More than 12 museums free for Philly teens
For its second consecutive year STAMP program will offer Philadelphia teen free admission to a vast variety of museums in the city.
The program will kick off with a free dance party for teens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. To RSVP click.
STAMP is available at no charge to teens ages 14-19 who live in the city of Philadelphia. Teens who are new to the program can register for the pass by visiting www.phillystamppass.org; any teen who enrolled last year and is still eligible for the program will be automatically mailed a new pass for Year 2 by September 1.
In 2013 over 11,000 teens signed up for the program. According to Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, STAMP has been an efficient tool for museums to diversify their audience and outreach to different communities. Last year 58 percent of STAMP passholders were African American or Latino, and 47 percent come from economically-disadvantaged households. The Cultural Alliance hopes to expand the program in future years until all arts and culture is free and accessible to Philadelphia’s high school students.
Starting Sept. 1, in addition to the original twelve museums, STAMP passholders will also get free admission to The Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and the Philadelphia History Museum.
“We are proud to continue to support STAMP as it moves into its second year,” say philanthropists Harvey and Virginia Kimmel. “The response by teens has been fantastic. It is important that we invest in the youth of Philadelphia, and STAMP reflects the cultural community’s collective effort to do so.”
Participating STAMP museums and cultural institutions:
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Eastern State Penitentiary
Fabric Workshop and Museum
The Franklin Institute
Institute of Contemporary Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
National Constitution Center
National Museum of American Jewish History
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia History Museum