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The following is the calendar for the centennial celebration. For activities that continue beyond one month, the full description is listed at the first mention or click “see description above.”

December Events

Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, West Gallery, 1st Floor

Now through May 2018, Free

Between September 2017 and November 2018, all of Philadelphia will be celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since 1917, this grand avenue has connected Philadelphia’s City Hall with the entrance to Fairmount Park, linking the heart of our city to the natural wonders of Pennsylvania. The Free Library of Philadelphia is honoring our home on this historic boulevard along with our past and current neighbors by featuring photographs, artwork, and memories of the creation and use of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the last century. In this exhibition, we explore moments from the history of the Parkway, touching on examples of the art, faith, science, and community that reside together on Philadelphia’s grand corridor of culture.

Configuration: Nicholas Kripal

Park Towne Place, The North Tower Gallery

Now through Sunday, April 29, 2018, Free

InLiquid and Park Towne Place present Configuration, an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Nicolas Kripal. Kripal’s tightly conceptual sculptures contain layers of meaning expressed elegantly in seemingly simple and minimalist form. Throughout his career, Kripal was inspired by tools and objects from everyday life, such as hand tools and baking molds. His sculptures combined these forms into symmetrical clusters and stacks, altering color, and shifting scale.  The exhibition features artwork that relates collections of common objects to the history of the people who have lived in and around the Parkway area.

Moore College of Art & Design Fall 2017 Exhibitions presented in conjunction with CraftNOW

Moore College of Art & Design

Through Saturday, December 9; Event dates noted below.
All exhibitions, events, programs are free and open to the public.

  • Visionary Women: Ursula Von Rydingsvard & Andrea Baldeck

Exhibition celebrating the work of sculptor Von Rydingsvard and photographer Andrea Baldeck, presented in conjunction with Moore’s Visionary Woman Award.

  • Narrative Horizons

Narrative Horizons presents the work of three women—Kay Healy, Sophia Narrett and Erin M. Riley—whose contemporary studio practices are heavily influenced by traditions steeped in functional craft and the handmade. Presented in conjunction with CraftNOW—a citywide exhibition examining the fluid boundaries that exist around art, design and craft—this show considers how contemporary revivals of sewing, weaving and embroidery reflect the continuing feminist interest in historical technique and play a crucial role in helping these artists understand the past while addressing identity in the present and future.

  • Nick Lenker – Recreation: First Person

This exhibition addresses the complexities of dealing with identity and intimacy within virtual and digital spaces. Exploring voyeurism and performance of self, Philadelphia artist Nick Lenker uses hand-built ceramic objects, digital video and sound to transform the gallery into a narrative environment that tells the story of a character whose world is rendered through three-dimensional, digital modeling software and whose existence is the sum of the objects he collects through his journeys.

  • Bodyworks

Bodyworks is a festival of performances, workshops and collaborative projects that examine the body as both material and tool in contemporary performance. Incorporating practices of dance, theatre, costume and sound, this exhibition brings together a diverse group of Philadelphia artists who use their bodies to engage viewers with their craft and create new spaces for social action, dialogue and representation. Presented in conjunction with CraftNOW, the Levy Gallery will be transformed into a multi-use performance space that will host a robust calendar of performances and community events. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free & open to the public and will take place in The Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia.

 For more information and to see a complete calendar, including a number of partner events, visit thegalleriesatmoore.org/bodyworks.

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Through Monday, January 15, 2018
Special exhibition in Main Gallery, Museum admission

Take a rare and exciting look at dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos. Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies blends the arts and sciences in an astonishing array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from around the world, including examples from each of the major plant- and meat-eating dinosaur groups. Visitors can touch dinosaur fossils, play paleontologist and dig for dinosaur eggs, examine real dinosaur embryo skin and eggshells under magnification, get up close to a Protoceratops family, and much more.

Rodin’s The Kiss

Rodin Museum

Through January 2019, Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

Discover what passion looks like in the hands of a master sculptor. 2017 is the one hundredth anniversary of Auguste Rodin’s death. To mark the occasion, the Rodin Museum is taking part in worldwide celebrations of the artist’s work and legacy with special exhibitions and programs. This new installation explores the artist’s intimate and powerful depictions of romantic love.

Paul Cret and Dr. Barnes

The Barnes Foundation

Through Monday, March 12, 2018, No admission fee required to view the archival exhibition.

Paul Cret, who is the architect of many iconic buildings on the Parkway, was also the architect of the Barnes Foundation Gallery Building and Barnes’ residence in Merion, Pa. This exhibition will include photographs and letters in the Foundation’s archives between Barnes & Cret. Exhibition will be located on the Lower Level of the Foundation’s Parkway building.

Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Through February 19, 2018. Museum admission

In 1917 John G. Johnson, the most famous lawyer of his day, left his astonishing trove of European art to the city of Philadelphia. One hundred years later, we’re taking a look at one of this country’s most remarkable collections. Encounter treasures by the likes of Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt, and Monet – and see how we keep making new discoveries about the collection. In this exhibition, get a behind-the-scenes look at a living, breathing collection and experience first-hand how our understanding and appreciation of these works have evolved over the years.

Kiefer Rodin

The Barnes Foundation

Through Monday, March 12, 2018

An exhibition which features new work by renowned contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer, created in response to sculptures and drawings by Auguste Rodin, alongside sculptures and drawings by Rodin—some displayed in the U.S. for the first time. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Rodin. This exhibition will also “connect” with the collection housed at our neighboring institution, the Rodin Museum. This exhibition is being presented in cooperation with the Musee Rodin in Paris.

Winter Fountains for the Parkway (2017) by artist Jennifer Steinkamp

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sunset to midnight

through March 18, 2018, Free
Presented by the Parkway Council and commissioned by the Association for Public Art (aPA) for Parkway 100 in Philadelphia, with major support from the William Penn Foundation


A centerpiece exhibition will be the nearly four-month public art installation, Winter Fountains for the Parkway by Jennifer Steinkamp. This temporary public art installation will redefine the Benjamin Franklin Parkway after dark, illuminating its vast space and captivating the public as they transverse the Parkway at night. Winter Fountains for the Parkway draws on the collections of the Parkway's art and science institutions and the landmark fountains along the Parkway, as well as Benjamin Franklin's explorations into electricity. The result is four large-scale domes (13 feet high and 26 feet in diameter), glittery by day and glowing by night, which become projection surfaces for the artist's transformational and mesmerizing artwork. Weather permitting, snow that falls while the project is on view will create supplemental and stunning variations of the artist’s flowing video animations.

Jennifer Steinkamp is a world-renowned installation artist who works with video and new media to explore and share ideas about space, motion and perception. She has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California; the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; MassMoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; and now, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Her art has toured with the band U2. She is a professor in the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA, and lives and works in Los Angeles.

Major support has been provided by the William Penn Foundation, with additional support from the Association for Public Art, The Logan Hotel, and individual donors. In-kind support provided by Visit Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute.

Photo:© Jennifer Steinkamp, courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, Greengrassi, London.

City Hall: The Design and Architecture of The People’s Building

City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and The Athenaeum

Friday, December 4 through Friday, January 26, 2018, Free


Photo Image: Rendering by John McArthur, Jr. of final design of City Hall, 1884
(Courtesy of Athenaeum of Philadelphia)


As part of the centennial celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy in collaboration with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia presents an exhibition introducing a brief history and design of Philadelphia’s unique City Hall, the city’s largest work of art, and the iconic anchor to the diagonal thoroughfare from Center City to Fairmount Park - the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  The exhibition will begin with William Penn’s vision for Philadelphia and Center Square, present John McArthur, Jr’s Second Empire designs, and include some re-designs by Paul Phillipe Cret during the late 1920s.  Other elements include photographic reproductions, postcards, illustrations, and other artifacts from multiple collections.

Guest Co-curators:

  • Greta Greenberger, Retired Director of City Hall Tours, Independence Visitors Center
  • Bruce Laverty, Curator of Architecture, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Other partners and contributors:

  • Parkway Museums District and Parkway 100 partners
  • The Philadelphia History Museum at Atwater Kent
  • Vitetta Architects and Engineers
  • Marianna Thomas Architects
  • Barry Halkin
  • The City of Philadelphia Dept. of Records
  • The City of Philadelphia Dept. of Public Property

 

Handel's Messiah: Concert and Sing-a-long

Philadelphia Mormon Temple – Meetinghouse

Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17, 7 pm
Free admission

Experience the joy of the Christmas season by singing along (or just listening!) to the much beloved music of Handel's Messiah. A full chamber orchestra, as well as highly skilled soloists, accompany the choir in this Christmas classic. Come and raise your voice in celebration of the greatest gift ever given. Presented by an interfaith choir and orchestra.

Dino-mite Winter

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Wednesday through Saturday, December 27-30, All day, Free with museum admission

It may be cold outside but you can warm up in the Academy during Dino-mite Winter. Enjoy four days of special winter programming and learn all about why cold is hot. Come face-to-face with live cold-blooded creatures; make a winter-themed animal craft; enjoy educational shows featuring your favorite live animals; talk with Academy scientists; and view specimens from the Academy’s world-renowned research collection—including weird things in jars.

Community Conversation: City Hall: The Design and Architecture of The People’s Building

Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy

December 15th, 5-6 pm
City Hall room 116

Is that William Penn atop City Hall Tower?  Please join us for a gallery talk on December 15th to celebrate the Parkway’s Centennial, and learn about OACCE’s latest exhibition in partnership with The Athenaeum of Philadelphia: City Hall: The Design and Architecture of the People’s Building. This discussion is part of Parkway 100’s Community Conversations series, and will connect the Parkway’s first anchor, City Hall, to the thoroughfare to Fairmount Park, better known today as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. RSVP to Stephanie.Fuentes@phila.gov by December 14th.

Guests speakers will include co-curators:

Greta Greenberger, retired Director of City Hall Tours, Independent Visitors Center

Bruce Laverty, Curator, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Tu Huynh, Exhibitions Manager, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Winter Fountains Dessert Reception & Barnes Open House: Pop-Up Holiday Market

The Barnes Foundation

Friday, December 15
5:00 - 8:00 pm FREE

Experience Jennifer Steinkamp's 4-domed Winter Fountains exhibition along the Parkway, and stop by The Barnes Foundation for hot chocolate, cookies, art and shopping! During the Barnes’s second annual Open House: Pop-Up Holiday Market, there's free admission to the world-renowned Barnes collection and their special exhibition, Kiefer Rodin. Shop for funky apparel, artisanal goods, and handmade jewelry from local vendors. More info.

Specimen Spotlight: A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

through October 4, 2018


Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia celebrates the centennial of our version of the Champs-Élysées, the Academy presents A Peek at the Past, A Look at the Future, an intimate exhibit that illustrates a century of progress at the parkway’s first cultural institution and offers a glimpse of our future focus. Experience the dramatic changes to the museum’s architecture and exhibitions; explore scientific field expeditions; discover famous Academy members through the years, and see where the next century will take us.

Continuing Events

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Through Monday, January 15, 2018

Click to read description

Take a rare and exciting look at dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos. Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies blends the arts and sciences in an astonishing array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from around the world, including examples from each of the major plant- and meat-eating dinosaur groups. Visitors can touch dinosaur fossils, play paleontologist and dig for dinosaur eggs, examine real dinosaur embryo skin and eggshells under magnification, get up close to a Protoceratops family, and much more.

Rodin’s The Kiss

Rodin Museum

Through January 2019, Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

Click to read description

Discover what passion looks like in the hands of a master sculptor. 2017 is the one hundredth anniversary of Auguste Rodin’s death. To mark the occasion, the Rodin Museum is taking part in worldwide celebrations of the artist’s work and legacy with special exhibitions and programs. This new installation explores the artist’s intimate and powerful depictions of romantic love.

Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Through February 19, 2018. Museum admission

Click to read description

In 1917 John G. Johnson, the most famous lawyer of his day, left his astonishing trove of European art to the city of Philadelphia. One hundred years later, we’re taking a look at one of this country’s most remarkable collections. Encounter treasures by the likes of Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt, and Monet – and see how we keep making new discoveries about the collection. In this exhibition, get a behind-the-scenes look at a living, breathing collection and experience first-hand how our understanding and appreciation of these works have evolved over the years.

Paul Cret and Dr. Barnes

The Barnes Foundation

Through Monday, March 12, 2018, No admission fee required to view the archival exhibition.

Click to read description

Paul Cret, who is the architect of many iconic buildings on the Parkway, was also the architect of the Barnes Foundation Gallery Building and Barnes’ residence in Merion, Pa. This exhibition will include photographs and letters in the Foundation’s archives between Barnes & Cret. Exhibition will be located on the Lower Level of the Foundation’s Parkway building.

Kiefer Rodin

The Barnes Foundation

Through Monday, March 12, 2018

Click to read description

An exhibition which features new work by renowned contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer, created in response to sculptures and drawings by Auguste Rodin, alongside sculptures and drawings by Rodin—some displayed in the U.S. for the first time. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Rodin. This exhibition will also “connect” with the collection housed at our neighboring institution, the Rodin Museum. This exhibition is being presented in cooperation with the Musee Rodin in Paris.

Winter Fountains for the Parkway (2017) by artist Jennifer Steinkamp

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sunset to midnight

through March 18, 2018, Free

Click to read description


A centerpiece exhibition will be the nearly four-month public art installation, Winter Fountains for the Parkway by Jennifer Steinkamp. This temporary public art installation will redefine the Benjamin Franklin Parkway after dark, illuminating its vast space and captivating the public as they transverse the Parkway at night. Winter Fountains for the Parkway draws on the collections of the Parkway's art and science institutions and the landmark fountains along the Parkway, as well as Benjamin Franklin's explorations into electricity. The result is four large-scale domes (13 feet high and 26 feet in diameter), glittery by day and glowing by night, which become projection surfaces for the artist's transformational and mesmerizing artwork. Weather permitting, snow that falls while the project is on view will create supplemental and stunning variations of the artist’s flowing video animations.

Jennifer Steinkamp is a world-renowned installation artist who works with video and new media to explore and share ideas about space, motion and perception. She has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California; the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; MassMoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; and now, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Her art has toured with the band U2. She is a professor in the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA, and lives and works in Los Angeles.

Major support has been provided by the William Penn Foundation, with additional support from the Association for Public Art, The Logan Hotel, and individual donors. In-kind support provided by Visit Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute.

Photo:© Jennifer Steinkamp, courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, Greengrassi, London.

Configuration: Nicholas Kripal

Park Towne Place, The North Tower Gallery

Now through Sunday, April 29, 2018, Free

Click to read description

InLiquid and Park Towne Place present Configuration, an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Nicolas Kripal. Kripal’s tightly conceptual sculptures contain layers of meaning expressed elegantly in seemingly simple and minimalist form. Throughout his career, Kripal was inspired by tools and objects from everyday life, such as hand tools and baking molds. His sculptures combined these forms into symmetrical clusters and stacks, altering color, and shifting scale.  The exhibition features artwork that relates collections of common objects to the history of the people who have lived in and around the Parkway area.

Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, West Gallery, 1st Floor

Now through May 2018, Free

Click to read description

Between September 2017 and November 2018, all of Philadelphia will be celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since 1917, this grand avenue has connected Philadelphia’s City Hall with the entrance to Fairmount Park, linking the heart of our city to the natural wonders of Pennsylvania. The Free Library of Philadelphia is honoring our home on this historic boulevard along with our past and current neighbors by featuring photographs, artwork, and memories of the creation and use of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the last century. In this exhibition, we explore moments from the history of the Parkway, touching on examples of the art, faith, science, and community that reside together on Philadelphia’s grand corridor of culture.

Specimen Spotlight: A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

through October 4, 2018

Click to read description


Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia celebrates the centennial of our version of the Champs-Élysées, the Academy presents A Peek at the Past, A Look at the Future, an intimate exhibit that illustrates a century of progress at the parkway’s first cultural institution and offers a glimpse of our future focus. Experience the dramatic changes to the museum’s architecture and exhibitions; explore scientific field expeditions; discover famous Academy members through the years, and see where the next century will take us.

January Events

Moore College of Art & Design Winter 2018 Exhibitions Opening Reception

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

January 19, 2018

Opening night for winter exhibitions. 5:30-8:00 pm, Free

Not Ready to Make Nice:  The Guerrilla Girls in the Art World & Beyond

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

January 20 – March 17, 2018, Free

Not Ready to Make Nice, a major presentation of the Guerrilla Girls, illuminates and contextualizes the important historical and ongoing work of these highly original, provocative and influential artists who champion feminism and social change. Focusing primarily on recent work from the past decade, the exhibition features rarely shown international projects that trace the collective’s artistic and activist influence around the globe.

Kara Springer: Ten Days Before Freedom, A Hymnal

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

January 20-March 17, 2018, Free

A new and monumental photographic installation by Kara Springer, a visual artist and industrial designer of Bajan and Jamaican heritage, features a selection of photographs taken in Fox Hill, Nassau, a historic site founded in the early 1800s by liberated Africans in The Bahamas. Fox Hill is said to be the last village to receive news of emancipation from bondage for Africans in the British Caribbean, ten days after the initial decree of freedom in 1834.

Continuing Events

Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Through February 19, 2018. Museum admission

Click to read description

In 1917 John G. Johnson, the most famous lawyer of his day, left his astonishing trove of European art to the city of Philadelphia. One hundred years later, we’re taking a look at one of this country’s most remarkable collections. Encounter treasures by the likes of Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt, and Monet – and see how we keep making new discoveries about the collection. In this exhibition, get a behind-the-scenes look at a living, breathing collection and experience first-hand how our understanding and appreciation of these works have evolved over the years.

Paul Cret and Dr. Barnes

The Barnes Foundation

Through Monday, March 12, 2018, No admission fee required to view the archival exhibition.

Click to read description

Paul Cret, who is the architect of many iconic buildings on the Parkway, was also the architect of the Barnes Foundation Gallery Building and Barnes’ residence in Merion, Pa. This exhibition will include photographs and letters in the Foundation’s archives between Barnes & Cret. Exhibition will be located on the Lower Level of the Foundation’s Parkway building.

Kiefer Rodin

The Barnes Foundation

Through Monday, March 12, 2018

Click to read description

An exhibition which features new work by renowned contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer, created in response to sculptures and drawings by Auguste Rodin, alongside sculptures and drawings by Rodin—some displayed in the U.S. for the first time. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Rodin. This exhibition will also “connect” with the collection housed at our neighboring institution, the Rodin Museum. This exhibition is being presented in cooperation with the Musee Rodin in Paris.

Winter Fountains for the Parkway (2017) by artist Jennifer Steinkamp

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sunset to midnight

through March 18, 2018, Free

Click to read description


A centerpiece exhibition will be the nearly four-month public art installation, Winter Fountains for the Parkway by Jennifer Steinkamp. This temporary public art installation will redefine the Benjamin Franklin Parkway after dark, illuminating its vast space and captivating the public as they transverse the Parkway at night. Winter Fountains for the Parkway draws on the collections of the Parkway's art and science institutions and the landmark fountains along the Parkway, as well as Benjamin Franklin's explorations into electricity. The result is four large-scale domes (13 feet high and 26 feet in diameter), glittery by day and glowing by night, which become projection surfaces for the artist's transformational and mesmerizing artwork. Weather permitting, snow that falls while the project is on view will create supplemental and stunning variations of the artist’s flowing video animations.

Jennifer Steinkamp is a world-renowned installation artist who works with video and new media to explore and share ideas about space, motion and perception. She has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California; the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; MassMoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; and now, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Her art has toured with the band U2. She is a professor in the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA, and lives and works in Los Angeles.

Major support has been provided by the William Penn Foundation, with additional support from the Association for Public Art, The Logan Hotel, and individual donors. In-kind support provided by Visit Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute.

Photo:© Jennifer Steinkamp, courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, Greengrassi, London.

Configuration: Nicholas Kripal

Park Towne Place, The North Tower Gallery

Now through Sunday, April 29, 2018, Free

Click to read description

InLiquid and Park Towne Place present Configuration, an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Nicolas Kripal. Kripal’s tightly conceptual sculptures contain layers of meaning expressed elegantly in seemingly simple and minimalist form. Throughout his career, Kripal was inspired by tools and objects from everyday life, such as hand tools and baking molds. His sculptures combined these forms into symmetrical clusters and stacks, altering color, and shifting scale.  The exhibition features artwork that relates collections of common objects to the history of the people who have lived in and around the Parkway area.

Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, West Gallery, 1st Floor

Now through May 2018, Free

Click to read description

Between September 2017 and November 2018, all of Philadelphia will be celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since 1917, this grand avenue has connected Philadelphia’s City Hall with the entrance to Fairmount Park, linking the heart of our city to the natural wonders of Pennsylvania. The Free Library of Philadelphia is honoring our home on this historic boulevard along with our past and current neighbors by featuring photographs, artwork, and memories of the creation and use of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the last century. In this exhibition, we explore moments from the history of the Parkway, touching on examples of the art, faith, science, and community that reside together on Philadelphia’s grand corridor of culture.

Specimen Spotlight: A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

through October 4, 2018

Click to read description


Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia celebrates the centennial of our version of the Champs-Élysées, the Academy presents A Peek at the Past, A Look at the Future, an intimate exhibit that illustrates a century of progress at the parkway’s first cultural institution and offers a glimpse of our future focus. Experience the dramatic changes to the museum’s architecture and exhibitions; explore scientific field expeditions; discover famous Academy members through the years, and see where the next century will take us.

Park Towne Place Mural by Miriam Singer

Park Towne Place with Mural Arts Philadelphia, East Tower

Debuts Friday, September 8 and continues throughout Parkway 100, Free

Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Tours

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Held daily; included in general admission cost

Click to read description

Unlock the secrets of the Museum’s expansive collection with these drop-in tours. 

Spotlight Gallery Conversations

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall)

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m., included in general admission cost

Click to read description

A different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations.

Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO – The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Association for Public Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Ongoing

Click to read description

The Association for Public Art (aPA) presents new audio as part of their award-winning Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program to highlight the world-renowned collection of sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and aPA’s role in the Parkway’s development. The audio is free to all and accessible by phone, online, and through the MWW: AUDIO app.

February Events

Continuing Events

Paul Cret and Dr. Barnes

The Barnes Foundation

Through Monday, March 12, 2018, No admission fee required to view the archival exhibition.

Click to read description

Paul Cret, who is the architect of many iconic buildings on the Parkway, was also the architect of the Barnes Foundation Gallery Building and Barnes’ residence in Merion, Pa. This exhibition will include photographs and letters in the Foundation’s archives between Barnes & Cret. Exhibition will be located on the Lower Level of the Foundation’s Parkway building.

Kiefer Rodin

The Barnes Foundation

Through Monday, March 12, 2018

Click to read description

An exhibition which features new work by renowned contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer, created in response to sculptures and drawings by Auguste Rodin, alongside sculptures and drawings by Rodin—some displayed in the U.S. for the first time. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Rodin. This exhibition will also “connect” with the collection housed at our neighboring institution, the Rodin Museum. This exhibition is being presented in cooperation with the Musee Rodin in Paris.

Not Ready to Make Nice:  The Guerrilla Girls in the Art World & Beyond

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

January 20 – March 17, 2018, Free

Click to read description

Not Ready to Make Nice, a major presentation of the Guerrilla Girls, illuminates and contextualizes the important historical and ongoing work of these highly original, provocative and influential artists who champion feminism and social change. Focusing primarily on recent work from the past decade, the exhibition features rarely shown international projects that trace the collective’s artistic and activist influence around the globe.

Winter Fountains for the Parkway (2017) by artist Jennifer Steinkamp

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sunset to midnight

through March 18, 2018, Free

Click to read description


A centerpiece exhibition will be the nearly four-month public art installation, Winter Fountains for the Parkway by Jennifer Steinkamp. This temporary public art installation will redefine the Benjamin Franklin Parkway after dark, illuminating its vast space and captivating the public as they transverse the Parkway at night. Winter Fountains for the Parkway draws on the collections of the Parkway's art and science institutions and the landmark fountains along the Parkway, as well as Benjamin Franklin's explorations into electricity. The result is four large-scale domes (13 feet high and 26 feet in diameter), glittery by day and glowing by night, which become projection surfaces for the artist's transformational and mesmerizing artwork. Weather permitting, snow that falls while the project is on view will create supplemental and stunning variations of the artist’s flowing video animations.

Jennifer Steinkamp is a world-renowned installation artist who works with video and new media to explore and share ideas about space, motion and perception. She has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California; the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; MassMoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; and now, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Her art has toured with the band U2. She is a professor in the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA, and lives and works in Los Angeles.

Major support has been provided by the William Penn Foundation, with additional support from the Association for Public Art, The Logan Hotel, and individual donors. In-kind support provided by Visit Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute.

Photo:© Jennifer Steinkamp, courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, Greengrassi, London.

Kara Springer: Ten Days Before Freedom, A Hymnal

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

January 20-March 17, 2018, Free

Click to read description

A new and monumental photographic installation by Kara Springer, a visual artist and industrial designer of Bajan and Jamaican heritage, features a selection of photographs taken in Fox Hill, Nassau, a historic site founded in the early 1800s by liberated Africans in The Bahamas. Fox Hill is said to be the last village to receive news of emancipation from bondage for Africans in the British Caribbean, ten days after the initial decree of freedom in 1834.

Configuration: Nicholas Kripal

Park Towne Place, The North Tower Gallery

Now through Sunday, April 29, 2018, Free

Click to read description

InLiquid and Park Towne Place present Configuration, an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Nicolas Kripal. Kripal’s tightly conceptual sculptures contain layers of meaning expressed elegantly in seemingly simple and minimalist form. Throughout his career, Kripal was inspired by tools and objects from everyday life, such as hand tools and baking molds. His sculptures combined these forms into symmetrical clusters and stacks, altering color, and shifting scale.  The exhibition features artwork that relates collections of common objects to the history of the people who have lived in and around the Parkway area.

Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, West Gallery, 1st Floor

Now through May 2018, Free

Click to read description

Between September 2017 and November 2018, all of Philadelphia will be celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since 1917, this grand avenue has connected Philadelphia’s City Hall with the entrance to Fairmount Park, linking the heart of our city to the natural wonders of Pennsylvania. The Free Library of Philadelphia is honoring our home on this historic boulevard along with our past and current neighbors by featuring photographs, artwork, and memories of the creation and use of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the last century. In this exhibition, we explore moments from the history of the Parkway, touching on examples of the art, faith, science, and community that reside together on Philadelphia’s grand corridor of culture.

Specimen Spotlight: A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

through October 4, 2018

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Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia celebrates the centennial of our version of the Champs-Élysées, the Academy presents A Peek at the Past, A Look at the Future, an intimate exhibit that illustrates a century of progress at the parkway’s first cultural institution and offers a glimpse of our future focus. Experience the dramatic changes to the museum’s architecture and exhibitions; explore scientific field expeditions; discover famous Academy members through the years, and see where the next century will take us.

Park Towne Place Mural by Miriam Singer

Park Towne Place with Mural Arts Philadelphia, East Tower

Debuts Friday, September 8 and continues throughout Parkway 100, Free

Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Tours

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Held daily; included in general admission cost

Click to read description

Unlock the secrets of the Museum’s expansive collection with these drop-in tours. 

Spotlight Gallery Conversations

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall)

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m., included in general admission cost

Click to read description

A different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations.

Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO – The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Association for Public Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Ongoing

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The Association for Public Art (aPA) presents new audio as part of their award-winning Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program to highlight the world-renowned collection of sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and aPA’s role in the Parkway’s development. The audio is free to all and accessible by phone, online, and through the MWW: AUDIO app.

March Events

Pop-Up Museum: "Strange Neighbors"

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

March 30 – April 8, 2018

The archives of Eastern State Penitentiary are packed with historic treasures that the public rarely sees. Thousands of photographs, stacks of inmate-written magazines, and even shanks (homemade weapons) are numbered and tucked carefully into museum-grade storage in the site’s administrative offices. Historic site visitors often see photographs of these treasures, but the building’s lack of museum-quality climate control makes it impossible to exhibit the artifacts year-round.

For 10 days only, Eastern State Penitentiary presents its sixth annual Pop-Up Museum! The 2018 theme is “Strange Neighbors,” celebrating the one-century birthday of the Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Objects on view will focus on connections between this ancient prison and the vibrant neighborhood that eventually came to surround it.

Pop-Up Museum is included with admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.

Guerrilla Girls

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

March 15, 2018, 6:00 pm, Free

Conversations @ Moore – Eventing: Reflection on Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, Monument Lab, Speech Acts and Philadelphia Assembled

Moore College of Art & Design

March 15, 2018, 6:30 pm

Moore College of Art & Design Student Show

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

March 31 - April 14, 2018

The Philadelphia Flower Show

Pennsylvania Convention Center

March 3 - 11, 2018

The Philadelphia Flower Show, March 3 – 11, 2018 is the official harbinger of Spring in the region and the largest flower show in the United States. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society(PHS), the Show organizer, hosts a festive lead-up to the Flower Show with the annual citywide Bloom Philly Festival,  February 17 – March 2. Daily activities and special events are planned to encourage everyone to celebrate the coming of spring. Visit theflowershow.com to find out more.

Continuing Events

Configuration: Nicholas Kripal

Park Towne Place, The North Tower Gallery

Now through Sunday, April 29, 2018, Free

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InLiquid and Park Towne Place present Configuration, an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Nicolas Kripal. Kripal’s tightly conceptual sculptures contain layers of meaning expressed elegantly in seemingly simple and minimalist form. Throughout his career, Kripal was inspired by tools and objects from everyday life, such as hand tools and baking molds. His sculptures combined these forms into symmetrical clusters and stacks, altering color, and shifting scale.  The exhibition features artwork that relates collections of common objects to the history of the people who have lived in and around the Parkway area.

Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, West Gallery, 1st Floor

Now through May 2018, Free

Click to read description

Between September 2017 and November 2018, all of Philadelphia will be celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since 1917, this grand avenue has connected Philadelphia’s City Hall with the entrance to Fairmount Park, linking the heart of our city to the natural wonders of Pennsylvania. The Free Library of Philadelphia is honoring our home on this historic boulevard along with our past and current neighbors by featuring photographs, artwork, and memories of the creation and use of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the last century. In this exhibition, we explore moments from the history of the Parkway, touching on examples of the art, faith, science, and community that reside together on Philadelphia’s grand corridor of culture.

Specimen Spotlight: A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

through October 4, 2018

Click to read description


Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia celebrates the centennial of our version of the Champs-Élysées, the Academy presents A Peek at the Past, A Look at the Future, an intimate exhibit that illustrates a century of progress at the parkway’s first cultural institution and offers a glimpse of our future focus. Experience the dramatic changes to the museum’s architecture and exhibitions; explore scientific field expeditions; discover famous Academy members through the years, and see where the next century will take us.

Park Towne Place Mural by Miriam Singer

Park Towne Place with Mural Arts Philadelphia, East Tower

Debuts Friday, September 8 and continues throughout Parkway 100, Free

Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Tours

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Held daily; included in general admission cost

Click to read description

Unlock the secrets of the Museum’s expansive collection with these drop-in tours. 

Spotlight Gallery Conversations

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall)

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m., included in general admission cost

Click to read description

A different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations.

Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO – The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Association for Public Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Ongoing

Click to read description

The Association for Public Art (aPA) presents new audio as part of their award-winning Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program to highlight the world-renowned collection of sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and aPA’s role in the Parkway’s development. The audio is free to all and accessible by phone, online, and through the MWW: AUDIO app.

April Events

Moore College of Art & Design Senior Show

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

April 25 - May 12, 2018

Continuing Events

Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, West Gallery, 1st Floor

Now through May 2018, Free

Click to read description

Between September 2017 and November 2018, all of Philadelphia will be celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since 1917, this grand avenue has connected Philadelphia’s City Hall with the entrance to Fairmount Park, linking the heart of our city to the natural wonders of Pennsylvania. The Free Library of Philadelphia is honoring our home on this historic boulevard along with our past and current neighbors by featuring photographs, artwork, and memories of the creation and use of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the last century. In this exhibition, we explore moments from the history of the Parkway, touching on examples of the art, faith, science, and community that reside together on Philadelphia’s grand corridor of culture.

Specimen Spotlight: A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

through October 4, 2018

Click to read description


Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia celebrates the centennial of our version of the Champs-Élysées, the Academy presents A Peek at the Past, A Look at the Future, an intimate exhibit that illustrates a century of progress at the parkway’s first cultural institution and offers a glimpse of our future focus. Experience the dramatic changes to the museum’s architecture and exhibitions; explore scientific field expeditions; discover famous Academy members through the years, and see where the next century will take us.

Park Towne Place Mural by Miriam Singer

Park Towne Place with Mural Arts Philadelphia, East Tower

Debuts Friday, September 8 and continues throughout Parkway 100, Free

Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Tours

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Held daily; included in general admission cost

Click to read description

Unlock the secrets of the Museum’s expansive collection with these drop-in tours. 

Spotlight Gallery Conversations

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall)

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m., included in general admission cost

Click to read description

A different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations.

Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO – The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Association for Public Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Ongoing

Click to read description

The Association for Public Art (aPA) presents new audio as part of their award-winning Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program to highlight the world-renowned collection of sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and aPA’s role in the Parkway’s development. The audio is free to all and accessible by phone, online, and through the MWW: AUDIO app.

May Events

Continuing Events

Specimen Spotlight: A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

through October 4, 2018

Click to read description


Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia celebrates the centennial of our version of the Champs-Élysées, the Academy presents A Peek at the Past, A Look at the Future, an intimate exhibit that illustrates a century of progress at the parkway’s first cultural institution and offers a glimpse of our future focus. Experience the dramatic changes to the museum’s architecture and exhibitions; explore scientific field expeditions; discover famous Academy members through the years, and see where the next century will take us.

Park Towne Place Mural by Miriam Singer

Park Towne Place with Mural Arts Philadelphia, East Tower

Debuts Friday, September 8 and continues throughout Parkway 100, Free

Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Tours

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Held daily; included in general admission cost

Click to read description

Unlock the secrets of the Museum’s expansive collection with these drop-in tours. 

Spotlight Gallery Conversations

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall)

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m., included in general admission cost

Click to read description

A different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations.

Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO – The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Association for Public Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Ongoing

Click to read description

The Association for Public Art (aPA) presents new audio as part of their award-winning Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program to highlight the world-renowned collection of sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and aPA’s role in the Parkway’s development. The audio is free to all and accessible by phone, online, and through the MWW: AUDIO app.

June Events

Moore College of Art & Design Graduate Exhibitions

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

June 2 – July 7, 2018

Moore College of Art & Design Annual Alumni Exhibition

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

June 9 – August 4, 2018

Continuing Events

Specimen Spotlight: A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

through October 4, 2018

Click to read description


Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia celebrates the centennial of our version of the Champs-Élysées, the Academy presents A Peek at the Past, A Look at the Future, an intimate exhibit that illustrates a century of progress at the parkway’s first cultural institution and offers a glimpse of our future focus. Experience the dramatic changes to the museum’s architecture and exhibitions; explore scientific field expeditions; discover famous Academy members through the years, and see where the next century will take us.

Park Towne Place Mural by Miriam Singer

Park Towne Place with Mural Arts Philadelphia, East Tower

Debuts Friday, September 8 and continues throughout Parkway 100, Free

Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Tours

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Held daily; included in general admission cost

Click to read description

Unlock the secrets of the Museum’s expansive collection with these drop-in tours. 

Spotlight Gallery Conversations

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall)

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m., included in general admission cost

Click to read description

A different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations.

Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO – The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Association for Public Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Ongoing

Click to read description

The Association for Public Art (aPA) presents new audio as part of their award-winning Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program to highlight the world-renowned collection of sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and aPA’s role in the Parkway’s development. The audio is free to all and accessible by phone, online, and through the MWW: AUDIO app.

July Events

Continuing Events

Moore College of Art & Design Annual Alumni Exhibition

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

June 9 – August 4, 2018

Specimen Spotlight: A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

through October 4, 2018

Click to read description


Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia celebrates the centennial of our version of the Champs-Élysées, the Academy presents A Peek at the Past, A Look at the Future, an intimate exhibit that illustrates a century of progress at the parkway’s first cultural institution and offers a glimpse of our future focus. Experience the dramatic changes to the museum’s architecture and exhibitions; explore scientific field expeditions; discover famous Academy members through the years, and see where the next century will take us.

Park Towne Place Mural by Miriam Singer

Park Towne Place with Mural Arts Philadelphia, East Tower

Debuts Friday, September 8 and continues throughout Parkway 100, Free

Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Tours

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Held daily; included in general admission cost

Click to read description

Unlock the secrets of the Museum’s expansive collection with these drop-in tours. 

Spotlight Gallery Conversations

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall)

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m., included in general admission cost

Click to read description

A different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations.

Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO – The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Association for Public Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Ongoing

Click to read description

The Association for Public Art (aPA) presents new audio as part of their award-winning Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program to highlight the world-renowned collection of sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and aPA’s role in the Parkway’s development. The audio is free to all and accessible by phone, online, and through the MWW: AUDIO app.

August Events

Continuing Events

Specimen Spotlight: A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

through October 4, 2018

Click to read description


Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia celebrates the centennial of our version of the Champs-Élysées, the Academy presents A Peek at the Past, A Look at the Future, an intimate exhibit that illustrates a century of progress at the parkway’s first cultural institution and offers a glimpse of our future focus. Experience the dramatic changes to the museum’s architecture and exhibitions; explore scientific field expeditions; discover famous Academy members through the years, and see where the next century will take us.

Park Towne Place Mural by Miriam Singer

Park Towne Place with Mural Arts Philadelphia, East Tower

Debuts Friday, September 8 and continues throughout Parkway 100, Free

Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Tours

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Held daily; included in general admission cost

Click to read description

Unlock the secrets of the Museum’s expansive collection with these drop-in tours. 

Spotlight Gallery Conversations

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall)

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m., included in general admission cost

Click to read description

A different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations.

Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO – The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Association for Public Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Ongoing

Click to read description

The Association for Public Art (aPA) presents new audio as part of their award-winning Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program to highlight the world-renowned collection of sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and aPA’s role in the Parkway’s development. The audio is free to all and accessible by phone, online, and through the MWW: AUDIO app.