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Did you resolve to learn something new in the New Year? We can help with that. And if you additionally pledged to spend less money, well, then it’s a twofer!

During the Parkway’s centennial year in 2018, more than two dozen Community Conversations are planned, each intended to help us learn a little more about the stories of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. And the best part? They’re all free!

Community Conversations will take place at a museum, educational institution, attraction, residence or business on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, and will focus on a topic such as the Parkway’s history, neighborhoods, fountains, the famous Rocky steps, and more. Dates and times vary to make them accessible and convenient.

There are four Community Conversations planned in the coming weeks. Start planning now to join in on these fun, free events on the Parkway!

 

LOTS TO LOVE ABOUT THE PARKWAY

Irene Levy Baker, Author, “100 Things To Do In Philadelphia Before You Die”
6-8 pm, Thursday, March 8 (reception at 6 pm, talk and book signing at 7 pm)
Park Towne Place, 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Park Towne Place hosts author Irene Levy Baker, an expert on things to do in Philadelphia, who will highlight attractions to LOVE on and near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Whether you are a newcomer, transplant, or long-time Philadelphian, you’ll be entertained with stories and great ideas for what to see and do in the city. In fact, her many ideas about hidden gems and free things to do, as well as suggested itineraries for daters, families, empty nesters, and visiting family and friends, will help you build a bucket list for a long time to come. Her book also makes a great gift.

 

WINTER FOUNTAINS DESSERT RECEPTION AT THE GALLERIES AT MOORE

Parkway 100 Representatives and Association for Public Art Ambassadors
5-8 pm, Friday, February 16
Moore College of Art + Design, 1916 Race Street

Mix and mingle with art ambassadors from the Association for Public Art at a complimentary dessert reception held at Moore College of Art + Design.  The experts will be on hand to share insight into the Parkway 100 public art installation, Winter Fountains by Jennifer Steinkamp. The artist’s digital projections, inspired by Benjamin Franklin, appear on four illuminated domes on the Parkway, including one in Aviator Park just outside the front door of Moore. The installation continues through mid-March.

While at Moore, explore their current exhibitions:

 

“BUILDING THE CITY BEAUTIFUL” BOOK SIGNING

David Brownlee, Author, “Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum of Art”
2-3:30 pm, Monday, February 19, 2018
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Store, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The expert on all things Parkway, University of Pennsylvania Professor David Brownlee, has just re-released his Parkway history book, “Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” It debuted in 1989 as part of an exhibition on the Parkway, and David has updated it in honor of the Parkway’s centennial year. Stop by and meet him from 2-3:30 p.m. on Monday, February 19, at the Museum Store at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

THE WALLS THAT CONNECT US: HOW MURALS REFLECT THE CITY’S IDENTITY

Jane Golden, Mural Arts Philadelphia
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
12:30-1:30 pm, Sunday, March 4, 2018
Sponsored by the PFM Group.

Philadelphia is a city that boasts a wide variety of cultural assets—including one highly unusual and visual presence: its world-renowned collection of murals, maintained and stewarded by Mural Arts Philadelphia (MAP).  MAP celebrates the city's many neighborhoods and the communities in which citizens live and grow.

During this Parkway 100 program at the Barnes Foundation, Jane Golden, executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, will discuss the organization's community-based process for creating public art and how every aspect of the work—the artists, the stakeholders, and the audiences—fits into a larger discourse about Philadelphia's identity. Discover the ways Philadelphia's mural collection, much like the Parkway, connects all sides of the city, in times of joy, mourning, triumph, and struggle.

Admission is free as part of the Barnes Foundation's PECO Free First Sunday Family Day programming.