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2024 Everyday Places artists, from left: Yannick Lowery, Qiaira Riley, Lori Waselchuk, and Irene Osorio

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About Barnes West

Serving West Philadelphia since 2018, Barnes West is designed to enrich lives and communities through shared art experiences and access. Building upon our community engagement work and HopePHL’s (formerly People’s Emergency Center) LoLa 38 creative-placemaking initiative, Barnes West presents multifaceted arts programming to connect West Philly residents with art in their own neighborhoods. This collaboration brings artists, residents, and business owners together in celebrating culture, creativity, and community voice—promoting lifelong appreciation of, and participation in, the arts and cultural life of our city.

What’s On

First Friday on the Move
August 2 · November 1

Join Barnes West and Ultra Silk Gallery for engaging conversations, art, wine, light bites, and lively performances at the Barnes Foundation on select First Fridays in 2024.

Here’s what’s in store:

  • 5:30pm Gallery talk, wine, and light refreshments at Ultra Silk
  • 7pm Chartered bus pickup from Ultra Silk and travel to the Barnes
  • 7:15 9pm First Friday at the Barnes, featuring live music and access to the collection galleries and special exhibitions
  • 9pm Chartered bus pickup from the Barnes and travel to Ultra Silk

Registration for First Friday on the Move opens the Monday before each event. Check back in July to register!

2024 Everyday Places Artist Partnerships

Everyday Places Artist Partnerships highlight the intersection of art and community and create spaces where residents can participate in art experiences in their neighborhood. This year, social impact artists will once again partner with “everyday” places in West Philadelphia—including local businesses and community organizations—to create interactive projects that engage with the spaces and their neighbors.

This year's Everyday Places artists have been selected! See who’s coming to your neighborhood this summer. More details about projects, dates, and times will be available soon.

Irene Osorio at Dyke+ ArtHaus

Sewing Our Stories

Irene Osorio (she/her) will lead a series of sustainability-focused mending workshops at Dyke+ ArtHaus, a community-driven, feminist home for queer and lesbian artists of West Philadelphia. Osorio’s workshops will allow neighbors and residents to drop in to repair, mend, or upcycle clothing, fabrics, and other items. Register

Qiaira Riley & Yannick Lowery at The Arts League

Shaking the Table

Multidisciplinary artists Qiaira Riley (she/her) and Yannick Lowery (he/him) will work as an artist collective to lead a series of interdisciplinary workshops and community meals at The Arts League. Titled “Shaking the Table,” the series will explore the collective and personal relationships people have with Black ephemera and popular culture through art making and food. Register

Lori Waselchuk at Writers Room

Them That Do

Photographer and educator Lori Waselchuk (she/her) will partner with Drexel’s Writers Room to organize and facilitate community photography workshops and a photo walk that highlights neighborhood leaders, amplifies local knowledge, and documents community-building. She will collaborate with community organizers and a hyperlocal mutual-aid project to capture and share current happenings in West Philly. Register

Everyday Places Artist Partnerships in the News

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Learn more about Everyday Places Artist Partnerships:

2023 Everyday Places Artists:
Elicia Epstein collaborated with West Philly residents on archival research, a community bike ride, and a zine at Neighborhood Bike Works.
Isaiah Reese taught flower arrangement and botanical workshops at the Silk Tent and Ultra Silk Gallery.
Meghan Tranauskas hosted ceramics workshops on vessel making at Dyke+ ArtHaus.
Pili X led a series of photo walks focusing on historical and contemporary documentation of West Philly in partnership with Get Fresh Daily’s Freedom Greens + Gardens.

Sponsors

Barnes West is supported by the William Penn Foundation, PECO, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. Lead support for community engagement and family programs at the Barnes is provided through the Comcast Center for Community Engagement at the Barnes. Generous endowment support for community engagement programs is provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), and additional annual support for these programs comes from generous individual, corporate, and foundation donors.