It wasn't quite like Night at the Museum . . . but TPS Mystery Day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art was extraordinary in its own right! Students (grades 1-8) and faculty hopped on yellow school buses and headed to the museum for the culminating activity of our yearlong all-school study of "What Is a Mystery?" There were two rotations, one starting at 10am and the other at 11:30; each had more than 200 students and faculty members!
Family Circles, each with about 15 students guided by a museum docent or educator, explored the mysteries behind some of the museum's paintings, sculptures, and architecture. The experience, crafted by our All-School Theme Committee and education staff at the museum, was an upfront and intimate experience with art. It was a thrill to watch our students engage so fully in the discussions and activities. We have some budding art historians and artists in our midsts!
Special thanks to TPS curriculum coordinator Emily Marston and to TPS parent Ah-Young, the museum's manager of school visits, for planning such a wonderful mystery day! (Photos by Marco Velis, Cecilia Genzlinger, and Virginia Friedman)