September 14, 2010

I just spent this beautiful day in the sunshine at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard.  Do Development professionals have glamorous lives or what?  There was a wonderful and well-attended event at the Naval Surface Warfare Center for their employees.  They called this multicultural event “Diversity Through the Arts.”  The Penn Museum was one of only a few arts and cultural organizations invited to attend, and we had a great time promoting the Museum to the hundreds of employees there.

I was lucky to be accompanied by Dr. Stephen Phillips from our Egyptian section.  He brought along a few artifacts and his wealth of knowledge and had the crowds engrossed all afternoon, as you can see from the picture below.  The cool hat didn’t hurt either.

Dr. Stephen Phillips at the Naval War Surface Center event
Dr. Stephen Phillips talkin like an Egyptian

It was a perfect opportunity to introduce the Museum to hundreds of people who knew little to nothing about us.  Many of the employees have children, so we talked about the “40 Winks with the Sphinx” sleepover program and the “Adopt and Artifact” program and how it’s the perfect gift for the kid who has everything.

Everyone was excited about the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition opening in February.  However, after the excitement generated today by Dr. Phillips and Prema Deshmuhk from our Education Department, I have a feeling we will see a lot of these individuals before February.

Special thanks to Prema and Stephen for working tirelessly to make sure we’re no longer a “hidden gem!”