It was a kind of coming-out party after 18 months of staying in. A reconnection between Philadelphia’s artists and the culture mavens who have missed them. An affirmation that Philadelphia’s arts sector is back.
This was the hopeful messaging Saturday at the Kimmel Center, where the doors were thrown open for a day of Beethoven, hip-hop, opera, poetry readings, and more. About 50 arts groups were represented, and the event, dubbed “Arts Launch 2021,” marked the first fully public event for the city’s largest arts presenter since it shut down for the pandemic in March 2020.
Of course, the public