Students from the Tyler School of Art Living Learning Community in Peabody Hall visited the Philadelphia City Hall last Friday to meet with Tu Huynh, City Hall Exhibitions Manager in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Mr. Huynh talked to the students about the Art in City Hall program, which presents exhibitions that showcase contemporary artwork by professional and emerging Philadelphia visual artists. Then Mr. Huynh generously guided students through the current exhibitions at City Hall, Score! a juried exhibition of local art inspired by sports and Arts and Aging, a collaboration with the Department of Recreation, a juried exhibition of art by seniors from a network of senior centers throughout Philadelphia. While touring City Hall, students were given a bit of a “behind the scenes tour” and allowed to visit some of the grand meeting rooms, including the Mayor’s Reception Room and the City Council Chamber. The highlight of the trip was probably visiting Conversation Hall, which has a balcony leading to the North Portal of City Hall and two grand stairways, which are normally open only for special functions. We got to go out to the balcony and see the historical Ceremonial and Legislative Entrance to the building, which faces north towards Temple University.
A special thank you to Tu Huynh, who was extremely generous with his time in showing us all the interesting architecture and taking us to some really special places in City Hall!