Through our website, newsletter, and alumni quarterly, The Sachs Program highlights events, performances, exhibitions, and other forms of public engagement on and off campus. Most of what we list is neither produced nor directly supported by The Sachs Program. Our intent is to point you to the great things happening at Penn and driven by Penn faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Penn is a destination for the arts. Happenings are what we think you should be experiencing now.
Wednesday 19 DecemberCrafternoons: Scrapbooking Groups
Looking for inspiration for your latest craft project? Perhaps you would like to cross-stitch a cuneiform tablet, but need a reference. Find creative inspiration with fellow craft-lovers Wednesday afternoons as the Penn Museum opens its doors to crafting groups and individual crafters alike.
Friday 21 DecemberMindfulness at the Museum
Join ICA for Mindfulness at the Museum: a series of drop-in sessions focused on mindfulness meditation to help us develop healthier minds and bodies, reduce stress, foster compassion, and increase our memory skills, among many other studied benefits. These free drop-in sessions are open to all. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration avilable through ICA's website.
Friday 21 DecemberFree at Noon
Every Friday at noon, WXPN brings live music to the air with the Free At Noon Concert series at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Wednesday 2 JanuaryA Home for Our Stuff: Building the Penn Museum
Associate Curator Ann Brownlee discusses the making of the Museum's building dating to the 1890s. The Penn Museum has been collecting "Great Stuff" for 130 years, and, from the start it has created Great Architecture to showcase its rich collections and to reflect rapidly changing thinking about object display. The story begins in the 1890s, when the Museum turned to a talented team of Philadelphia's young "Queen Anne" superstars-- Wilson Eyre, Frank Miles Day, Walter Cope, and John Stewardson--to create a master plan and begin construction of a vast new building that could never be filled and was never finished.
Sunday 13 JanuarySecond Sunday Culture Films
The Penn Museum’s seventh annual Second Sunday Culture Film Series, offered October through March (no December program), is held in collaboration with the Wolf Humanities Center’s 2018-2019 Forum on Stuff. This year the series celebrates creative use of archival film elements (actualities) to tell rich cultural stories born before the digital age. A facilitated discussion follows each screening. Free with Museum admission.
Thursday 7 FebruaryCrawl Out Thursdays
Are you into helping your fellow citizen? Do you like to socialize and dance? You’ll enjoy Penn Museum’s Crawl Out Thursdays. Rent parties developed during the Harlem Renaissance as a means for Black tenants in the area, often targets of discriminatory rent pricing as well as low wages, to make ends meet. In the collaborative tradition of 20th century rent parties, this co-sponsored happy hour is a chance to sip, dance and turn up for the benefit and love for a local organization. Come out, listen to some great music, meet friends old and new, and get down in support of good work!