Can’t get to the Philly Art Museum this summer? No problem, Montgomery County. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is bringing art to you.
Inside Out is a special program through which reproductions of classical works of art from the Museum’s collection are being displayed outdoors throughout the Philadelphia region—with some key stops in Montgomery County.
Transformative and thought-provoking works—from Monet, Rivera, Moran, Turner and more—will be on display in and on courthouse walls, schools, local businesses, libraries, arts organizations, sidewalk areas, gardens and parks. The Inside Out program will run for two years, across 22 different local neighborhoods, providing a free, casual, beautifying, and educational way for art to be shared with the greater public in Philadelphia and the greater Philadelphia region.
“The goal of the program is to encourage spontaneous interactions with art and add to the vitality of communities in the five county regions,” says a Museum representative. Communities may help to meet this goal by scheduling walking tours, bicycling tours, and visits for a variety of different groups of all ages in participating communities.
Participating communities receive eight to 12 reproductions for three-month exhibitions installed on both private and public property. Museum representatives and community representatives select the locations according to criteria set forth in the program. Reproductions are installed outdoors as free-standing displays on 4×4 inch posts, or they are mounted on the sides of buildings.
The Inside Out program is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. According to the Museum’s representative, “Communities were selected based on their ability to support Inside Out on a local level, with the goal of collaborating with the five-county region over the two-year project. Communities in 2015 have enthusiastic local partners and ample places for outdoor art!”
Montgomery County’s inclusion in this program falls squarely in line with its ten-year cultural plan to catalyze cultural and economic development of its diverse communities. Fall exhibitions will be featured from August 2015 through November 2015 in the communities of Ambler and Norristown. (Other participating communities outside of Montgomery County include West Chester, Wayne, and the Kensington/Fishtown sections of Philadelphia.)
Fall installations will occur on the following dates, and exhibitions will be maintained through November 2015:
Thursday Aug 13th – West Chester
Friday Aug 14th – West Chester
Monday Aug 17th – Ambler
Tuesday Aug 18th – Wayne
Wednesday Aug 19th – Wayne
Thursday Aug 20th – Norristown
Friday Aug 21st – Fishtown
Monday, Aug 24th – Fishtown
Tuesday, Aug 25th – Back Up Date
Local municipalities and arts organizations will arrange activities and provide information relating to their respective pieces of art. In addition to the respective exhibitions, the Museum is hosting Free Zip Code Weekends, during which citizens of the participating communities may visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, free-of-charge. The Free Zip Code Weekend for fall Inside Out community members takes place from October 16 through October 18. Free Zip Code Weekends provide general admission to The Philadelphia Museum of Art and any of its properties, including The Pearlman Building and The Rodin Museum.
For more information about Inside Out and/or to learn about local tours, events and happenings in the participating communities, please visit: