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    WHAT S NEW at the African American Museum in Philadelphia... The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is celebrating Women s History Month 2003 with
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      WHAT'S NEW at the African American Museum in Philadelphia...

      The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is celebrating Women's History Month 2003 with two new exhibits and six culturally enriching and exciting events.  The African American Museum in Philadelphia is located in the heart of Philadelphia's historic district at 701 Arch Street.  With the unveiling of "Nurturing Spirits: A Survey of the Art of Albert Chong" on Friday, March 14, AAMP presents its first new gallery exhibit of 2003.  "Nurturing Spirits" introduces the work of internationally renowned artist, photographer and educator Albert Chong to the Philadelphia region.  The exhibit will survey the dynamic styles of Albert Chong and trace the artist's Chinese-African ancestry, which is also rooted in Jamaican history, culture and myth.  Also debuting this month--March 1st to be exact--is "In the Spirit of Woman," a photography exhibit featuring the work of Ming Smith (also of Chinese-African ancestry).

      Chong's work incorporates photography, constructed images and found objects.  In "Nurturing Spirits," Chong educates viewers by exploring Asian, African and Jamaican history, culture and myth.  He does this by creating a visual testament that celebrates universal themes such as the search for personal identity and cultural affirmation, as well as the importance of love, community, spirituality, family, music and art.  Specifically, the exhibit consists of 36 photographs that fall under one of five themes: Colored Still Life, Jamaican Portraits, Self Portraits, Music and Artists.

      The special events for the month are as follows:

      SATURDAY, MARCH 1 (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
      Marian Anderson Family Day & AAMP Members Appreciation Day

      Celebrate the life of Marian Anderson with Blanche Burton Lyles, of the Marian Anderson Historical Society.  Gallery talk, operatic performance and presentation.  Read along for children with storytelling.  Private members Appreciation Reception. AAMP Art - Hands on workshop for children. FREE FOR MEMBERS.
      (Bring a new member and receive a free gift.)
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      TUESDAY, MARCH 11 (1:00-2:30 PM)
      "The Price of a Child" - a "One Book - One Philadelphia" event

      Lorene Cary, the author of  "The Price of a Child" and "Black Ice," will speak about her novel, "The Price of a Child," and historical fiction.  This will take place in the George D. Behrakis Grand Hall of Creese Student Center on the campus of Drexel University, Chestnut near 32nd Street. Program is in conjunction with The City of Philadelphia's  "One Book - One Philadelphia" project. This event is jointly sponsored by The African American Museum of Philadelphia, Drexel University Writing Program, the Drexel University Honors Program, the Drexel University Program of African American Studies, and theCollege of Media Arts and Design. The event is  free of charge and open to the public.
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      SATURDAY, MARCH 15 (11:00 AM- 4:00 PM)
      Women's "HERSTORY"  Month Family Day--Mothers,  Daughters, Sisters & Girlfriends Appreciation Day

      --"Sista Circle:"  Panel discussion and forum for women on the move, discussing their lives, their challenges, and their triumphs featuring members from historic African American women's organizations.

      --Artistic Visions  Gallery Talk  and Hands on Workshop for Children -  featuring Barbara Bullock , artist.  Experience the art through the eyes of the artist.  Interactive art activity for children.
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      THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (5:30-8:00 PM)
      "Unsung Heroes: Honoring Seasoned Women of Faith"

      An evening honoring Trudy Pitts,  jazz musician and educator; Blanche Burton Lyles, president and founder of the Marian Anderson Historical Society; Audrey Johnson-Thornton, president of American Woman's Heritage Society; Dr. Repsie Warren, founder and pastor of the Society for Helping Church for the Deaf and Hearing; Augusta Clark, former Philadelphia City Councilwoman; and Kitty  DeChavis, famed vocal exponent of the Hucklebuck.
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      MARCH 26 & 27 (6:00-9:00 PM)
      AAMP Annual Membership PHON-A-THON

      Staff and volunteers will devote two fun-filled evenings spreading the word about the benefits of museum membership.
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      SATURDAY, MARCH 29 (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
      "Her Eyes Were Watching God:" a tribute to Zora Neale Hurston

      In  conclusion of Women's History Month, AAMP honors the rich legacy of Zora Neale Hurston--writer, scholar and cultural anthropologist.  The day's activity will also explore the history of women of the African Diaspora as documentors of cultural and  artistic expression.

      Other Activities:
      --"Meet the Artist" workshop and Gallery Talk - featuring Ming Smith, photographer, artist, and creator of the "Women in the Spirit" photo exhibit on display in Museum auditorium

      --Artistic vision gallery talk and Hands on Workshop for children featuring Charles Burwell, one of the featured artists from "4 Artists of Distinction" exhibit
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      These special events, as well as all AAMP special events and education programs, are designed to re-establish and reinforce the AAMP's mission to collect, preserve and interpret the material and intellectual culture of African Americans in Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Americas.  Museum patrons who attend the special events on-site will also have an opportunity to view all current exhibits as part of their admission.

      The new exhibitions mentioned above join "4 Artists of Distinction" and "Dolls To Remember," exhibits nearing the end of their run.  "4 Artists of Distinction," which runs through April 20, 2003, is a fine art exhibition that presents new works by award winning, internationally renowned Philadelphia area artists Barbara Bullock, Charles Burwell, James Dupree, and Martina Johnson-Allen. "Dolls To Remember," also on display until April 20, 2003, features over 200 dolls from the Philadelphia Doll Museum and the Brown Sugar & Spice Collection of Dr. Regenia Perry.

      The various AAMP special events and educational activities that will take place throughout the year are open to the public, but either museum admission or a membership is required for museum admittance.  Regular AAMP admission is $6.00 for adults, and $4.00 for seniors, students and children ages 3-12.  Children under the age of 3 are admitted free of charge.  For a complete schedule or more information about the various upcoming special events, regular museum hours, or other AAMP programs and events, call (215) 574-0380 or go to the web site: http://www.aampmuseum.org


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