Friday, March 5, 2010

The Franklin Institute: an amazing place to explore

There is a distinct and exhilarating quality with museums that indulges our sense of wonder and inspires our curiosity.   This feeling is what causes me to visit and revisit museums, and fuels my passion for arts and culture.  One of the best parts of my job is sharing my passion with Art-Reach members, and fostering an appreciation for the cultural richness of our region.  Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Franklin Institute with the Work Group, and I was overwhelmed by the students’ interest, energy, and passion for the museum’s collections. 

“You get to explore different things- it’s an exploration.” – Nina Morales, Work Group Student

Simply put, The Franklin Institute is an amazing place to explore. There are very few places in the world where you can navigate the atriums and ventricles of a gigantic heart, follow it up by riding a steam locomotive, and then gaze at the stars in the planetarium.  During their visit students from the Work Group explored the iconic heart and the jets in aviation, in addition to receiving hands-on education sessions from the museum’s docents on making paper and solving brain teasers.  By far, the group’s favorite exhibit was the interactive computer that projected what students would look like in the years to come.

“This is crazy- definitely interesting.” –Cop Lieu, Work Group Teacher

The Franklin Institute is a recent addition to the Art-Reach Arts Partner Roster; and we are thrilled to be working with them.  The Institute’s mission is to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning, and based on my observations of the Work Group, I think it’s safe to say that they are certainly fulfilling it.  If you are an Art-Reach member and you would like to visit the Franklin Institute, please submit a museum request form or contact the Art-Reach Programming Department at 215-568-2115 x4.


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