Philadelphia is home to an unparalleled collection of public art in every medium – sculptures, paintings, memorials, photographs, glass art, kinetic works, and murals. Over 650 of these artworks were commissioned through the City’s Percent for Art Programs. Sign up to receive Percent for Art related news. Click on the map below to explore these artworks.
PHDC (formerly PRA’s) Percent For Art Background:
The City of Philadelphia was the first city in the United States to adopt programs for acquiring and commissioning works of contemporary public art for new development. The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) pioneered the Percent for Art Program in March 1959, becoming the first program in the United States to make the commissioning of public art an integral part of any publicly funded development. The program has commissioned over 350 works of public art have been installed in all areas of the city. On October 14, 2020, PRA’s Board of Directors authorized the transfer of management and control of the Program to PHDC. The City of Philadelphia also has it’s own Percent for Art program that commissioned over 300 works of public art. More information can be found here.
Percent for Art Committee Members
Margot Berg (arts professional)
Ignacio Bunster-Ossa (landscape architect)
Catherine Califano (PHDC Board Member Appointee)
Karen Fegley (PHDC Board Discretionary Appointee)
Germaine Ingram (artist)
Christine Marsal (architect)
Louis Massiah (artist)
Nicole Pollard (arts professional)
Laura Spina (certified planner)
Daniel Tucker (arts professional)
Accra Zuberi (arts professional)
With questions or for more information contact Katherine Liss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Percent for Art Policy – September 15 2021: Review the full Percent for Art Program policy.
ARTisPHL is a competition for Philadelphia-based artists at all experience levels working in any medium. There were three rounds, with awards at each round: Ideas, Impact, and Implementation. To read more about the program and the talented artists that participated visit ArtisPHL.com.
PHDC and The Knight Foundation Announce the Three Final Awardees selected for Group 2, Round 3 of ARTisPHL – Public Art to Empower, Connect and Engage Communities
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