Philadelphia’s Freedom Exhibition Call to Artists

Exhibition on display in the Museum’s newly renovated Live Like a Hero Gallery
Summer/Fall 2020


Artist Applications for the Philadelphia’s Freedom Call to Artists are now closed. Opening Reception TBD.

The National Liberty Museum extends our sincere thanks to all of the artists from the City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love who submitted artwork based on your unique interpretation of freedom.

When the National Liberty Museum opened in 2000, our founder Irvin Borowsky proclaimed, “We, who are fortunate enough to live in the land of liberty, must protect it, preserve it and guard it for future generations.”

Since then the Museum has nestled into the historic district of Philadelphia, taking its place just a block away from Independence Hall, with a mission to reinforce the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity.

With the core beliefs of our founder and the concept of freedom in mind, the exhibition will reference the following questions:

  • What does celebrating your freedoms look like to you? Examples of freedom include:
    • Freedom to vote, marry, pray, gather, get an education, live freely, etc.
  • How is freedom protected for future generations?
    • Are there instances where our basic freedom have not been protected?
  • What iconic figures do you associate with the term freedom?
  • How does Philadelphia specifically provide freedoms within your creative process?
    • Affordability, locations, networking opportunities, communities within a little-big city, etc.
  • In the news and online, we see lots of restrictive words like quarantine, confine, isolate, etc.  How has your freedom been affected by COVID-19?

Please note that artists are invited to submit related works in any medium, including acrylic and oil painting, illustration, ceramic, glass, video, digital art, and much more. Links to deadlines and other important dates are provided below. Please review before submitting.

The NLM’s Artist Spotlight – Each week leading up to the announcement of the Philadelphia’s Freedom opening reception, the NLM will highlight an artist who has submitted the form for our Call to Artists . The NLM’s Artist Spotlights will be promoted on our website and social media platforms.

Want to be a featured artist? To participate, tap the button below to submit your artwork to our upcoming exhibition, Philadelphia’s Freedom. If chosen, a member of our Exhibitions Department will follow up with you to discuss further details.

Help spread the word! Upload a photo of your submission to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and tag #NLMPhillyFreedom

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 compiled 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. COVID-19 Resources

Warm Regards,
The Exhibitions Department


NLM's Summer Pop-Up Event, August 13-20

Beat the heat and join the National Liberty Museum for our Summer Pop-Up Event! For an entire week, you are invited to browse our silent auction and bid on more than 20 pieces of beautiful glass artworks from the NLM’s collection. Then, the Pop-Up Event week concludes with a live auction during our Cocktails with a Cause program on August 20 at 5 p.m.

A link to participate will be available starting August 13. Learn more.

Sponsorships now open for our exciting virtual gala!

Celebrate with us on Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. from the comfort of your own home as our Gala & Glass Auction goes virtual! It’s the National Liberty Museum’s 20th birthday, and we’re marking the occasion with an exciting live auction and unforgettable evening of fun activities. Proceeds from the Gala support our education and outreach both at the Museum and via our new digital learning. This year we are dedicating a special portion of funds raised to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Several sponsorship levels available. All offer many benefits and a wonderful evening to share with your invited guests. Learn more here.

Young heroes demonstrate their leadership at a virtual Civics Fair!

At the end of each school year, the NLM's Young Heroes Outreach Program, which brings the Museum’s civic leadership curriculum directly into area schools, holds a grand celebration to showcase the Social Action Projects created by all of the participating schools. This year the celebration was a VIRTUAL event and their projects are available for viewing on this website!

Click here to see the inspiring work of these 4th through 8th grade students, who clearly understand their ability to make a difference!


As we all practice social distancing, the National Liberty Museum is proud to offer fun, engaging, and informative entertainment through our Virtual NLM@Night series. Each week, these events will ask audiences to imagine liberty and the impact of everyday heroes.

Click here to learn about upcoming events.

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We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards of Valor presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS. This Award honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious community service. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

Do you know a teacher who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Teacher as Hero Award. This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a Healthcare Professional who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Healthcare Heroes Award presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Awarded in four categories, Healthcare Heroes recognizes professionals in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have had a profound impact on others.

This year we are expanding the Community Hero Award category by including all those who participated in helping others in regard to the treatment of COVID-19. Learn more and nominate someone by clicking here.