On January 20, Independence Charter School students, grades 3-8, and their parents had the unique opportunity to experience a live viewing of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater.
Students responded with enthusiasm and applause as Barack Obama was sworn in as the nation’s first African American President.
Independence Charter partnered with the Kimmel Center to arrange a private viewing of the inauguration because the school does not have an auditorium. “It was important for the students to see such a historic event together,“ said Independence Charter CEO Jurate Krokys.
Kimmel Center, Inc., a charitable, not-for-profit organization, owns, manages, supports and maintains The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center. Kimmel Center, Inc. also manages the Academy of Music, owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Academy of Music serve as home to eight Resident Company performing arts organizations, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, American Theater Arts for Youth, PHILADANCO, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops®. Kimmel Center, Inc.’s mission also includes arts in education, community outreach and a rich diversity of programming through its Kimmel Center Presents, sponsored by Citi and Broadway at the Academy series of performances.