Presented by aPA and the Preservation Alliance in celebration of National Historic Preservation Month, this springtime walking tour – “Public Art, Landmarks, and Transformations along the Schuylkill” – will cover the changes and development along the lower Schuylkill River and the industrialization that followed in historical landmarks, and public art spanning the early 18th to the mid-19th century.

Free and open to the public with reception to follow! Join us on December 13th at Moore College of Art and Design for a captivating look at the Association for Public Art’s contributions to the last 150 years of public art and urban design in Philadelphia. Illustrated through archival materials and photographs, this sweeping historical view will include early city planning, untold stories and projects, encounters with artists and more.

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.

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!

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.


Free Live Music Series: Mondays with Maja

Four Mondays: September 13th, 20th, and 27th and October 4th

Bring picnics, blankets and chairs! Enjoy four free concerts on Monday nights this fall in Maja Park, the newest park on the Parkway.

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.