Tagged Art

Central Senior Services Joins Moore College of Art to Fight Social Isolation During Pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has studied the impact of loneliness and social isolation on American seniors and the results are deeply disturbing. Extensive studies of the subject reveal that social isolation of…

Frank Stephens, Jr.: A Free Library Legacy

When Frank Stephens, Jr., passed away in March at the age of 89, many mourned the loss of a friend and colleague. Others were hearing about Frank for the first time. And it was an opportunity for all of us at the Free Library to learn…

Spotlight on Special Collections: Artist Dox Thrash and the WPA Printmaking Collection

Dox Thrash was an innovative artist and printmaker who gained recognition for his realistic and moving depictions of Black life while working for the federally-funded Philadelphia Fine Print Workshop.  Dox…

Thinking in Community

by Mariam Williams, Project Director, Chronicling Resistance One of my greatest joys in this project is witnessing how the Fellows draw connections among their respective areas of research and activism. I get to see and hear lightbulbs…

Art Book Club Online

The Art Department is now hosting a virtual book and art-making club and we're excited to kick off our next topic! Art Book Club Online: Picturing Information starts Tuesday, February 2, meeting 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays…

Story Search from Special Collections: An Interview by Hannah Cho

Hannah Cho is a University of Pennsylvania Work-Study student from Davis, CA. During the Fall semester, she studied, recorded, and edited the Story Search podcasts remotely from South Korea. I’ve always been more of a talker…

Chronicling Resistance: Meet the Fellows

by Mariam Williams, Project Director for Chronicling Resistance "I've studied what I could of the Niess and their culture. There isn’t much left, and I have to sift the truth from all the lies. But there was a … a…

An Interview with Deyania Sanders, the High School Artist Behind This Year's Summer of Wonder

2020 Summer of Wonder poster In December, the Free Library and the design team at Mighty Engine put out a contest call for artwork from high school students. Deyania Sanders’ art teacher encouraged her to submit. Now, she’s…

Call for Artwork: Nourishing Literacy Series of Printed Learning Materials

Hello to our friends of all ages! The Nourishing Literacy team is in the process of creating a series of printed learning materials and we would be thrilled to include your artwork! Call for Artwork Community Coloring Books and Activity…

Community Cultural Engagement: Youth Street Art

One of the many challenges experienced by librarians and teachers during quarantine has been connecting with the young people in our communities. How are young people feeling? What are they thinking about during this time? What…

Community Cultural Engagement and Social Change Through Art

How do we engage with our communities during a pandemic? In particular, how do we engage creatively with the goal of affecting social change? These questions have been at the forefront of our minds since mid-March.  Beth Heinly,…

Race in the United States: Social Justice Virtual Workshops for Teens

Updated Friday, July 10, 2020 4:59 p.m. "The Social Justice Symposium Teen Planning Committee supports the Concerned Black Workers of the Free Library of Philadelphia ! CBWFLP Response to DEI/Board of Trustees' letter We are…

#ColorOurCollections: Creating Art with the Free Library's Digital Archive

Do you remember that scene at the beginning of Tangled where Rapunzel completes a day's worth of tasks before breakfast?  Yeah, that's a lot less funny now.  But if the school assignments are done and your Netflix…

Window Birding

With the current quarantine for Covid-19 affecting Pennsylvania, many parents are looking for fun, educational activities for their children. One activity worth exploring is window birding . Due to the seasonal change, birds around the…

Free Library Installs Colorful Abstract Banners Designed by Alexander Calder

An exciting art installation is underway at Parkway Central Library ! Two soaring, colorful banners, created by celebrated American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976), are now on display in the Robert and Eileen Kennedy Heim Center for…

Book Paper Scissors: 12th Annual Artists' Book Fair at Parkway Central Library

On December 7, the Art Department at Parkway Central Library will host the 12th annual Book Paper Scissors event, a fair designed for artists who create book-and paper-based work. As usual, numerous local artists and organizations…

Artist Talks Hosted by the Free Library's Art Department

Earlier this summer, we kicked off an exciting new series in collaboration with Mural Arts Philadelphia . Each Artists in Conversation event brought two artists to the library, where they discussed their work,…

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Free Library! ¡Celebre el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con la Biblioteca Pública!

For over 40 years, our nation has celebrated the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx peoples living in the United States. Durante más de 40 años, nuestra nación ha celebrado la historia, la…

Happy National Selfie Day!

You heard right! Today is National Selfie Day, an excuse to snap a photo of yourself in the name of this glorious (fake) holiday! Looking for the perfect place to take it? How about heading to your nearest Free Library location ?…

Congratulations to Artist Benjamin Volta on Award-Winning Mural at Tacony Library!

It is the absolute pleasure of the Free Library of Philadelphia to add our congratulations to Benjamin Volta . His work Diligence was recently recognized by the Americans for the Arts as one of 50 outstanding public arts projects from…

English Conversation Group: Art and Architecture

Join us to learn and practice English while discussing famous works of art and architecture (in Philadelphia and beyond).  Every Monday 9-10:30 am Class is currently full - for more information or to join the waitlist, call…

Summer Mail Art Exchange

Mail art is a perfect way to stay creative, spend some time away from screens and connect with others remotely. Last winter we held our first exchange and it was so much fun we're doing a second round.  Would you like to…

Virtual Messy Mondays

Join Ms. Naomi in making a big mess! Pictures and instructions for fun sensory play with common household items. Geared at children of all ages. Everyone needs time to make a mess! Remember kids, at the library our motto…

English Conversation Group: Art and Architecture

Join us to learn and practice English while discussing famous works of art and architecture (in Philadelphia and beyond).  Every Monday 9-10:30 am Class is currently full - for more information or to join the waitlist, call…

English Conversation Group: Art and Architecture

Join us to learn and practice English while discussing famous works of art and architecture (in Philadelphia and beyond).  Every Monday 9-10:30 am Class is currently full - for more information or to join the waitlist, call…

Virtual Messy Mondays

Join Ms. Naomi in making a big mess! Pictures and instructions for fun sensory play with common household items. Geared at children of all ages. Everyone needs time to make a mess! Remember kids, at the library our motto…

English Conversation Group: Art and Architecture

Join us to learn and practice English while discussing famous works of art and architecture (in Philadelphia and beyond).  Every Monday 9-10:30 am Class is currently full - for more information or to join the waitlist, call…

Virtual Crafternoon

Every Thursday afternoon this summer Ms Echo will post a new craft tutorial using items you probably already have at home! Videos will be made available on the  Walnut Street West Facebook page on Thursdays at 12 pm. All ages are…

Summer of Wonder Outdoor Fun and Craft Day

Join us between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. for summer fun including free giveaways and raffle prizes. Enjoy light refreshments and a fun "Sippy Cup and Paint" activity. 

Summer Outdoor Craft Days

Join us for an outdoor craft day. We will be painintg and personalizing sippy cups on August 10.

Virtual Messy Mondays

Join Ms. Naomi in making a big mess! Pictures and instructions for fun sensory play with common household items. Geared at children of all ages. Everyone needs time to make a mess! Remember kids, at the library our motto…

English Conversation Group: Art and Architecture

Join us to learn and practice English while discussing famous works of art and architecture (in Philadelphia and beyond).  Every Monday 9-10:30 am Class is currently full - for more information or to join the waitlist, call…

Virtual Crafternoon

Every Thursday afternoon this summer Ms Echo will post a new craft tutorial using items you probably already have at home! Videos will be made available on the  Walnut Street West Facebook page on Thursdays at 12 pm. All ages are…

The Art Librarian is IN: Comics and narrative art edition with Sequential Philly

Stop by for a 45 minute video chat with a librarian from the Art Department to virtually browse a library shelf one book at a time, see what new circulating books and magazines have arrived, get some topical recommendations and ask…

Anime and Manga - Manga for You and Me

Learn the techniques behind the creation of anime.

Anime and Manga - Hot Manga

Get your hands on the newest manga we have.

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Art Full Text

Art Full Text™ is a comprehensive resource for art information featuring full-text articles from more than 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, high-quality indexing and abstracting of over 600 periodicals dating as far back as 1984,…

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More than 18,000 peer-reviewed journals and more than 9,200 in full text Full text of The Economist ranging from 1988 to the present, with no embargo Full text of The New York Times from 1985 to present, updated daily Full text of The…

Laura Raicovich | Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest

In conversation with Seph Rodney, PhD, opinions editor and managing editor of the Sunday Edition for Hyperallergic , author of The Personalization of the Museum Visit , and winner of the 2020 Rabkin Arts Journalism Prize. The interim…

Paul Hendrickson | Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

Paul Hendrickson’s books include Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934–1961 , a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Sons of Mississippi , winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The Living…

Jed Perl | Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940

Watch the video here . “Few people write about art as beautifully” ( Wall Street Journal ) as Jed Perl, a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and the former 20-year art critic for The New Republic . A longtime…

Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci

Watch the video here . Released just weeks after the tech guru’s death, Walter Isaacson’s “staggering” ( The New York Times ) portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs instantly became an international bestseller. Isaacson has also penned…

Christina Baker Kline | A Piece of the World

Watch the video here . Christina Baker Kline is the author of The Orphan Train , the no. 1 New York Times bestseller and 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be , and…

Ross King | Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

“With a fiction writer’s feel for character” (Philadelphia Inquirer ), Ross King is the author of several nonfiction works that situate art within the context of the history in which it was born, including the New York Times bestsellers…

Edward Sorel | Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 with Jules Feiffer | Cousin Joseph

“One of America’s foremost political satirists” ( New York Times ), illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist Edward Sorel has illustrated 41 covers for The New Yorker and has published pictorial essays and features in The Nation ,…

David Salle | How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art

One of the principal definers of postmodern art, painter David Salle is one of the last four decades’ most celebrated artists. Known for paintings and prints of what seem to be indiscriminately overlaid found images from a variety of…