The Barnes offers free admission and programming on the first Sunday of every month. Visitors are welcome to attend talks, performances, and hands-on activities throughout the day. Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on-site starting at 9 am.
First Sundays, 10 am–6 pm; programming 1–4 pm
Free First Sundays is generously presented by PECO.
Free tickets can be obtained on-site 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!
12:40–1 pm: Donovan Moore, performance
Donovan Moore, an alumnus of the Philadelphia Boys Choir, began his career as a songwriter, cover artist, and guitarist at age 12 when he raised money to participate in a charity bike ride by knocking on doors and playing songs for donations. Now Moore performs at restaurants, charitable events, and the Children’s Regional Hospital in Camden, New Jersey.
1–3 pm: the Dream Flag Project, hands-on art making
Create your own flag with the Dream Flag Project, a poetry, art, and community-building organization founded in 2003 by two Agnes Irwin School teachers and inspired by Buddhist prayer flags and the poetry of Langston Hughes. The Dream Flag Project is now in over 100 schools, and students in 34 states and 11 countries have created more than 40,000 Dream Flags.
1–3 pm: Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) Social Practice Lab, hands-on art making
AAI artists-in-residence Meei-Ling Ng and Dave Kyu bring hands-on projects focused on educating and inspiring through public installations, gardening, and the visual arts. AAI’s residencies support the work of creative individuals and organizations in Philadelphia’s Chinatown North.
1–1:20 pm: Meei-Ling Ng and Dave Kyu, short talk
The artists in residence with the Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) Social Practice Lab give a short talk.
1:20–1:30 pm: Broad Street Ministry, short talk
Broad Street Ministry is a broad-minded Christian community that cherishes creativity, fosters artistic expression, extends inclusive hospitality, and works for a more just world through civic engagement. Representatives from Broad Street Ministry speak about their efforts.
1:30–2 pm: Rock to the Future, performance
Rock to the Future provides free music education to Philadelphia’s underserved youth. Rock to the Future programs use music to ignite passion and creativity, support academic achievement, improve self-esteem, and build community.
2:15–2:25 pm: Dream Flag Project, short talk
Short talk. See description above.
2:25–2:45 pm: Dr. Barnes and the Two World Wars, short talk
Hear stories of the impact of the wars on artists and on Dr. Barnes’s art-buying trips to Europe. Led by docent Scott Yaw.
2:50–3 pm: Whole Foods Market and Bethesda Project, short talk
Bethesda Project serves more than 2,500 homeless men and women each year, providing housing, emergency shelter, and other services. This winter, Whole Foods stores in Callowhill and South Street support the Bethesda Project with the Nickels for Nonprofits and Feed 4 More campaigns. Through Feed 4 More, Whole Foods customers can add a $10 donation to their Thanksgiving or winter holiday order to help feed their homeless neighbors.
3–3:25 pm: Donovan Moore, performance
See description above.
3:30–4 pm: Amber Art and Design in conversation with Maori Holmes
Amber Art and Design is a Port Richmond-based art collective featuring Charles Babin, Linda Fernandez, Willis “Nomo” Humphrey, Keir Johnston, and Ernel Martinez. The collective merges public art, community development, street-art aesthetics, and sophisticated technique to create projects that bridge Philadelphia communities and the contemporary art world. Maori Holmes is the founder of BlackStar Film Festival.
4–5 pm: Barnes and Beyond: In the End, Truth Prevails, film screening
This documentary shows how the Barnes board of trustees and the arts community rallied to save one of the greatest artistic treasures in the world.
4:15–5 pm: Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, performance
The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change is a group of singers and dancers from Liberia: Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete, and Tokay Tomah. The Chorus’s music laments domestic violence, encourages women to make their voices heard, and paves a way forward. The award-winning vocalists use traditional Liberian songs as a call to action on issues facing African immigrant communities in Philadelphia.