ASSOCIATION FOR PUBLIC ART (aPA)

Art for Everyone, Anytime

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.associationforpublicart.org

Mission

The Association for Public Art (aPA, formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association) is the nation's first private, nonprofit organization dedicated to integrating public art and urban planning. Established in 1872, the Association commissions, preserves, interprets, and promotes public art in Philadelphia.

Ruling year info

1952

Executive Director and Chief Curator

Penny Balkin Bach

Assistant Director

Laura S. Griffith

Main address

1528 Walnut Street Suite 1000

Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA

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Formerly known as

Fairmount Park Art Association

EIN

23-1367631

NTEE code info

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

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Award-winning Museum Without Walls™ AUDIO interpretive Program

Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is the Association for Public Art's award-winning outdoor sculpture interpretive program. A "multi-platform" interactive audio experience - available for free by cell phone, audio download, mobile app, or on the web - Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO uncovers the histories of Philadelphia's outstanding collection of public art.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Over the years, the Association for Public Art (aPA) has commissioned, purchased, and placed an impressive selection of sculpture in various settings throughout Philadelphia.

These artworks parallel the history of American sculpture, ideals, and patronage and include historic masterworks by Alexander Milne Calder, Alexander Stirling Calder, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Frederic Remington, and Daniel Chester French; modern sculptures by renowned artists Paul Manship, Jacques Lipchitz, Isamu Noguchi, and Henry Moore; and contemporary works by Martin Puryear, Siah Armajani, Mark di Suvero, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Candy Coated, and Roxy Paine. Thanks to the efforts of the Association and other public art agencies, Philadelphia boasts one of the largest collections of public art of any American city.

Our work in public spaces has continuously evolved over time in response to current art making practice, and we often develop projects around specific themes or goals that advance community needs or civic issues that otherwise would not be addressed. The aPA explores new directions in public art to give broader perspectives to the public environment and greater opportunities for artists.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Concern for the condition of Philadelphia’s bronze and stone sculptures led the aPA to initiate a pilot Sculpture Conservation Program in 1982, the first of its kind in the nation. With generous support from the Mabel Pew Myrin Trusts, a select group of sculptures of historic and artistic significance were identified including "Abraham Lincoln" (1871) by Randolph Rogers, "Cowboy" (1908) by Frederic Remington, and "Three Way Piece Number 1: Points" (1964) by Henry Moore to receive initial conservation treatment by professional conservator Steven Tatti of SAT Inc.

Philadelphia’s outdoor sculpture suffers from both acid rain and airborne chemical pollutants. Because of prevailing wind patterns, Pennsylvania receives some of the highest amounts of acidic precipitation in the nation. Even “durable” materials are no match for acid rain, and require ongoing conservation maintenance in order to arrest further deterioration and improve their aesthetic appearance. The aPA has been able to undertake an annual maintenance program since the initiation of the 1982 pilot Sculpture Conservation program. It is perhaps the longest continuously operating program of its kind in the country.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Philadelphia has one of the largest collections of outdoor sculpture of any American city, but many residents and visitors take this cultural resource for granted or it goes unnoticed. Because public art is accessible for free and on the street, it does not have any of the perceived barriers of museums or theaters – making it an ideal cultural gateway experience.

The Association for Public Art (aPA) promotes Philadelphia’s extraordinary collection of public art through its free public programs, events, social media channels, and other online tools, inviting Philadelphians and visitors to discover the city’s outdoor sculptures and connect to a shared cultural legacy. The aPA integrates public art and urban design through exemplary programs and advocacy efforts that connect people with public art.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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ASSOCIATION FOR PUBLIC ART (aPA)

Board of directors
as of 2/7/2022
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Board chair

Barbara Aronson

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Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

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