Da Vinci Art Alliance Announces 2020 Da Vinci Fest

The multi-day celebration will include the creation of a new Philadelphia mural, a Da Vinci Derby, street festival, educational programming and more.


At a special launch party, the Da Vinci Art Alliance, alongside numerous renowned partnering institutions, announced the brand new Da Vinci Fest, which will make its Philadelphia debut in October 2020.  Named after Leonardo da Vinci, the festival will be a fun and captivating celebration for all ages as it explores the unquenchable curiosity of this Renaissance master. The Festival is thanks in part to a generous grant from PNC Arts Alive!


Famous for paintings, such as the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, Da Vinci also possessed a genius for technology, astronomy, engineering, botany, and more. Da Vinci challenged artists to ask big questions, ponder complex ideas, experiment with form, and create new ways of engaging with and sharing art.  With the support of local partners, Da Vinci Fest will celebrate how creativity manifests itself at the intersection of disciplines through events, exhibitions, and creative activities for the public.


Festivities at the first annual Da Vinci Fest are still in development, but will include the Da Vinci Derby, a pinewood derby race with a custom track built by Philadelphia’s leading product design firm The Bresslergroup; the creation of Creativity Is Just Connecting Things: A New Philly Mural painted on the DVAA building in Bella Vista in collaboration with our community, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Mural Arts; a Sculpture Garden at Palumbo Park; a Street Fair with food trucks and DVAA member crafts and fine art; Free Youth Programming from DVAA Artists, The Franklin Institute and Fleisher Art Memorial; an Astronomy Star Party and Interactive Art Projects with the Philly Moon Men and the Franklin Institute; new exhibitions at Da Vinci Art Alliance’s two historic galleries, Jefferson University Architecture, and Atria Center City; and the Innovation Storyslam in collaboration with First Person Arts. Da Vinci Art Alliance is currently accepting submissions for partnership programming to add to the vibrant fabric that will make Da Vinci Fest.


At the Da Vinci Fest Launch Party, DVAA’s Executive Director Jarrod Markman, Mural Arts, and Fleisher Art Memorial announced that a call for mural proposals will be open in January 2020. Guests were also provided a sneak-peak of the Da Vinci Derby track, custom made by the Bresslergroup. Do-it-yourself derby starter kits were also available for guests to make their own Derby Car in preparation for the Fest in October 2020.


Just over 30 organizations in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region were selected for bold thinking around increasing arts access and engagement and Da Vinci Art Alliance was one of them. “Through PNC Arts Alive, we continue to help invigorate local arts organizations while bringing new and exciting programs to our community,” said Joe Meterchick, PNC regional president for Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. “The creativity and collaboration demonstrated by the local arts community is evident in the programs that will be introduced, while enabling new visitors and residents alike to experience a diverse range of exhibits and performances.”


Details and more information about the festival can be found here: www.davincifest.org


ABOUT DA VINCI ART ALLIANCE: Founded by 9 Italian immigrant artists in 1931, Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) has continuously served as a space of creative refuge Our building in South Philadelphia was obtained in 1959 to provide community space and studio, and gallery spaces for our membership. DVAA members are a diverse group of adult creatives, including those with advanced degrees in their fields and those that are self-taught. Named the best place to buy affordable art (Philly Mag 2019), Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) builds community through 30+ free and engaging exhibitions annually and outreach programs for the public.


ABOUT PNC ARTS ALIVE: PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, multi-million dollar grant initiative of PNC and the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Now in its eleventh year, PNC Arts Alive challenges visual and performing arts organizations to put forth their best, most original thinking in expanding audience participation and engagement. A very prestigious grant, just over 30 organizations were selected in 2019–and this notably includes several first-time grantees, through a newly expanded PNC Arts Alive initiative designed to support smaller, community-based arts and cultural organizations whose programming directly benefits the neighborhoods in which they operate.

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