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SEPTA Mobile Museum to travel in regular service throughout Philadelphia

Jerri Williams, Heather Redfern and Manuel McDonnell Smith
SEPTA Media Relations

SEPTA recently partnered with the award-winning non-profit Fresh Artists to create "Mobile Museum - Fresh Flowers Mini-Masterpieces," an unprecedented initiative to turn a SEPTA bus into a rolling art museum of floral themed children's art. Fresh Artists invited all K-12 children in public schools from Philadelphia, Norristown and Chester to adopt and interpret a famous floral still life from one of four Philadelphia art museums: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Woodmere Art Museum, The Barnes Foundation and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The artwork, inspired by these famous floral still life paintings, was designed to harmonize with the 2014 Philadelphia International Flower Show's "ARTiculture" theme celebrating the paintings of world-renowned artists. Thirty-three of the more than 350 entries sent in by area art teachers were selected for the Mobile Museum, which is covered inside and out with the colorful paintings. The bus premiered at the Flower Show and will travel in regular service throughout Philadelphia for the remainder of 2014. In addition to the Mobile Museum, all of the children's entries were displayed in art exhibition at SEPTA's Market East Station during the Flower Show.

More about Fresh Artists: Founded in 2008, Fresh Artists is an award-winning Philadelphia-based nonprofit that empowers young lives through art by engaging children as full partners in philanthropy, by widely exhibiting children's artwork in highly visible places, and by providing art supplies and innovative art programs to severely under-resourced public schools. Fresh Artists invites K-12 artists to donate high-resolution images of selected artwork, and then provides corporate or individual donors with gifts of high-quality reproductions of that art in exchange for financial contributions. The talent and generosity of more than 900 children has delivered the value of more than $350,000 in art supplies and programming to public schools. Fresh Artists' Print Studio provides large- format printing for under-resourced nonprofits while introducing disadvantaged teens to marketable job skills and potential careers in the creative economy. Reproductions of children's artwork have been installed in 250 corporate facilities throughout the country from Washington, DC, to Oregon including SAP, Yahoo's NYC headquarters, Comcast Corporation, Independence Blue Cross, Harvard School of Education, World Cafe Live, Yale University Children's Hospital, Drexel University, the Philadelphia Flower Show and filled more than 35 homeless and emergency shelters, soup kitchens and child abuse clinics with healing, hopeful children's art. Their collection of educational, intergenerational games showcasing children's art received the Oppenheim Gold Award for Best Toy of 2013 and were featured in "O" Magazine. For more information, visit www.freshartists.org.