About the Event
It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means free admission at the Barnes. This month, we’re partnering with the Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University—highlighting their graphic novel and exhibition BLAM! (Black Lives Always Mattered!). Look between the lines and find hidden stories in our galleries and learn more with our fun family activities. Plus, see the collection in our main galleries and visit our special exhibition, Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die).
PECO Free First Family Day is part of Wawa Welcome America’s Free Museum Days.
Before your visit, see our current safety guidelines.
10am – 4pm
Join us for art activities, a scavenger hunt, and play that celebrates close looking. Perfect for the whole family—ages 2 and up.
10:30 – 11am; 11:15 – 11:45am
Baby Wordplay brings stories and fun for ages 2 and up. This month’s theme is all about reading and writing!
10am – 4pm
BLAM! Pop-Up Exhibition
Black Lives Always Mattered! is a seminal graphic novel that presents the history and impact of 14 Black Philadelphians and features artwork from some of the comic book industry’s finest talents. Explore this project—created by the Blockson Collection and funded by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage—through a series of pop-up panel displays and an interactive online exhibition.
2 – 2:30pm
2020–21 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate Cydney Brown uses her spoken word to tackle issues like race and privilege. Join us for a reading that features powerful imagery and a push for change.
2:30 – 3:30pm
BLAM! Panel Discussion
Join us for a lively conversation, moderated by Malik Boyd, featuring BLAM! artists and seasoned comic book illustrators and visual artists Eric Battle, Akinseye Brown, and Nancy Devard.
Free First Sunday Family Days at the Barnes
PECO Free First Sunday Family Day events offer no-cost admission to the collection galleries as well as an array of family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, musical performances, and interactive workshops.