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.
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, weather permitting, 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 February 5, celebrate Black History Month with percussion performances by Sistahs Laying Down Hands Collective, including a tribute to Nina Simone. Find something new while exploring the collection galleries, and take part in fun family activities. Limited capacity. Registration opens Thursday, February 2, at 10 a.m.
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.