The Barnes offers free admission and programs 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 Free Sundays, 10 am–5 pm; programming 1–4 pm
Free First Sunday
Sunday, May 1, 1–4 pm
1–4 pm hands-on ArtSee Activities: Awesome Architecture
What a building! After observing and sketching fascinating architectural details in our building, construct your own diorama of the Barnes collection and design your own Parkway building bag.
2–3 pm performances by Public Citizens for Children and Youth's Picasso Project
Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) improves the lives of Philadelphia children by advocating for quality health care, child care, public education, and family stability. PCCY established the Picasso Project to bring the arts to Philadelphia public schools with small grants for innovative, teacher-implemented projects. Three of those projects will be highlighted today.
Emerging Artist Youth Café: Voices for Change
Fitler Academics Plus students and World Café's LiveConnections channel student voices for social change through hip-hop dance, Brazilian percussion, original spoken word poetry, and Latin dance.
A Day in My Life: 2016/2026
Houston Elementary School partnered with local musicians from Hip Hop Fundamentals to enhance literacy skills through songwriting. Students' songs envision the future and address the issues they face in school and in their communities.
The Curtis Institute helped reestablish the music program at South Philadelphia High School and worked with students to stage a performance of the musical Dream Girls.
3:30–4:30 pm lecture by Martha Lucy: What Did Picasso See in Renoir? (Comcast Auditorium)
In the early 1920s Picasso developed a strange brand of classicism, filling his canvases with hulking human bodies bearing massive limbs and serene expressions. Looking closely at these paintings, Deputy Director for Education & Public Programs and Curator Martha Lucy explores their connection to the late work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Though Renoir's late paintings are often derided by critics today, they were undeniably important for Picasso and other artistic giants of the early 20th century.
3:30-4:30 pm lecture by Susan Rosenberg: Creative Collaborations in the Work of Trisha Brown (Seminar A)
Susan Rosenberg, the scholar-in-residence at the Trisha Brown Dance Company, discusses choreographer Tricia Brown's collaborations with visual and sound artists, her staged performances between 1979 and 2012, her drawings, and her work in opera. This talk underscores Brown's distinctive approach to music and to her work's staging, emotion, and narrative.
Free First Sundays are generously presented by PECO.
Tickets are limited and available on a first come-first served basis. This offer is limited to tickets for two adults and two children per transaction.
Free First Sunday tickets include access to the Collection Gallery, exhibitions, and any programs taking place that day.
The Barnes Foundation and PECO look forward to welcoming you to Free First Sunday!