Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, which recognizes and honors the achievements and influences of Asian American and Pacific Islander Americans (AAPI) who have helped shape the culture and history of the United States.

On Saturday May 20, join us for a special day of programming that highlights the contributions of some of the amazing Philadelphia organizations that help celebrate, educate, and nourish our AAPI community.

All programming is included with your museum admission and takes place from noon – 4pm.

Featured Programming:

Curated Fashion Show with The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia featuring a special performance with Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra

Franklin Hall | 2:00 – 2:25 pm

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (AACCGP) was founded in 2012 for charitable and educational purposes to Asian American businesses and their community in the Philadelphia region. They work to promote and foster relationships among Asian and non-Asian Businesses along with build networks and achieve sustainable goals with other chambers to benefit multicultural communities.

Block Printing with the Asian Arts Initiative featuring artist, Mehgan Abdel-Moneim.  

Key Hallway | 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Asian Arts Initiative is a community-based arts center in Philadelphia that engages artists and everyday people to create art that explores the diverse experiences of Asian Americans, addresses our social context, and effects positive community change. Through exhibitions, performances, and community projects, we provide an inclusive gathering place for conversation and exchange of ideas. Our community-based arts initiatives seek out and cultivate innovative models for artists to engage with local communities, with a particular emphasis on working in partnership with our immediate neighborhood.

Your Brain: Behind the Scenes with Jayatri Das, Ph.D. 

The Giant Heart Exhibit | 1:00 – 2:00 pm

From growing up in the Philadelphia-area South Asian community to becoming Chief Bioscientist at The Franklin Institute, Jayatri Das has been curious about our world and ourselves. How do our brains work? How will new technologies change our future? As an awesome science communicator, she brings us all into the conversation! Join her to see real brain specimens, learn how to keep your brain sharp, and hear some inside stories of the Your Brain exhibit.

Performance by Modero

Franklin Hall | 12:30 – 1:00 pm

Founded in 2011 by Sinta Penyami Storms, Modero is a community-based dance company whose mission is to preserve the Indonesian culture through traditional dances and raise awareness of the Indonesian community’s contributions to the city of Philadelphia. Modero has been recognized to be the Indonesian culture torch bearer in the city of brotherly love and have performed at the World Festival of Families during the Papal Visit in September 2015, Philadelphia Philles games in 2015 and 2016, and other prestigious events.

Chemistry activity with Merck Asian Pacific Association (PA Chapter)

Key Hallway | 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Merck Asian Pacific Association (APA) is 1 of the 10 Employee Business Resource Groups at Merck that fosters a welcoming environment that encourages employees to grow, learn, lead, and give back by engaging in supportive communities. Currently with over 11 chapters globally, APA’s mission is to develop future leaders, build social community and be a valued business partner by effectively promoting and leveraging Asian diversity and providing business insights to drive our company's competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Invisible Ink Activity with PA Virtual Charter School

The Giant Heart Exhibit | 12:00 - 4:00 pm

PA Virtual helps students reach their potential. PA Virtual’s award-winning and innovative online school provides K-12 home-based, public education (tuition-free*) to students across Pennsylvania. As the top cyber charter school in Pennsylvania, teachers focus on individual students and an interactive learning experience.