at (215) 546-7550 or e-mail audio@fpaa.org.

Jacalyn Clay loves to get her hands messy at Fairmount Park—bring on the clay. Contact her at jacalynclay@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/jacalynclay.