The Association for Public Art is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a series of special events this fall: a virtual speaker series that brings together thought-leaders to reflect on the challenges of stewardship, representation, race, gender and power, and walking tours of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that explore its art, architecture, history and landscape. All events are free with registration, with limited space for in-person tours. We hope you’ll join us!
This fall, we’re celebrating the Association for Public Art’s 150th anniversary as the nation’s first private, non-profit organization dedicated to the integration of public art and urban design. We’re marking this milestone year with an exciting guest speaker series and walking tours, plus the launch of a never-before-seen digital archive and a sculpture’s big return.
“Calder, Conservation, Craft Beer and Moore!” Docomomo Tour
Thursday, June 2, 2022
The Association for Public Art is leading a special public art tour for the Docomomo US National Symposium, taking place in Philadelphia from June 1-4. The tour concludes at one of Philadelphia’s leading craft brewers, Victory Brewing Co. Register today!
Free Concert Series in Maja Park for Jazz Appreciation Month
Four Saturday Afternoons: April 2nd, 16th, 23rd and 30th, 2022 • 1PM - 2:30PM
Enjoy four free concerts in Maja Park (Benjamin Franklin Parkway) on Saturday afternoons in April! Bring your own picnic and chair and enjoy jazz chamber music.
Join us Thursday, October 14th at 4PM for Public Art by Design – a free, virtual discussion with architects and landscape architects exploring their role in assisting artists to realize their vision for creating public artworks.
Degenerate Art? Gerhard Marcks: from Bauhaus and Nazi Germany to Philadelphia
Thursday, May 20th
FREE + VIRTUAL EVENT: Explore the life and times of the German artist Gerhard Marcks and his sculpture Maja (1942) – an important work that recently returned to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. With presentations by Dr. Arie Hartog, Director of the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus in Bremen, Germany, and Penny Balkin Bach, aPA’s Executive Director.
“OcTOURber” Public Art Virtual Tour in East Fairmount Park
Friday, October 9, 2020
Register for our free virtual lunchtime tour of select sculptures in East Fairmount Park, including Playing Angels and Sleeping Woman as part of Fairmount Park Conservancy’s OcTOURber series.
Nancy Baker Cahill: Augmented Reality, Activism, and Public Art
October 13, 2020
Register for this free virtual talk with artist Nancy Baker Cahill on October 13th for the 2020 DesignPhiladelphia Festival.
Virtual Tour: Art & Nature in the Centennial District
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Join us for a virtual lunchtime tour of two notable places in the Centennial District of West Fairmount Park: Concourse Lake and the Smith Memorial Arch.