The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) recently issued its annual call to local artists, performers and arts groups to apply to participate in the 2019 season of Performances in Public Spaces.

An initiative of the city’s Arts in Action programs, Performances in Public Spaces is a free summer series of cultural performances in parks and plazas across Philadelphia neighborhoods. The annual series, which runs from May through October, is part of OACCE’s mission to support local artists while connecting Philadelphians of all ages to quality art experiences in their neighborhood. Performances in Public Spaces offers between $500 and $2,500 to Philadelphia artists to share their talent with Philadelphians in neighborhoods across the city.

Participating artist, Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou of “World Music with Daria,” shared her 2018 Performances in Public Spaces experience with the OACCE saying, “The Performances in Public Spaces initiative is a rare opportunity to not to just perform but connect with the diverse communities. I was partnered with the Tacony Watershed and was so impressed with their commitment that I will continue to work with them on related projects next year. Performances in Public Spaces does not just offer cultural experiences, it builds bridges.”

According to the OACCE, the 2018 season of Performances in Public Spaces included 45 free events produced by 16 participating artists individuals or groups. Fourteen of the participating artists were new to the Performances in Public Spaces initiative.

Performances have ranged from concerts in the City Hall Courtyard, contemporary dance and theater productions in Philadelphia parks and plazas, circus arts, storytelling, poetry, and other community cultural experiences.

“We are excited for the fifth year of Performances in Public Spaces,” said Chief Cultural Officer Kelly Lee. “As the initiative grows, we look forward to collaborating with new artists, public spaces and community members to provide access to quality cultural experiences and creative expression throughout Philadelphia.”

Philadelphia-based artists and arts organization of all performing arts disciplines are eligible to participate. Applicants will be asked to select performance locations from a provided list of 27 pre-approved sites. The deadline to apply for the 2019 Performances in Public Spaces series is Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 by 4 p.m. For an application form and guidelines, visit

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