The Fleisher Years at City Hall

August 1, 2023 - October 13, 2023

City Hall, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Floors NE corner

Art In City Hall presents The Fleisher Years: 1898-2023, Celebrating 125 Years of Art + Access in Philadelphia, an exhibit organized by the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, a cultural anchor for art and creativity in South Philadelphia. In honor of its 125th anniversary, The Fleisher Years highlights art from its many core programs for professional artists, adults, and children. The exhibit is featured in display cases on the second, third, and fourth floors of City Hall near the Offices of the Mayor and City Council. Visitors can sign in at the Northeast Corner Visitors Entrance to go upstairs. Learn more on the OACCE website.

Since its founding in 1898 by industrialist Samuel S. Fleisher, our community art school has remained committed to its mission of providing access to art for everyone, regardless of economics or experience. Generations of Philadelphians have grown up in Fleisher’s classrooms, while others have come to our studios mid-life to learn new skills and build a network of collaborating artists. Fleisher has served as a creative launch pad for renowned artists such as printmaker Dox Thrash, architect Louis Kahn, and musician Black Thought of the Roots.

The breadth and depth of Fleisher’s core initiatives on display at City Hall include: the Community Partnerships in the Arts (CPA) program for children and youth; the ColorWheels mobile art studio; the Adult Education program, highlighting portrait painting with artist Bernard Collins;  the Creative Aging project, ARTE PUBLICO POR LA PUBLICA, led by artist Miguel Horn; 360 Culture Lab collaborations with Casa de Venezuela and Modero & Company (an Indonesian dance company); the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration organized by La Calaca Flaca, a Latinx community organization; the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series, spotlighting the art of Jessica Curtaz; and Fleisher’s Teen Lounge, an after-school art space where teens can explore their unique creative voices in a community of young artists and adult artist mentors.

“For me it’s a safe space, a place I can be creative with peers and just have fun.” -Teen Lounge participant

In its 125th year, Fleisher remains a prominent and thriving community arts center and safe space for creativity. It’s celebrated as one of the first in the nation that continues to make the arts more accessible for over 16,000 Philadelphians annually, including children and youth from Philadelphia’s public schools.

The Fleisher Years runs through October 13, 2023.