Association for Public Art

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.

The Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association) is the nation’s first private, nonprofit organization dedicated to integrating public art and urban planning. Founded in 1872, the Association commissions, preserves, promotes, and interprets a significant collection of public art in Philadelphia. With Center support, the Association for Public Art (aPA) launched Museum Without Walls™ in 2009, a program of audio “labels” for more than 60 works in the collection, accessible by cell phone. The Center also supported aPA’s follow-up efforts to engage audiences in online dialogues utilizing social media and smart phone technologies, and to develop strategies responding to advances in digital media. In 2015, aPA received Center support to commission internationally recognized artist Cai Guo-Qiang to create Fireflies, an interactive public artwork of 27 luminous, kinetic sculptures inspired by Chinese pedicycles.


Yancey considers whether arts organizations be expected to approach their businesses with the same degree of courage and creativity that they expect of presenting artists.

Grants & Grantees

Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre creates performance with a focus on devised work that often includes forays into pop culture, political satire, and the human condition.

Grants & Grantees

Hafez Javier Kotain is a percussionist and teacher, fluent in both Arab and Latin rhythms.

Grants & Grantees

This historical interpretation project compares domestic life in two centuries through the exploration of the 1767 and 1959 kitchens inside Cliveden’s historic Germantown mansion, revealing how architecture, design, and the technology of the times defined the experiences of those enslaved and in service and their relationships with the household’s family.

Dr. Doug Sanders discusses the history of plantation kitchens in urban and rural areas.

New works from composers Curt Cacioppo and Maurice Wright drew inspiration from the culture of Lenape Indians.

Grants & Grantees

Asian Arts Initiative, a multidisciplinary and community-based arts center in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, invested in new staffing and operations for its 24,000-square-foot facility.

Grants & Grantees

The Settlement Music School hired a consulting firm to conduct a search for a new executive director and oversee the transition process.

Asian Arts Initiative’s project to revitalize Pearl Street, an under-used alley behind its building in Philadelphia’s Chinatown North neighborhood, is featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In 2011, the award-winning writer, director, and actor became the Center’s first visiting artist. His residency functioned as a creative exchange between a working artist and the Center’s staff, constituents, and communities.

Grants & Grantees

Joseph Cashore is a puppeteer and a 1996 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Associate professor and coordinator of world music and ethnomusicology at San Diego State University, Kevin Delgado leads performance ensembles and labs on Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian music.