On the first Sunday of every month, visitors will enjoy free admission, family entertainment and informative seminars from 10 am to 6 pm.
Free First Sundays is generously presented by PECO.
Free tickets can be obtained at the Barnes Foundation beginning at 9 am. Advance reservations are not available for Free First Sundays.
This offer is limited to tickets for two adults and two children per transaction. Tickets are limited and available on a first come-first served basis.
Tickets include access to the Collection gallery, special exhibition and any programming taking place that day.
The Barnes Foundation and PECO look forward to welcoming you to Free First Sundays!
Magic Ladders: Celebrating the Power of Books
Diversity in Dance
Free First Sunday
1–3 pm Navajo looms hands-on activity
Dr. Barnes went to New Mexico in the 1920s and purchased Navajo textiles for his collection. Join a Barnes teaching artist to learn how to weave on looms similar to the Navajos’. Then, visit the Navajo textiles on the mezzanine. Discover how Dr. Barnes selected the textiles to fit in with the ensembles.
The Barnes Foundation smART Fund for Education, established by GSK, provides generous annual support for K–8 education outreach programs in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP).
Crossing Boundaries is sponsored by PECO. Additional funding provided by the Connelly Foundation.
1:15–2 pm One Book, One Philadelphia
Everyone in Philadelphia is reading The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers, as part of the 2014 One Book, One Philadelphia program, sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Office of the Mayor. Poet/novelist Powers tells the story of a young soldier struggling to find meaning in his harrowing experiences in Iraq while suffering profound guilt over his friend and fellow soldier’s death, and alienation from community and family upon his return home. The New York Times remarks that “Kevin Powers has something to say, something deeply moving about the frailty of man and the brutality of war, and we should all lean closer and listen.” Join the book discussion, led by the Free Library, and enter the giveaway.
2–3 pm Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School and String Theory High School Choir
Join us for performances showcasing the talents of the students and faculty of Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School and String Theory High School Choir. Join them as they weave their performance magic!
3–3:10 pm Crossing Boundaries
Learn about the Barnes Foundation’s outreach program for 7th- and 8th-grade students in the School District of Philadelphia and select Catholic Schools. The program comprises subsidized field trips, busing, and art activities. Hear about the students’ experience learning about the African art and Navajo textiles and producing their own art in response. Lead by Annie Daley, outreach coordinator.
2–5 pm Philadelphia University Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce
Hear about Kanbar’s textile design program, where students learn to turn innovative ideas into material products. Students take studio and technical courses and are taught by artists, design directors, authors, and researchers, with input from visiting artists and guest lecturers. PhilaU has been a textile leader since 1884. Today’s featured students are undergrad Becky Flax and grad student Erin Stevens.
3:45–5 pm Renegade Company: One Book reinterpretation performance and discussion
In correlation with the One Book, One Philadelphia selection, Kevin Powers’s Yellow Birds, this Philadelphia-based theater group explores the culture of Iraq and the Middle East through the poetry of Khaloud Al-Muttalibi and Adnan Al-Saiegh, among others. Inspired by Middle Eastern artifacts from the Barnes galleries, Renegade seeks to present an immersive audience experience.