Open Air Events


To kick-off each evening, at 8PM, select community groups and their messages are featured Nightly at the Project Information Center at Eakins Oval:

9.20 Opening featuring Rahzel, David Moss, Kai Davis and Jamarr Hall
9.21 Philadelphia Live Arts & Philly Fringe / Performers & Producers
9.22 Community Peace Night / Share Messages of Peace
9.23 The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam
9.24 The Best Day of My Life (So Far) / Storytelling Seniors
9.26 Young Involved Philadelphia / Civic Engagement & Empowerment 9.28 Grizzly Grizzly / Contemporary Artist Collective
9.29 Hispanic Heritage Night / featuring El Centro Cultural Mexicano
10.1 Franklin Paine’s Skatepark Fund / Advocating for Skaters
10.2 Planetarium on the Parkway / Moved to Oct 12 due to inclement weather
10.3 Project H.O.M.E. / None of us are Home until all of us are Home
10.4 Ubu Night / featuring Kenneth Goldsmith and Special Guests
10.5 Breadboard + NextFab Studio / Creative Applications of Technology 10.6 Family Night / Activities for Kids & Teens
10.7 Philly Youth Poetry Movement / Youth & the Power of their Voices 10.8 Women in Transition / Empowerment & Advocacy for Women
10.9 ArtReach / Arts Accessibility for All
10.10 Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia / Cycling Enthusiasts
10.11 The William Way Community Center / LGBT Community
10.12 Art Sanctuary / Drawing Inspiration from the Inner City
10.12 Planetarium on the Parkway / featuring Derrick Pitts at 8:30PM
10.13 Neighborhood Night / Local Residents Gathering
10.14 DesignPhiladelphia / Promoting Design & Innovation
10.14 Closing Night of OPEN AIR



The Opening Night Celebration is a FREE event on Thursday, Sept. 20, 7:30-11PM on the closed inner drive of the Parkway. The celebration will feature a performance by Grammy Award-winning acclaimed musician Rahzel, the “Godfather of Noyze” and a member of Philadelphia’s Legendary Roots Crew. Rahzel will set the Open Air lights in motion with his signature vocal ability to sing and rap while simultaneously beatboxing.

The celebration will also feature a performance by internationally renowned singer and composer David Moss, who will control the Open Air lights with his voice’s 4.5-octave range in the signature avant-garde style that has earned him accolades such as Berlin’s DAAD Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The festivities will include a live countdown and ceremonial lighting, with additional presentations by Open Air artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Association for Public Art Executive Director Penny Balkin Bach and emcee 6abc Action News Anchor Monica Malpass, plus a selection of local food trucks, including Lucky Old Souls, Foo Truck and Little Baby’s Ice Cream. Performances begins at 8:30PM


Sept 22, 2-4 PM. Van Pelt Auditorium, Philadelphia Museum of Art
A panel discussion exploring the possibilities of technology in the service of art to reinforce the public sphere as a site for the coexistence and intermingling of connective spectacle, alternative narratives, and individual agency. Panel participants include: Penny Balkin Bach, Executive Director, Association for Public Art; Steve Dietz, President and Artistic Director, Northern Lights, and Founding and Artistic Director, 01SJ Biennial; the artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer; and Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art. This program is supported by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Endowment Fund for Education.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
In conjunction with the Association for Public Art and the DesignPhiladelphia Festival, PennDesign is pleased to welcome Richard Sommer, Dean of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, in conversation with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, creator of the interactive public art project Open Air. Ken Lum, Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Fine Arts Program and noted public artist himself, will introduce and Penny Balkin Bach, Artistic and Executive Director of the Association for Public Art will moderate.
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