Museum Rocked! during Winter Family Festival

Media Contact:
Megan Haddad
(610) 432-4333 extension 127
mhaddad [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org


For Immediate Release
March 28, 2012


Allentown, Pa— The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley rocked the day away during their annual Winter Family Festival on March 25, 2012.  Part of the Museum’s Free Sundays program, the Winter festival was also sponsored by Capital Blue Cross, with performance support provided by The Bessie S. Graham Music Fund.  

The Winter Family Festival: Shake Rattle and Roll was organized around the special exhibition, Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, currently on display at the Museum through May 13, 2012.  

“This family festival was fun because it really bridged generations,” says Family and Community Programs Coordinator Jessica Gauthier.  “Children had a blast dressing up and rocking out, while their parents got to relive their favorite moments in rock and roll history.”

Families flocked to the Museum for the Winter Festival, despite—or because of—the un-winter-like weather.  Over 800 children, parents and art lovers enjoyed a day full of workshops, exhibits and entertainment.

Dave Fry performed two shows in the Museum’s auditorium, educating the young crowd with fun songs about the history of music. Andy Svrecek, as an Elvis impersonator, kept the galleries lively as he danced and sang in his “blue suede shoes”.

Sweet and Sassy of the Lehigh Valley supported the AAM’s Winter Festival through a donation of their time.  Hip stylists arrived in style in the company’ signature pink limo to paint glitter tattoos and provide dress-up opportunities to young divas and rock stars in-training.  There were plenty of art activities and crafts in the Crayola Learning Center, including making swag bags and tambourines.  Parents and children got their pictures taken on the red carpet, posing like rock stars.


Related Programming:
For a full listing of children and family events at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, please call 610-432-4333, ext. 110 or visit

Stroller Tours
April 17, 2012
10-11 AM

New parents, grandparents and caregivers in need of a little adult conversation?  Join us for an engaging gallery tour with our friendly docents.  Young children and strollers are welcome!  Meet in SOTA foyer. Registration recommended.  For more information or to register please call 610-432-4333, ext. 132 or email education [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org.  FREE with Museum admission.
Also on May 15 and June 19.

Scouting Day of Discovery
April 28, 2012

Calling all Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Webelos! Come join the Allentown Art Museum on our fun filled Scouting Day of Discovery on Saturday, April 28, 2012! Earn requirements towards your artist activity badge and belt loop while creating your own artist sketchbook and cover as well as several other art projects. Find out all about sculpture, architecture, paintings and much more on this two hour exploration that includes the museum’s special exhibit: Who Shot Rock and Roll. Gather your den and your leader and start on the trail to the art museum today!  Morning Session: 9:30 to 11:30 AM (registration at 9 AM).  Afternoon Session: 1 to 3 PM (registration at 12:30 PM).  $12 per person (there is a $50 registration fee.)  Please contact 610-432-4333, ext. 138 or jgauthier [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org, with any questions you may have. 

Book Sale
May 17, 6—8 PM 
May 18-19, 11 AM—5 PM
May 20, 12—5 PM

The Allentown Art Museum is holding a sale of new and used duplicate books, some rare.  Subjects include American, European and Asian art, decorative arts, architecture, textiles, museum collections and more.  Books will be offered at greatly reduced prices.  Museum posters and many surprise items will be available—plus lots of freebies!  Proceeds benefit the Allentown Art Museum’s reference library.  For more information, please call 610-432-4333, ext. 131.

Just for Kids: Stitching Project!
June 27, 2012
1-3 PM

Learn to stitch in the style of embroidery called redwork!  You will make your own keepsake bookmark inspired by the special exhibition Flora and Fauna: Needlework Landscape. Your instructor, Eileen Gilliland, will show you how to handle the needle, hoop and red thread in your kit to work the simple outline stitches used in your bookmark.  A kit at a cost of $3.00 will be required for each student and can be purchased from Eileen on the day of the class.  Registration is required. For more information or to register please call 610-432-4333, ext. 132, or email education [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org.  $8 members, $12 non-members.