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.


A contemporary restaging plan will be developed to showcase the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s 1947 Better Philadelphia Exhibition—a pivotal historic project that helped define the future of urban redevelopment.

Drexel’s Legacy Center worked with a diverse planning team to develop dynamic digital programming for teens that will explore issues of gender disparity and women’s history.

Grants & Grantees

Vox Populi is a member-run artist collective that presents exhibitions, performances, and other gallery talks, performances, lectures, and related events.

In anticipation of Marshall Allen’s performance at Ars Nova Workshop’s New Paths Festival, we’re pleased to share this article, originally published in Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World.

The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change will perform at a Liberian Community Gathering at Bartram’s Garden.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Executive director of Cliveden of the National Trust, a National Historic Landmark located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

Pew Fellow and visual artist Benjamin Volta leads an artmaking workshop as part of Historic Germantown’s ongoing Center-funded project Elephants on the Avenue.

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.

Grants & Grantees

Rafael Ferrer is a visual artist and a 1993 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

AP Gorny is a visual artist and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Glen Weldon is a writer and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Paul Ha is a museum director widely recognized for his support of influential artists early in their careers, and with raising the visibility of the organizations he heads.