Submissions are currently closed.

Cultureshare is a new, subscription-based program that pairs locally produced art, music, writing, performance (you name it!) with items from the Library's collections and distributes it in a digital format. The aim is to showcase work being done across Philadelphia. The "share" is open to all types of artwork from artists at any stage in their career (over the age of 12), including non-professionals. We are open to all types of art from a diversity of people and neighborhoods. Artists must have a connection to Philadelphia.

Submissions will be selected by a committee of qualified experts and library staff, based on artistic merit via a blind judging process.

Each artist or piece selected will receive a prize of up to $1,000, and the work will be included in the Free Library's first "share." The submission period is Wednesday, May 3 - Friday, June 30, 2017.

Material Requirements:

  • We are seeking original art in any medium, including but not limited to: music, painting, performance, photography, and writing.
  • The submission must be digitally deliverable. All major file formats accepted.
  • Work must be previously unpublished.
  • Any video or audio submission must be under 7 minutes in length.
  • Any text submission must be under 2000 words.
  • Images must have a minimum resolution of 72 dpi and should be large enough for judges to see clearly online. If selected, a higher resolution image may be required.
  • Excerpts of larger works are acceptable, assuming they fit the length parameters.
  • We ask for first serial rights and the right to keep a copy of the publication in our archives. All other rights revert back to the artist after publication.

Artist Requirements:

  • Have a relationship with the city of Philadelphia.
  • Be over the age of 12.
  • If the submission was created by more than one artist, all artists’ information must be included.
  • If selected, commit to attending our launch celebration on the evening of Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Contact with any questions.

The Free Library is grateful to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for their support of this project.

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