What is Art in City Hall
The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy (OACCE) invites Philadelphia’s cultural community to present proposals to exhibit art in display cases on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of historic City Hall.
Art in City Hall is an exhibits program that transforms the public corridors of City Hall into a platform for the arts. It provides an opportunity for Philadelphia’s diverse cultural organizations to present their artistic expressions and utilize the visual arts to amplify community voices, foster healing and community dialogue in the most important civic building in the city – The People’s Building. The program is committed to presenting a wide range of ideas and artistic explorations to showcase the important role the arts play in our communities.
Local nonprofits and cultural organizations are invited to submit proposals. Collaborations between organizations and other partners, such as with local schools are welcomed, but one organization needs to lead the application process. Artists do not have to live in Philadelphia but including artists from the region is strongly encouraged. Artists can be self-taught or professionally trained.
We do not present solo exhibitions and encourage the organizations to select enough artists to utilize all the display cases in City Hall.
12 exhibit display cases are located on the Second, Third, and Fourth Floors of City Hall near the offices of the Mayor, City Council, and City Council Chambers.
There are four exhibit opportunities year round.
- May – July
- August – October
- November – January
- February - April
Exhibition Installation and Programming
Participating organizations are expected to deliver and install the exhibition and supply all exhibition hardware and printed materials. They are also expected to plan ONE educational program that complements the exhibition. OACCE may assist the partner organizations in the development and coordination of the exhibit programming, but the organization is responsible for all expenses for the events.
City Hall Hours
City Hall is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed on weekends and holidays. Visitors must sign in at the Northeast corner Visitor’s Entrance, have personal belongings checked, and follow COVID protocols.