Located in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, the Painted Bride Art Center is a presenting arts organization founded in 1969 by a group of recent graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts, a part of what has become known as the Alternative Art Space movement. This movement sought to emphasize the contributions of artists that were underrepresented in larger commercial circles (such as women, gay & lesbian artists, and people of color) and to allow artists greater creative control over their work.
The Painted Bride emphasizes collaboration with new and established artists to create new, socially relevant and compelling works of art. It is focused on emerging trends in the arts, fostering a genuine exchange of ideas between artists of all genres. Its season features presentations of music (with an emphasis on jazz and world music), comedy, dance, theatre, visual art and multimedia presentations.
In addition to its programming activities, the Bride offers several educational and community outreach programs aimed at developing interest and involvement in the arts among Philadelphia’s youth.
Painted Bride Art Center Information
- Public Transportation: Good (accessible by subway as well as a number of Septabus routes)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 70 performances annually
- Ticket Prices: Vary ($10-30) depending on event.