Association for Public Art's Museum Without Walls in USA Today

18 Nov 2011


The Association for Public Art's Museum Without Walls AUDIO launch event at Philadelphia's LOVE Park, June 10, 2010. Pictured: Robert Indiana, LOVE, 1976. Photo by Albert Yee.

In fall 2011, the Association for Public Art (aPA) was featured in USA Today Travel. The article made mention of aPA's Museum Without Walls project, which received support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in 2009 and 2011.

USA Today wrote: "This group started in 1872 to integrate sculpture into the city, and is the main reason Philadelphia is now said to have more public art than any other city. Visitors can download MP3s or use a cellphone for tours of the city's extensive sculpture collection, which is overseen by the association." Read more >

The Center awarded aPA a grant in 2011 to build upon the successes of its Museum Without Walls program through the power of social media and smart phone technology. By using these platforms, aPA began engaging audiences by allowing them to record their own stories and experiences through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. While the initial program was a wonderful way to share the stories of aPA's vast displays of public art, the addition to it has allowed visitors to enhance their experience by becoming part of the message and dialogue themselves.