In 1978, Drayton and Jane Smith, and John Francis Marion founded the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery. The Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and was established to support the cemetery. The mission of the Friends is to preserve, protect, and promote the historical and visual character of Laurel Hill Cemetery through progressive interpretation, education, and fundraising. In addition to developing and implementing educational programs at the cemetery, the Friends sponsor special events, including Laurel Hill’s famous Halloween festivities, and offer both public and private tours of the site, often in collaboration with local school, nonprofit groups, and historical organizations.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. The Magic Gardens site, Zagar’s largest artwork, includes a fully tiled indoor space and a massive outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia’s famous South Street. Inside, visitors can view folk art statues, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, Zagar’s hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The installation pays tribute to Zagar’s artistic influences, along with community and personal experiences.
In 2015 The Print Center celebrated a century of encouraging the growth and understanding of photography and printmaking as vital contemporary arts through exhibitions, publications and educational programs. Free and open to the public, it presents changing exhibitions which highlight established and emerging, local, national and international contemporary artists. It mounts one of the oldest art competitions in the country, now over 90 years old and the Gallery Store offers the largest selection of contemporary prints and photographs available for sale in Philadelphia.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) encourages international artists at all stages of their careers to experiment with new materials and media in a veritable living laboratory working with studio staff, educators and apprentices. Through its renowned Artist-in-Residence Program, FWM’s collaborative process continues to build a collection and archive that preserve and document the course of artistic production from inspiration to realization. An ambitious program of exhibitions and publications, a dynamic website, and wide-ranging educational programming enhance FWM’s commitment to conveying a story of contemporary art that highlights process with finished works of art for a broad national and international audience.