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PAFA Presents Over 30 Programs and Free Sunday Admission in Conjunction with Beyond The Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts

PAFA Presents Over 30 Programs and Free Sunday Admission

in Conjunction with Beyond The Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts

PHILADELPHIA (February 6, 2014) – In conjunction with the special exhibition, Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) presents a wide range of public programs for adults, children and families through April 6, 2014.

Thanks to generous sponsorship by PECO, PAFA is also offering free museum admission on Sundays through April 6, 2014. Please see full list of programs below.


February 8, 3-6 p.m.

$20/general admission; $10/members; seating is limited.

Four nationally-renowned innovators in art as a social practice come together in Philadelphia to present their work for one night only. In a series of TED-style presentations, they’ll inspire you to reimagine what art can look like when whole communities get involved. Presenters include:

  • Mark Allen, Founder of the Machine Project (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Mural Arts Program (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Rick Lowe, Founder of Project Row Houses (Houston, TX)
  • Nato Thompson, Curator at Creative Time (New York, NY)


April 2 at 6 p.m.

Free with registration.

muraLab is the Mural Arts Program’s experimental creativity hub for investigating muralism in the twenty-first century. During Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts, a muraLab program will take place inside the exhibition to explore art as a social practice:

April 2: Temporary Services

Temporary Services (Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin, and Marc Fischer) produce exhibitions, publications, public interventions, events, and other projects in a socially engaged practice that purposely blurs the lines between artist, activist, and enthusiast. Currently, their Self-Reliance Library is installed in PAFA’s galleries as part of the Beyond the Paint exhibition.


Sunday, February 9, March 9 and March 16, 12-3 p.m.

Free. No reservation required.

  • February 9: Meet artist Ernel Martinez and participate in a group art-making project inside the Beyond the Paint exhibition.
  • March 9: Meet artist Eric Okdeh and participate in a group art-making project inside the Beyond the Paint exhibition.
  • March 16: Join artist Josh MacPhee and community members to screen print 3x4 foot broadsides by hand inside the Beyond the Paint exhibition..


Sunday, February 16, March 16 and March 30 at 2 p.m.

Free. No reservation required.

  • February 16: Mural Arts' Restored Spaces program presents current and past projects that help to cultivate a more sustainable ethos and strengthen community. Hear from Restored Spaces founder Shari Hersh and artists who work at the intersection of art and design and the environment, including Stacy Levy and Kaitlin Kylie Pomerantz.
  • March 16: Join the staff of PhillyRising for a series of breakout conversations about neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Their expert staff will help you articulate neighborhood problems and possible solutions as a community.

March 30: Mural Preservation and Restoration

The process of keeping murals looking their best is not an easy one. Meet the artists who undertake this task for a presentation of the before and after effects of restoring our city’s artistic treasures and a demonstration of their materials.


Sunday, February 9 and March 9 at 2 p.m.

Free. No reservation required.

Join us for screenings of films highlighting the impacts of art in unexpected and challenging ways.

  • February 9: Join us for a screening of Mothers of No Tomorrow, a film that provides an unparalleled narrative about violence from the vantage point of those that are impacted most, mothers in the African-American community. Executive Producer and Director Sixx King, as well as members of the community, will be on hand for a Q&A afterward.
  • March 9: Join us for a screening of Concrete, Steel and Paint, a film about crime, restoration and healing through mural making. Q&A to follow.


March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

  • 5:30 p.m.: Special Ticket: $40/general admission; $30/members
  • 6:30 p.m. Free with a registration

Celebrate the release of Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30 published by Temple University Press. Through six essays and visual documentation, the book documents the growth of Mural Arts in scale, practice and engagement over thirty years. Cynthia Weiss, renowned art educator and essay contributor to the book, will give a keynote presentation at the preview followed by a light reception and book signing by Mural Arts Executive Director Jane Golden.

A limited number of tickets are available for a pre-event tour of the exhibition Beyond the Paint with Jane Golden and PAFA Museum Director Harry Philbrick. A free copy of the book comes with this special ticket.


March 6, 6-9 p.m.

$10 in advance; $15 at the door (based on availability); free for members

Show your Philadelphia pride in PAFA’s galleries while exploring the Beyond the Paint exhibition, and share your own Philadelphia story at a First Person Arts Story Slam. Philly-inspired food and specialty cocktails will make this the block party of the year!


Sunday, March 2 and April 2, 12-2 p.m.

$25/person; $15/Individual and Family level  members; free for Friend level members and above

Visit some of Philadelphia’s greatest mural achievements with expert muralists and guides.         

  • March 2: Join PAFA alum and muralist extraordinaire Dave McShane for a tour of his work around the city, including some of the most admired sports murals in town.
  • April 6: Join expert muralist Meg Saligman for a tour of her work around the city, including beloved murals like Common Threads and Philadelphia Muses.


Sunday, February 9, 1-2 p.m.

$10/family; free for members

Explore the Beyond the Paint exhibition during this guided, interactive tour for the whole family. All ages welcome.


March 14-18 and April 14-18, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$55/day; $50/day for members; $20/day for after-camp

Calling all young artists, ages 5-12! Spring Camp offers week-long fun and creative experiences in conjunction with the special exhibition, Beyond the Paint. Students learn new skills, create artwork and make new friends. Spring Camp can be purchased by the day or the week, and post-camp sessions are available from 3-5:30 p.m. daily. Please visit PAFA’s website for activity details.


April 4

$8/person; $5/members; free for children ages 3 and under

A collaborative program between PAFA's School and Family Programs, each Homeschool Workshop consists of a 45-minute tour of the Beyond the Paint exhibition, and a 45-minute art-making activity.


Sundays in February, March and April, 12-2 p.m.

Free. No reservation required.

Family Arts Academy aims to strengthen initiatives in family development and art education. Whatever shape your family takes, you are welcome to learn about, create and celebrate art with us!

The exhibition’s Presenting Sponsor is The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation. Lead Corporate Sponsor: PECO. Funded in part by Julie and James Alexandre, Bowman Properties, Arthur Dantchik, Joe and Jane Goldblum, the Independence Foundation, PTS Foundation, and the Wyncote Foundation. The catalogue is funded in part by a grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.


Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America's first School of Fine Arts and Museum. A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts presented by the President of the United States, PAFA is a recognized leader in Fine Arts education. Nearly every major American artist has taught, studied, or exhibited at PAFA. The institution's world-class collection of American art continues to grow and provides what only a few other art institutions in the world offer: the rare combination of an outstanding Museum and an extraordinary faculty known for its commitment to students and for the stature and quality of its artistic work.
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About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.