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Museum Donates “Inside Out” Art to Community Schools in Philadelphia

Today, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in a gathering of City, School District and Museum officials at the Edward Gideon School, announced the gift of a total of twenty-four high-quality, framed, large-scale reproductions of famous paintings from its collection to the William Cramp Elementary School, George Washington High School, Southwark School, and Edward Gideon School. In attendance to celebrate were Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, city and Museum officials including Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO and Gail Harrity, President and COO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

These images of masterpieces from the collection—many of them equal in size to the originals—were produced as part of the nationally-acclaimed Inside Out, an innovative community arts program funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The program enabled the Museum to partner with more than 60 neighborhoods and communities to blanket public spaces across the region with vivid reproductions of artwork from 2015 through 2017. The Museum has now offered the works to four community schools as a legacy of Inside Out. Each was given the opportunity to choose up to six of their favorite works, which ranged from Eduard Charlemont’s The Moorish Chief to Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, to place in school classrooms, hallways, and other meeting spaces.

Timothy Rub said: “Inside Out was a remarkable project that brought our collection to neighborhoods throughout the city and communities throughout region. We are proud to give it an extended life, here in the heart of Philadelphia, and especially for our city’s school children. This is the first true legacy program for Inside Out and we extend our continuing thanks to Knight Foundation, both for offering Inside Out to Philadelphia several years ago and for making these gifts possible today.”

Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, stated: “Our students thrive when schools provide creative outlets for them. The Philadelphia Museum of Art plays a crucial role in helping to connect our schools and communities to art, providing students and teachers a necessary foundation for cultural appreciation, self-discovery, and creative thinking. We deeply appreciate what the Museum and Knight have done for Gideon, Cramp Elementary, George Washington High, and Southwark today. The Museum maintains a long-abiding investment in our communities and in our K-12 schools. Not only are we benefitting from this today, and certainly when our students return in August, but future generations will benefit because that is what can happen when you invest in our students. It’s inspirational.”

Edward Gideon School Principal Shauneille Taylor added: “These are gifts that will keep on giving. Not only are we receiving beautiful works of art for our schools and receiving resources that enable us to teach our children about the works, we know that they can further enliven the school environment and offer lasting inspiration to the kids.”

Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement: “Community-driven programs like Inside Out show what is possible when we expose students to the arts and encourage them to explore their creativity. We are grateful to the Museum and to Knight Foundation for contributing to ensure that schools in Philadelphia have the support they need to succeed. Community schools in our city are already making a difference in our neighborhoods because they serve all members of the community. Every student deserves to learn in an environment that inspires learning, and every child should have access to the arts.”

In addition to the schools receiving works of art, communities that participated in Inside Out around Philadelphia will also receive reproductions, including the towns of Ambler, Brewerytown, Bristol, Conshohocken, Doylestown, Glenside, Lansdowne, Media, Narberth, Newtown, Norristown, Phoenixville, as well as Haddonfield, NJ.

Schools and their gifted works of art

Edward Gideon School
2817 West Glenwood Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19121

  • Moe Brooker, Present Futures, 2006
  • Eduard Charlemont, The Moorish Chief, 1878
  • Paul Klee, Fish Magic, 1925
  • Sarah Mary Taylor, “Hands Quilt”, 1980
  • Faith Ringgold, “Tar Beach 2” Quilt, 1992
  • Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers, 1888

William Cramp Elementary
3449 N Mascher St
Philadelphia, PA 19140

  • Unknown, Krishna and Radha, 1750
  • Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge/ Water Lily Pool, 1899
  • Rubens Peale, From Nature in the Garden, 1856
  • Jose Diego Rivera, Sugar Cane, 1931
  • Rebecca Savery Scattergood, Sunburst Quilt, 1839
  • Frits Thaulow, Water Mill, 1892

George Washington High School
10175 Bustleton Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 191116

  • Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, A Reading from Homer, 1885
  • Frantisek Kupka, Disks of Newton, 1912
  • Jacob Lawrence, The Libraries Are Appreciated, 1943
  • Charles Wilson Peale, Portrait of Yarrow Mamout, 1819
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Mademoiselle Legrand, 1875
  • Unknown, Gulshan-I ‘Ishq (Rose Garden of Love), 1743

Southwark School
1835 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

  • Paul Gauguin, The Sacred Mountain, 1892
  • Kano Hogai, Two Dragons (in Clouds), 1885
  • Katsushika Hokusai, Kirifuri Waterfall on Mount Kurokami, 1832, 1833
  • Claude Monet, Poplars on the Bank of the Epte River, 1891
  • Henri Rousseau, Carnival Evening, 1886
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge: The Dance, 1890

Inside Out was generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 2015-2017. Special thanks to H&G Sign Co. and Krain Outdoor Advertising for providing assistance with artwork reproductions, offering access throughout Philadelphia.

Inside Out in Philadelphia
Philadelphia was the third city to present this innovative program, thanks to Knight Foundation’s support. In 2015, participating communities included Ambler, Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy, East Passyunk, Fishtown/Kensington, Media, Newtown, Norristown, Wayne and West Chester, as well as Haddonfield, New Jersey. In 2016, the communities of Brewerytown, Bristol, Coatesville, Conshohocken, Doylestown, Jenkintown, Landsdowne, Narberth, Old City, Phonexville, Tacony, and Upper Darby participated. In 2017, Inside Out was in the neighborhoods of Brewerytown, East Passyunk, Glenside, Lansdowne, Manyunk, Media, Old City in PA, and Haddonfield, NJ.

About Inside Out
Inside Out was conceived by the Detroit Institute of the Arts as a way to engage the community in its collection, and has been in hundreds of locations and engaged thousands of residents. Knight Foundation, which believes that weaving the arts into the fabric of communities inspires the people who live there, is helping to continue the success of the project by funding the program around the country.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

Knight Foundation has supported the Philadelphia Museum of Art for more than four decades, most recently with the generous grant for Inside Out and for the exhibition Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp.

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