First Fridays @ Spring Garden Center
“First Friday” art gallery open houses in Old City have been a popular feature of Philadelphia’s nightlife for almost a quarter of a century. Now the concept has expanded outside Old City to what may be the newest First Friday venue – the Spring Garden Senior Center, 1221 Spring Garden St. Launched in January, “First Friday @ Spring Garden Center” introduces participants to visual and performing artists in an informal “living room” ambiance, according to Sheena Garcia, who spearheads the initiative and also teaches art, film and photography at the center. The next event will be held on Friday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature multiple artists.
During the event, "we'll sit around in a circle, enjoy sangria and snacks, and chat with the artists about what they do,” Garcia says. Guests are welcome and, like those in Old City, the events are free of charge. The hope is that that sessions like this will inspire older participants to explore new artistic vistas themselves, she says.