Association for Public Art’s Museum Without Walls in USA Today

The Association for Public Art’s Museum Without Walls AUDIO launch event at Philadelphia’s LOVE Park, June 10, 2010. Pictured: Robert Indiana, LOVE, 1976. Photo by Albert Yee.

In fall 2011, the Association for Public Art (aPA) was featured in USA Today Travel. The article made mention of aPA’s Museum Without Walls project, which received support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in 2009 and 2011.

USA Today wrote: “This group started in 1872 to integrate sculpture into the city, and is the main reason Philadelphia is now said to have more public art than any other city. Visitors can download MP3s or use a cellphone for tours of the city’s extensive sculpture collection, which is overseen by the association.” Read more >

The Center awarded aPA a grant in 2011 to build upon the successes of its Museum Without Walls program through the power of social media and smart phone technology. By using these platforms, aPA began engaging audiences by allowing them to record their own stories and experiences through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. While the initial program was a wonderful way to share the stories of aPA’s vast displays of public art, the addition to it has allowed visitors to enhance their experience by becoming part of the message and dialogue themselves.

What inspires our imaginations and catalyzes our creativity? As we bid farewell to 2014, we asked members of our cultural community to share something that inspired them this year.

Grants & Grantees

Musicopia brings music education into schools throughout the Philadelphia region, with over 100 teaching artists presenting over 700 programs each year.

Brooklyn-based performers Liftig and Cleary present an evening of performance rooted in comedic and ecstatic engagements of the everyday.

Grants & Grantees

McClodden’s interdisciplinary work traverses documentary film, experimental video, sculpture, and sound installations, to explore elements of race, familial histories, and social change.

Grants & Grantees

Historic Germantown is a collaborative of 15 historic houses, museums, and landscapes in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. The sites have worked together for decades, gradually building their collective capacity in both infrastructure and interpretation.

Pig Iron Theatre Company launched the School for Advanced Performance Training: a two-year certificate program for actors and directors.

Playwright Ain Gordon and Beth Twiss Houting of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania reflect on how Gordon’s immersive project An Artist Embedded in History has influenced their thinking and practices.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Bonnie Clearwater is director and chief curator at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, where she leads the development of exhibition programs and the expansion of education initiatives and public programming.

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University explored the potential of public performance to engage the community in a dialogue around disability issues.

The Center’s 2013 grant to the Johnson House, a National Historic Landmark and a major African-American historic site in Philadelphia, is featured in the Philadelphia Tribune.

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University was established in 1974 and works to advance the full societal inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Grants & Grantees

Opera Philadelphia presented the American premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s Phaedra (2007).