Jun 19, 2022 | 4:00pm–9:00pm EDT Past Event

Barnes on the Block

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    FREE (Food and Drinks are pay-as-you-go)

We’re back! Barnes on the Block presented by PNC Arts Alive, and in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia, returns for another round of outdoor fun for the entire family. This year’s celebration coincides with Juneteenth, Father’s Day, and the opening of our summer exhibition Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die). Meet us on the Parkway for visual art displays, family-friendly art making, live performances, food trucks, a beer garden, and more.

This event is free, but registration is required to access the Barnes collection and special exhibition. Registration for timed admission to the Barnes galleries will open at 10 am on Thursday, June 16 here.


Ken McFarlane’s From the Root to the Fruit projected on the Barnes, 2020. Photo by Jane Winkel


What’s On

  • Food trucks and beer garden, including Lil Pop ShopThai Jai DeeMary’s Mobile Diner, and the Munchy Machine
  • DJ sets by Oluwafemi
  • Performances by West Powelton Steppers & Drum Squad | Musicopia
  • Hip-hop and breaking performance by TAMEARTZ
  • Community drum circle with Karen Smith and friends
  • We Embrace Fatherhooda coalition of West Philadelphia fathers, activists, and artists, will present an outdoor public art installation celebrating Black fatherhood. This project, titled From the Root to the Fruit: Portraits of Black Fathers and Their Children, is by West Philadelphia–based photographer Ken McFarlane. This installation will be projected onto the facade of the Barnes Foundation at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 20th Street from 8:30 to 11 pm.


Live and Local Art: 4 – 8 pm

  • Go green with a planting and collaging activity at the Tiny Farm Wagon with Misty Sol
  • Explore the foundations of hip-hop and graffiti with TAMEARTZ
  • Get a personalized poem from Marshall James Kavanaugh and QuentinThePoet
  • Celebrate Juneteenth and decorate a custom lantern with Ken Johnston
  • Design a flower crown with Marcellus & Marvin
  • Practice screen printing and learn about the 13th Amendment with End the Exception
  • Play creatively with Fleisher Art Memorial’s ColorWheels Mobile Art Studio
  • Check out live mural painting by Donna Grace and Malachi Floyd, and Damon Bain of Mural Arts Philadelphia
  • Join chalk drawing with Lateisha Carter, Greg Christie, and Rachael Reyes Vasquez of Mural Arts Philadelphia
  • View a social justice–themed art installation created by students from Southwark School, Ludlow School, and Farrell School and Mural Arts Philadelphia with teaching artist Jamee Grigsby