Picturing Philadelphia's Heritage: Young Artists at Work


About the Exhibition

This exhibition highlights the creativity of young artists in celebration of Philadelphia as a "World Heritage City." Artworks made by students in kindergarten through seventh grade explore the meaning of community and one's cultural heritage. Students were inspired by the city's historic landmarks, buildings in their community, local parks, native plants and animals, team mascots, favorite foods, family traditions, and Philadelphia artists from Woodmere's collection to create artworks that reflect their Philly roots.

Philadelphia, with Independence Hall as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, became the first World Heritage City in the United States in 2015. Independence Hall, the rich array of historic buildings and cultural sites, and its sixty-seven National Historic Landmarks distinguish Philadelphia globally. As a World Heritage City, Philadelphia is recognized for its unique neighborhoods and international communities that are "woven together to form a truly diverse city of global distinction."

Woodmere's artists and educators, Isabella Africa, Andrew Christman, and Marta Sanchez, worked with students from schools in a variety of Philadelphia neighborhoods. Many thanks to the teachers for their support and generosity of time in making this program possible. Students from the following schools participated in this program:

                    Mary McLeod Bethune School

                    Samuel Gompers Schoool

                    Anna L. Lingelbach Elementary School

                    Alexander K. McClure Elementary School

                    Solomon Solis-Cohen School

Picturing Philadelphia's Heritage: Young Artists at Work is presented in partnership between Woodmere Art Museum and Global Philadelphia Association.