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PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: The Art of Women

Free / Family / Social / Performance

Sunday, February 2, 10am – 5pm


Free, with priority access for families with children under 18. Tickets are available on-site starting at 10am.

About the Event

It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means free admission at the Barnes!

Explore the galleries, and enjoy a fun-filled day of music, art making, and storytelling. Today, we're spotlighting women in the arts and business to celebrate our upcoming exhibition on Marie Cuttoli, a visionary entrepreneur who revived the art of tapestry for the modern era.


Maori Holmes, director of the BlackStar Film Festival, joins today’s panel of Philly women in the arts.

What’s On

10am – 4pm

Art Making

Create watercolor paintings that resemble stained glass; make quilt squares inspired by works by women artists in the Barnes collection, and more.

Activities change throughout the day.

10:30am, 11:15am


Ms. Pam and Ms. Martina from Baby Wordplay share multicultural stories and fun sing-alongs that bring them to life.

1 – 2:30pm

Music: Sistahs Laying Down Hands

Sistahs Laying Down Hands⁠—a collective of drummers, dancers, and poets⁠—perform jazz, spirituals, and more. Lead by percussionist and artistic director Karen L. Smith (below), the group invites audience participation.

3 – 4:30pm

Talk: Women in the Business of Art

Leaders of arts-related businesses in Philadelphia share their work and perspectives as entrepreneurs. Panelists include:

Rebecca Fisher, cofounder of Beyond the Bell Tours
Dorothea Gamble, cofounder, co-owner, and CEO of Trunc Artisans
Maori Holmes, director of the BlackStar Film Festival
Anula Shetty, media artist and co-director of Termite TV Collective