MILLVILLE, NJ (August 27, 2019) – Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center is pleased to be a recipient of a prestigious PNC Arts Alive grant through the PNC Foundation to continue its popular “Family Days” series through September 2020! WheatonArts is one of only 31 organizations in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region to be selected for its bold thinking around increasing arts access and engagement. Thanks to the funding from this grant, “WheatonArts Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!” will continue to provide free admission to all visitors on select days, along with a variety of enhanced family programming including artist demonstrations, special exhibition tours, hands-on workshops, & children’s art activities.

“The success of PNC Arts Alive can be seen in its continued extension, as well as the addition of support for neighborhood arts and culture organizations,” said Joseph G. Meterchick, PNC Bank regional president for Philadelphia, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey. “With PNC Arts Alive-funded programming spanning more than a decade, we continue to see its benefits as our arts community grows and creates innovative exhibits and experiences reaching hundreds of thousands of people.”

Upcoming free admission Family Days include:

PAWS for Art, September 7 – Bring your family dogs to WheatonArts for a day of art and fun! Hosted in partnership with the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter, this outdoor event is held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Family Days, October 19 & 20 – Enjoy FREE admission to WheatonArts all day with enhanced programming, including the “Tools of the Trade” curatorial touch cart.

East Asian Autumn Festival, October 26 – Join us in the WheatonArts Event Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for this one-day celebration providing a vivid introduction to the unique Asian traditions associated with the Moon and Lantern Festivals of East Asia!

HalloWheaton, October 27 – Enjoy a FREE trick-or-treat event throughout the grounds at WheatonArts on October 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine.

Big Glass Blast, November 29 – Visit the WheatonArts Glass Studio from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to be amazed as our Big Glass Blast Team designs and creates elements for a LARGE-scale Cornucopia throughout the day. See how all the pieces come together during the 3:30 p.m. narrated demonstration!

Family Day, December 1 – Enjoy FREE admission to WheatonArts all day with enhanced programming, including creation stations and the “Tools of the Trade” curatorial touch cart.

Holiday Glass in the Studio, December 7 – Venture down to the WheatonArts Glass Studio to watch as our glass artists create holiday-themed glass objects, large and small throughout the day.

Family Day, December 8 – Enjoy FREE admission to WheatonArts all day with enhanced programming, including the “Tools of the Trade” curatorial touch cart.

See the full Family Days schedule and event details online at

To learn more about WheatonArts, call 1-800-998-4552 or 856-825-6800, or visit online at For more information on PNC Arts Alive and the grant recipients, visit

WheatonArts strives to ensure the accessibility of its exhibitions, events and programs to all persons with disabilities. Please provide two weeks notice for additional needs. Patrons with hearing and speech disabilities may contact WheatonArts through the New Jersey Relay Service (TRS) 800-852-7899 or by dialing 711.

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Cultural Trust. WheatonArts receives general operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Division of Cultural Affairs in the New Jersey Department of State, and is supported in part by the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.

About WheatonArts
With a history spanning nearly five decades, WheatonArts has earned regional, national and international recognition for its unique collections and programs. The Museum of American Glass, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, houses one of the most comprehensive collections of American glass in the country…from the first glass bottles made in America to celebrated works by Dale Chihuly and other contemporary artists who work in glass. Visitors experience the art of glassmaking, ceramics and flameworking in the Artists Studios. From April through December the Museum of American Glass and Gallery of Fine Craft present special exhibitions. WheatonArts also offers traditional and multi-cultural programs, classes, workshops, performances, and weekend festivals. The award-winning Museum Stores offer traditional and contemporary art and craft in all mediums.

About PNC Arts Alive
PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, multi-million dollar grant initiative of PNC and the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Now in its eleventh year, PNC Arts Alive challenges visual and performing arts organizations to put forth their best, most original thinking in expanding audience participation and engagement. A very prestigious grant, just over 30 organizations were selected in 2019–and this notably includes several first-time grantees, through a newly expanded PNC Arts Alive initiative designed to support smaller, community-based arts and cultural organizations whose programming directly benefits the neighborhoods in which they operate.