The Parkway Council is a coalition of institutions, residences, and businesses along Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Council works to accelerate the transformation of the Parkway into a great urban park filled with exceptional cultural and educational institutions, inviting gardens, active public spaces, and dynamic programming that welcomes and engages everyone.
Learn more about the Reimagine the Benjamin Franklin Parkway planning process that will create a public realm plan for people-centric physical improvements to the Parkway.
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Lead support for the Parkway Council has been provided by a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation.
FREE ACTIVITIES ON THE PARKWAY
The Free Library of Philadelphia at its Parkway Central main branch hosts near daily free events, ranging from author talks with celebrated writers to workshops on practical skills to family activities for all ages. Outdoors in Shakespeare Park, enjoy a rich array of free activities for children, including music and movement, toddler and preschool storytime, author talks, and special performances.
It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means free admission at the Barnes. On January 8, celebrate the new beginnings and exciting opportunities that come with the new year. Art lovers of all ages are invited to enjoy dynamic musical performances by Philly-based singer-songwriter LaTasha “Elle” Morris. Find something new while exploring the collection galleries, and take part in fun family activities. Plus, see the special exhibition Modigliani Up Close before it closes. Limited capacity. Registration opens Thursday, January 5, at 10 a.m.
Places of Freedom and Containment incorporates the work of four women artists who explore relationships to/with/in various locations—often places of origin—and the formal and psychological impact of such places on their creative practices. Visionary Women: Janet Biggs and Joyce C. Scott brings together the work of two women whose practices demonstrate a unique mastery of materials. Visit both exhibitions for free at the Galleries at Moore through December 3, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturday.
Running for its 15th season, Christmas Village in Philadelphia transforms LOVE Park and City Hall's Courtyard into an authentic German Christmas Market. From November 19 – December 24, 110+ vendors will offer their unique Christmas gifts and delicious European food specialties. Across the street in Dilworth Park, find the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market, which features more than 40 local arts and craft vendors.
Functional Misrepresentations is a new exhibition at Park Towne Place, on view through February 5, highlighting six artists whose work uses the shared language of objects to discuss how they can act as vectors of memory; both personal and societal. The included artists, Leila Cartier, Randall Cleaver, Billy Colbert, Christina P. Day, Han Wang, and Mallory Weston show how objects can hold onto memories and be reconstructed to tell mythical tales of what was, and what could have been. Organized by InLiquid.
The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul opens its doors to people of all Faiths and Traditions as it makes a common religious response to the ever increasing violence in our city streets. Each Sunday evening, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., gather for intentional prayer for peace in the city with a specific plea for an end to gun violence on our streets. Individuals and groups are invited and no previous arrangements are required. All are welcome.