Explore the history of
the country's oldest tradition
HISTORY OF OUR MUSEUM
Situated in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Mummers Museum is a vibrant hub that celebrates the rich tradition of the Mummers Parade.
The Mummers Museum opened in 1976 as part of Philadelphia’s celebration of America’s Bicentennial. The Museum is dedicated to celebrating the tradition of Mummery in Philadelphia. Inside are costumes, oral histories, video and audio archives, and even an exhibit to teach anyone how to “strut.” Our collection brings you up close to the elaborate costumes and the captivating history behind the Mummers Parade.
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Biography (about the artist)
“My name is Nicky St Clair and I have autism. I was born on October 24th 1994 in Northeast Philadelphia Pennsylvania. My passion for drawing started at a very young age when I would watch a wide range of cartoons from the early days such as Dr. Seuss, Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon network, and even watching flash cartoons from the internet. However when I was 2 years old, my parents were shocked to find out that I was diagnosed with autism. It was tough for my parents to learn it at first because they had no idea what the future had for me so it was scary and unpredictable. But my parents stepped up and did what they could to help me learn how to communicate by bringing tutors to the house. In elementary school at the age of 7, it wasn’t very different. I didn’t have any friends to play with after school because it was hard for me to express myself and my emotions and I always threw a lot of temper tantrums because I couldn’t express what I wanted. But everyday I always enjoyed watching cartoons and never did I ever go a day without watching them. Plus the video games contributed to my inspiration as well. As I got older, I always dreamed of what it would be like to have my very own cartoon show and my own set of characters. So all the cartoons I watched over the years inspired me to create comics when I was 12 years old. Because I also love animation, I also decided to draw flipbooks during my early teenage years. But the problem was that it was still hard for me to talk to people. I still couldn’t make a full conversation and even though I had a teacher to teach me about social skills, I wasn’t able to implement them. So one day I made a flip book and decided to bring it to school to show it to my classmates. In return, I was given a lot of confidence and since then I started talking to more and more people that way by showing my flip books to different people. By the end of middle school, I was able to gain enough confidence to make some friends. When I got into high school at the age of 15, my passion for art grew bigger when I would bring a notebook with me every day to school and doodled during class. At this point in my autism phase, I started having a lot of good friends. But I was picked on alot in school for no reason and it was hard to deal with the people who even try to play with your head. Plus being the socially awkward kid in my friends group didnt help at all. But i still kept drawing no matter what to block the negativity and I still showed it off to the good people. By then i was able to make enough friends to learn more social skills from other people. I was even able to go out more towards the end of my high school career. When I graduated high school, my passion for art still carried on into the real world. I was just about 19 when I stepped into the real world and I found out that it was a really tough place and I really didn’t know what I wanted to do in life. But I still kept drawing everyday and eventually worked hard enough to create a series and book an art exibit for my artwork featuring the baseball teams called “the world series of autism”. Since displaying these posters to the public, I was reached out to do a speech in front of an autism organization called “the Camden County partnership for children”. Since the day of my speech, I realized that showing my work and my obsessions has helped me make friends and talk to many people over the years. It has made me more greatful for the people that were there for me and even those who were willing to be nice to me and to give me the environment to show my work to them. I also found a way to relate to other people with autism. So I volunteered to help another man with autism and became his mentor a couple months after. It was from there on out that I decided what I really wanted to do in life. To create art to receive the opportunity to be a mentor and to speak for those who struggle with autism as well to give back to those who gave me the help and support when I once needed it. With all my artwork from comics to flipbook animations to doodles to big autism poster drawings to sketches and colored prints that gave me confidence over the years, these are examples of the work along with my with passion for art and animation that will never die.”