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PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: African-Caribbean Roots

Free / Family / Film / Music / Social / Performance

Sunday, September 1, 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! Visitors have access to the collection and special exhibition, plus all our family activities and entertainment.

Celebrate the traditions of Philadelphia’s African-Caribbean communities! Explore these cultures through music, dance, and art, guided by local storytellers, artists, and performers.

What’s On

10am – 4pm

Art Making

Learn how to make traditional dolls and small musical instruments, and craft colorful collages from tissue paper.

Activities change throughout the day.

10:30am, 11:15am


Join us for multicultural stories and fun sing-alongs that bring them to life.

12 – 1:30pm

Film Screening: Bill Viola

As part of this summer’s special exhibition on Bill Viola, catch a free screening of the artist’s 1986 feature-length work I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like in the Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium.

12 – 2pm

Open Studio: Leroy Johnson

Drop by the Mural Arts Studio to meet mixed-media artist Leroy Johnson and learn more about his creative work. Leroy was selected for residency at the Barnes as a part of our Let’s Connect project.

Saxophonist Mike Monford will also be there, adding his creative sound—a fusion of bebop, hip-hop, and avant-garde jazz.

Johnson’s Barnes-inspired artwork

1 – 3pm

Performance: Intercultural Journeys

Intercultural Journeys presents Modupúe | Ibaye, an interactive performance exploring the Yoruba culture of West Africa and the Caribbean. An intergenerational cast of Philadelphia’s Yoruba-rooted artists, dancers, and musicians explore the diverse expressions of their worldwide diaspora.

Modupúe | Ibaye: The Philadelphia Yoruba Performance Project has been supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

1 – 4pm

Interactive Art: Renegade Company

The Renegade Company returns to the Barnes with an interactive mix of story, art, and craft. You’re invited to take part in a re-creation of Matisse’s iconic painting The Joy of Life, using hands-on weaving techniques. Hear folk stories inspired by the art as you work.

Come back in October to see the progress, and celebrate the finished piece on November 3 with a joyful dance performance that brings the art to life.

Henri Matisse. The Joy of Life (Le Bonheur de vivre), between October 1905 and March 1906. BF719. © 2019 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society, New York

Getting Tickets

Free tickets are available on-site at 10am, include collection access, and are limited to four per person. Families with children under 18 get priority access to the collection at the time of arrival. Tickets go fast, but you don’t need one to enjoy our other activities and performances. Just drop by anytime during the day!

Did you know? ACCESS cardholders get in free every day.


Free First Sunday Family Days are generously presented by: