THE MANN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS LAUNCHES NEW FRONTIERS FESTIVAL INSPIRED BY NASA ASTRONAUT AND PHILADELPHIA NATIVE COL. GUION BLUFORD, JR.

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THE MANN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS LAUNCHES NEW FRONTIERS FESTIVAL INSPIRED BY NASA ASTRONAUT AND PHILADELPHIA NATIVE COL. GUION BLUFORD, JR.

Six-Month Series of Events Unites City’s Major Arts, Science & Community Organizations to Present Original Programming for All Ages

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 27, 2017) –  The Mann will mount its fourth consecutive festival this Spring titled New Frontiers: Launch, Explore, Discover.  The festival, which was announced today during a Black History Month celebration, will feature an inspiring collection of original, artistic programming linking the arts and sciences. New Frontiers is a six-month festival inspired by the 75th birthday of Colonel Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr., pioneering NASA astronaut, Philadelphia native and the first African American in space.

“Presenting curatorial festivals has become central to the Mann’s strategic vision as we work to reflect our commitment to artistic excellence, collaboration and community focus through unprecedented programming,” said Catherine M. Cahill, president and CEO of the Mann.  “This year’s festival presents an opportunity to not only join with many of our longstanding partners, but also to join with new partners of art and science to present exciting new programming that takes the Mann beyond our walls and into the community.”

Through a series of arts initiatives, signature performances and educational projects, audiences of all ages will be encouraged to learn about Bluford’s legacy, to take a greater interest in space exploration and its core subjects of math and science, and to embody in their everyday lives the daring ambition to launch, explore and discover. New Frontiers is presented by the Mann in partnership with NEWorks Productions.

For more info on New Frontiers, visit: http://manncenter.org/NewFrontiers

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