Philly: ​Murals and Artists and Libraries (or Archives), oh my!

Happy New Year! Today we’d like to tell you about some of the exciting tours we have lined up for the 2018 conference. Covered here are Tours #1, #2, and #5 as listed on the registration form.

TOUR #1 Tuesday, March 27th from 10:30am-12:00pm. Tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Library and Archives. This tour is free, but space is limited to 25 people. To register for this tour click here. Shepherded by Allan Kohl, a unique opportunity for a Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Library & Archives Department. PMA Librarians will provide a tour of the Library & Archives spaces, offices and the photographing services area. Not to be missed, attendees will observe artifacts from their Archive, and get a glimpse into the other departments and treasures of the PMA Library & Archives areas not usually shown to the public. To register for this tour, click here.

Please note that participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the PMA Library & Archives at the Perelman Building (this is the building across from the PMA—the Library & Archives are not in the main building, originally the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company Building).

Here are some options:
Public transit: #32 Bus from Juniper and Commerce Streets to Pennsylvania Ave & Fairmount Ave stop. Cost: $2.50 per ride. Allow a minimum of 20 minutes each way.
Lyft: Approximate cost $10 per person for the trip to the Perelman Building and back to the Hotel. The cost is indicative of approximately 4 passengers in a vehicle. The Board will arrange for the Lyft service. Allow a minimum of 15 minutes each way.
Walking: Distance 1.7 miles from conference hotel. Allow at least 30-40 minutes each direction.

TOUR #2 Thursday, March 29 from 2:15-5:15pm. Follow up our keynote speaker, Jane Golden, with a tour of her labor of love. This tour costs $35.00, and is limited to 25 people. Viewing all of the murals supported by Mural Arts Philadelphia could take days and days, but in just a few hours you will get to know a number of them on the Masterpieces East trolley tour which will take you through parts of North Philadelphia and Center City to the east of Broad Street. You will see murals such as Common Threads by Meg Salesman, The Stamp of Incarceration: James Anderson by Shepard Fairey, and Start From Here by Tin Wei Lin. The tour will leave from and return to the Loews Hotel Lobby. Bring your camera and be ready to explore a portion of the mural arts collection via the dry and toasty mural arts trolley. The public tour season does not start up again until April, so be sure not to miss this opportunity! To register for this tour, click here.

TOUR #5 Friday, March 30 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm.

Todd Arsenault, Untitled, Oil painting, 2012

Reserve your Friday afternoon for Artists’ Studio Tours in the Grays Ferry Area. The Tour is free, but space is limited to 15 people. Shepherded by Jen Kniesch, an opportunity to have a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Artists’ Studios from local artists Todd Arsenault, Kris Benedict and Lindsay Deifik. Lindsay Deifik will showcase her prints, fabrics, drawings and sculptural processes and techniques, while Kris Benedict and Todd Arsenault, who share a studio, will provide a show-and-tell of their painterly figurative and abstract works and discuss their collaborative series. Don’t miss the chance to talk to local Philly artists! To register for this tour, click here.

Exact addresses will be given to participants at the conference and please note that participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the Artists’ Studios.
Public Transit: #12 Bus from Walnut and 12th Streets to Grays Ferry Avenue and 30th Street. Cost: $2.50 per ride. Allow a minimum of 25 minutes each way.
Lyft: Approximate cost $10 per person for the trip to the Grays Ferry Area and back to the Hotel. The cost is indicative of approximately 4 passengers in a vehicle. The Board will arrange for the Lyft service. Allow a minimum of 20 minutes each way.
Walking: Distance 2.5 miles from the conference hotel. Allow 60 minutes each direction.