The Barnes Then and Now conversation series brings together scholars and cultural leaders to reflect on the state of the Barnes 100 years after our founding.
In this dialogue, Mural Arts Philadelphia director Jane Golden and Val Gay, deputy director for audience engagement & chief experience officer at the Barnes, explore the egalitarian beliefs underpinning Albert Barnes’s creation of the Foundation in 1922. Why was Dr. Barnes so convinced his educational program would further democracy? What responsibility do cultural organizations have today in the fight for social justice?
(From left, Jane Golden, Valerie Gay, and Roxanne Patel Shepelavy)