Public Program

Free & Reduced Admission Days

September 7, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

CollegeFest 2019

CollegeFest is Campus Philly’s all-day, totally-free festival in Dilworth Park (right next to City Hall!) featuring outdoor games, prizes, giveaways, pop-up performances, and FREE admission and transportation to Philly’s top museums.

Cost: Free with CollegeFest wristband

Location: Historic Landmark Building, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, Lenfest Plaza

Community Education

October 19, 2019 - 11:00am to December 14, 2019 - 1:00pm

Saturday Classes for Middle School Students: 2D Animation

This course will expose students to techniques and approaches to creating movement in a two-dimensional artistic space. Create various characters, storyboards and backgrounds in order to craft a unique hand-drawn animation. Work collaboratively with other students and shoot and edit traditional stop motion animations using professional level equipment and media. All materials provided.

Cost: $300 Non-Members/$255 Family Level Members

Location: Historic Landmark Building

Community Education

October 19, 2019 - 2:30pm to December 14, 2019 - 4:30pm

Saturday Classes for Middle School Students: Drawing for Comics

This course looks at the tools, materials, and techniques necessary to create sequential art. Learn about figure proportion, character design, facial expressions, and panel layout. Work on traditional bristol board and use digital comic technology to make your comics come to life. There will also be a supervised field trip to look at some exciting comics. All materials provided.

Cost: $300 Non-Members/$255 Family Level Members

Location: Connelly Foundation Community Education Center

Community Education

November 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

We are the Seeds: Panel and Performance

Join Urie Ridgeway (Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape), Paula Mirabal (Taos Pueblo), and Tailinh Agoyo (Narragansett) for a panel discussion focused on the importance of land and water to Indigenous people past and present.

Cost: $15 / Free for Members

Location: Rhoden Arts Center

Community Education

November 2, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Walking Tour: The Art of Ed Emshwiller and Bill Viola

Join PAFA Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton and Lightbox Film Center Chief Curator Jesse Pires for a tour of contemporary video artist Bill Viola’s Ocean Without a Shore and Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller

Cost: $15 / Free for PAFA and Lightbox Film Center Members

Location: Historic Landmark Building

Community Education

October 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Black Magic with Rashaad Newsome

Multidisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome will be in conversation with curator Jasmine Wahi about Newsome’s Black Magic, a project in two cities (Philadelphia/New York) that reflects on Blackness, gender, and futurity. Black Magic’s Philadelphia events include To Be Real, a multimedia exhibition at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center curated by Wahi that meditates on the contemporary magic and radical future of artificial intelligence.

Cost: Free / Registration required

Location: Rhoden Arts Center

Community Education

September 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Rebecca Rutstein: Convergence

Rebecca Rutstein’s new mural Convergence is a 60x100-foot mural on the Schuylkill River trail, created with Mural Arts Philadelphia. The mural celebrates the river and surrounding environment as it winds through Central Philadelphia, a fitting project for Rutstein, who is both an artist and an ocean explorer working at the intersection of art, science and technology. Rutstein will discuss how her art engages with her interests in geology, microbiology, and marine science, and her passion for forging a dialogue about environmental stewardship in the face of climate change.

Cost: Free with Registration

Location: Rhoden Art Center

Community Education

December 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Director’s Tour of the American Landscape

Join Brooke Davis Anderson, the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum, for an intimate look at PAFA’s major exhibition project From the Schuylkill to the Hudson and learn about the insights, surprising contexts and unanticipated questions that have been most compelling during this historic exhibition project.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Community Education

November 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Special Tour: We Drink the River

Where does our tap water come from? Where does our waste water go? Join the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center for a behind the scenes bus tour of the Philadelphia Water Department’s drinking water system. Learn how it’s connected to our rivers, including past and present-day infrastructure that brings us clean and safe drinking water every day.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Meet at Fairmount Water Works (640 Waterworks Drive)

Community Education

December 7, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Points of View Speaker Series: Public Dialogues: Landscapes Are Not Neutral

Landscapes show more than just the beauty of the natural environment – they also reveal the biases, agendas and historical problems of the times from which they come. This afternoon of expert talks seeks to acknowledge the missing stories and difficult narratives embedded in early American landscape traditions of representation, bringing to the foreground the role of native populations, women, and people of color during the early years of the American experiment.

Cost: $25 // $10 PAFA members and students

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Community Education

November 9, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Points of View Speaker Series: Stories of the River with Beth Kephart

The Schuylkill River has run through the dreams and ambitions of Philadelphia and her guests—the walkers, the rowers, the philosophers and politicians and scientists. Philadelphia-area writer Beth Kephart has been writing the river for more than a decade—in an “autobiography” called Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River, in Centennial-era novels, in works of journalism and in essays. Kephart will share river-rich scenes of her own before opening the conversation to participants to share river stories of their own.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Community Education

October 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Points of View Speaker Series: City Water, City Life

In City Water, City Life, historian and author Carl Smith explores the development of the first successful waterworks systems in Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago between the 1790s and the 1860s. Smith shows how the discussion, design, and use of waterworks reveal how Americans framed their conceptions of urban democracy and how they understood the natural and the built environment, individual health and the well-being of society, and the qualities of time and history. Smith is the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English & American Studies at Northwestern University. This program is presented with the Philadelphia Water Works.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Community Education

October 5, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Points of View Speaker Series: Andrea Wulf: The Invention of Nature

Andrea Wulf’s bestselling book The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World won literary awards and honors around the globe. Wulf tells the story of intrepid explorer Humboldt, the most famous naturalist of his day, who turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and whose writings inspired naturalists, poets, painters, and politicians. Upon the 250th anniversary of Humboldt’s birth, Wulf brings the “father of environmentalism” back to life and sheds light on his extraordinary contributions to our understanding of the natural world. This program is presented with The German Society of Philadelphia, whose commissioned sculpture of Humboldt is located on Martin Luther King Driver near Black Road in Philadelphia.

Cost: $20 General admission/ $10 PAFA and German Society Member

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Community Education

November 16, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

PAFA Performances: Swarthmore Early Music Ensemble

Critical Mass is a student-led vocal ensemble at Swarthmore College that performs music of the European Middle Ages and Renaissance. Driven by interest in the diversity of music spanning 800 years, past repertoire has included early polyphony, Italian madrigals, Byzantine chant, and the music of the German mystic, Hildegard of Bingen. Critical Mass brings a scholarly and imaginative lens to all its performances, researching historical practice and discovering how old music can still speak to listeners today.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Rotunda, Historic Landmark Building

Community Education

December 11, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Art at Noon: The Allure and Power of Shiny Objects: Liza Lou’s Bead-Encrusted Sculptures and Related Artworks

During the last quarter-century, American artists have produced powerful and seductive sculptures featuring brightly colored, nontraditional materials. These range from cross-stitched works by Elaine Reichek to Faith Ringgold’s story-quilts, mixed-media extravaganzas by Rina Banerjee, and the quirky three-dimensional still-lifes for which Liza Lou is known. This lavishly illustrated program with scholar Nancy Heller will focus on Lou, placing her work into its broader sociopolitical context, and explore how feminism, religion, and humor are expressed through the unlikely medium of colored glass beads.

Cost: Free to everyone. No reservation required.

Location: Rhoden Arts Center

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