Arts & Cultural COVID-19 Resources

The impact of COVID –19 has had lasting effects on the city of Philadelphia, our nation, and countries far and wide.


In times of global distress, Philadelphia is here for you.

The National Liberty Museum is your home for heroes. We pride ourselves in bringing liberty to light. We do so through a curated collection of artworks that share stories of people whose character and courage have expanded liberty for all.

Our team works hard to inspire and encourage our visitors to explore liberty as an ongoing human quest we all share. In times like these we are more than just a team; we are a family and we are a part of a much larger picture; the community.

We would like to take this time to thank you for being an important member of the NLM community.

To show our gratitude, The National Liberty Museum has pulled together a curated list of resources that benefit not only our city of Brotherly and Sisterly love, but the artists and cultural institutions across the globe.

Resources for Individual Artists & Cultural Institution

• Female Artists over 40 in the U.S: Annonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant
• Artists Living In These 9 States: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Grants for Artists
• Organizations Operating Out Of These 9 States: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Grants for Organizations
• National Endowment of the Arts: Relief Resources, Opportunities, & FAQs
• Artists Impacted by COVID-19 Closure & Cancellations: Artly World Nonprofit Arts Relief Project
• BIPOC Artists & Cultural Leaders (Black, Indigenous, People of Color): Arts and Culture of Color Emergency Fund
• Queer Writers of Color: Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
• Craft Artists: CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund
• Individual Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists, & Book Writers: Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Grant
• Visual and Media Artists and Choreographers: The Rauschenberg Emergency Grant
• Artists Living In The U.S: Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
• Curatorial Arts: Kinkade Family Foundation Emergency Grant for Curators
• Professionals In The Creative Arts: Max’s Kansas City Project Emergency Grant
• U.S Musicians Of Any Genre: Musicians Foundation
• Writers in the U.S: PEN American Writers’ Emergency Fund
• Self-Employed Photographers: Format’s Photographer Fund
New York Foundation for the Arts Emergency Grants
• Musicians & Music Industry Workers: Sweet Relief Musician Fund
• Artists & Organizations Impacted by COVID-19: Twenty Summers Emergency Arts Fund
• Documentarians: American Documentary COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund
• Independent Artists & Activists: The Soze Foundation, Task Force, & Invisible Hand Artists & Activists Relief Fund
• Workers of the Entertainment Technology Industry Impacted by COVID-19: Behind TheScenes Grant
• Art Technicians: DIETL International Art Handlers Assistance
• Freelance Artists: Freelancers Union Freelancers Relief Fund
• Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists, & Librettists: Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation Idea Awards COVID-19 Response Grant Lottery Entry Form
• Freelancers, Service Industry, and Gig Economy Workers: Leveler Peer to Peer Wealth Distribution
• Creators Impacted by COVID-19: Patreon’s What The Fund
• American Authors: Carnegie Fund for Authors
• Genre Writers: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical Fund
• Freelance Writers: American Society of Journalists and Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
• Music Industry Professionals Impacted by COVID-19: MusiCares Foundation Financial & Addiction Recovery Assistance
• Independent Artist & Organizational Grants: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
• Comic Books Writers, Pencilers, Inkers, Colorists, & Letterers: The Hero Initiative
• Artists in the U.S: The Artist Relief Initiative
• Artists & Cultural Strategists: The Opportunity Agenda’s Creative Change COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Stipends

 

Strength & Fragility Exhibition Now Open

Strength & Fragility: The Story of the NLM highlights the life of the Museum’s founder Irvin J. Borowsky, and how his belief in universal equality and liberty, as well as his passion for contemporary glass art, led to the creation of the National Liberty Museum. Strength & Fragility includes engaging archival material, stunning glass artwork, and immersive soundscapes. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a magnificent 9-foot-high glass canopy by Ulla Darni, entitled “The Peace Portal.” It features a custom sound bath experience, Seeds of Love, written and produced by Philadelphia-based sound artist Luna Maye, in collaboration with composer Alfiya Glow.

You'll find complete information here.

Art that acts as Social Commentary

The Graphic Content exhibition features graphic-centered artworks that take inspiration from counterculture tradition and give voice to those outside the mainstream. It features works that embody the artists' personal reflections on the current social and political climate.

The exhibition is on view through November 7, 2021
Learn more and purchase your Museum tickets now.

The artform of cartooning celebrates diversity, liberty, and inclusion

As a companion piece to the Graphic Content Exhibition, the NLM has brought back select pieces from Caretoons, a popular annual exhibition/competition that ran from 2005-2010. Through drawings submitted by children, as well as amateur and professional artists from around the world, the images in Caretoons grapple with contemporary issues through the approachable lens of cartoons and graphic art.

Click here to learn more and purchase your Museum tickets.

An exhibition celebrating NLM Award Winners

Since the NLM’s founding, a major component of our work has been our series of annual awards programs honoring the everyday heroes who live among us. This exhibition celebrates teachers, students, police officers, firefighters & first-responders, and healthcare professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and made a difference in the lives of others.

Click here to learn more and purchase Museum tickets.

Programs for Kids & Families

The NLM offers a full calendar of virtual and on-site programs for kids and their families. We invite you to join us as we explore the themes of respect, taking action and spreading liberty to all. Check out our exciting list of summer events.


                                                Special Thanks to the Satell Institute for sponsoring
                                            these FREE summer workshops:
Click here for dates and times.

-Beyond Wakanda: Black Superheroes from Comics to Real Life (for Kids 8-12), A FOUR-DAY workshop.
-Tik Tok Liberty (for teens), A FOUR-DAY workshop over a four week period.
-The Power of Art: Express Yourself (Teens age 14-18), A TWO-DAY workshop.

Events at NLM

The NLM hosts a robust calendar of programs and events for adults, from thought-provoking panel discussions to fun and engaging tours and workshops.

To see what's happening this summer, click here.


For special evening adult programs, visit NLM@Night.

Virtual Guided Group Tours now available

Here's a great way to enjoy the NLM. Our staff will lead you on a virtual tour of the Museum, as they explain our history, our mission, and our special exhibitions. We offer a range of virtual guided tour themes or we can customize a tour specifically for your group.

You'll find complete information here.

Support the Next Generation of Heroes

Each school year, we send NLM educators directly into Philadelphia’s most underserved schools to teach students critical leadership skills, such as courage, integrity, responsibility, respect, and most important, empathy. We show them that they have the power through their First Amendment Rights to use these skills to make positive changes in their school and community.

Help us continue to bring this program to as many students as possible.
Click here to donate now.

Police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders are honored

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 15th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers, via a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The event included several notable keynote speakers and was attended by the honorees, their families and colleagues,

Learn more here about their impressive and inspirational stories.


NLM Honors Medical Professionals

The National Liberty Museum is proud to host its annual Healthcare Heroes Awards, presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. This international awards program recognizes inspirational heroes in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have profoundly benefited their patients, their field, and the global community.

The 2020 Awards Ceremony was held virtually on December 3.
Click here to learn about the honorees.

NLM honors 14 inspiring students from across the country

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 20th annual TD Bank Young Heroes Awards with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 12. The ceremony honored 14 inspiring students, ages 18 and younger, who identified an area where liberty was lacking and took action to make positive change in their local schools or communities.

Learn about these amazing young people here.