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The Fabric Workshop and Museum

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is an unique contemporary art museum and collaborative art studio with a visionary purpose: to stimulate experimentation among leading contemporary artists and to share the collaborative creative process with the public. Providing studio facilities, equipment, and expert technicians, FWM invites artists to experiment with fabric as well as a wide range of innovative materials and media. From its founding in 1977, FWM also serves as an education center for Philadelphia’s youth who, as printing apprentices, learn technical and vocational skills along with approaches to creative expression.

The FWM is distinguished as the only institution in the United States devoted to creating work in new materials and new media in collaboration with artists from diverse disciplines including sculpture, installation, video, performance, painting, ceramics, and architecture. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on-site in studios that are open to the public by appointment, providing visitors with the opportunity to see artwork from conception to completion. FWM seeks to bring this spirit of artistic investigation and discovery to the wider public and to local students in particular, to ensure and broaden their access to art, and to advance the role of art as a catalyst for innovation and social connection. FWM offers an unparalleled experience to artists, students, and the general public.

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