Our mission is and will always be to teach art and the values that come with it. Due to the current circumstances and the need for social distancing, our current program offerings will be solely virtual, until further notice. Even though we can’t make beautiful art together in person, that doesn’t mean that our purpose of spreading impactful art lessons will stop. In fact, in some ways, a virtual setting can help us reach even more kids and families.
Exploring the amazing collection of Public Art that Philadelphia has to offer for free. In tough times art has the power to remind us that there are happier times ahead.
Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is an interactive program for Philadelphia’s public art. Listen to stories told by people from all walks of life who are directly connected to the sculptures. Use their interactive map and gallery to plan your next social distancing walk!
Kristin’s pick for this week is The Dream Garden (1914 – 1915).
This beautiful mosaic made of hundreds of thousands of iridescent glass pieces was the only collaboration between painter Maxfield Frederich Parrish and glass master Louis Comfort Tiffany. As a muralist, she misses collaborating in person with others these days but this breathtaking piece has the power to make her feel both large and small. Over the years, this work has helped her put things in perspective… and it is lit up at night so the beauty always shines.
- Many museums are opening up their doors digitally, some for the first time ever. Take advantage of these online experiences and make an art piece inspired by a famous artist.
- Paris’ Louvre Museum, The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the San Diego Museum of Art offer virtual tours.
- Google offers digital tours of more than 2,500 museums and galleries around the world, including New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.
- London’s National Gallery offers 10 separate Monet collection
- The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan is giving free public access to more than 200 art books from its digital archives until the museum reopens.
- New York City’s American Museum of Natural History is making its previously recorded tours of the museum halls available on Facebook Live every day at 2 p.m. (EST) throughout its closure. The virtual tours, which are led by museum guides, take viewers through collections in the museum’s Hall of African Mammals, Hall of the North American Forests, Hall of Meteorites, and more. You can access an in-depth collection of the museum’s educational materials, for both adults and children, on their website here.