Cultureshare is a free, subscription-based program that curates and distributes locally produced art, music, writing, and performance in conversation with existing holdings of the Free Library. Our objectives include removing the  financial and logistical barriers traditionally needed to consume art, highlighting voices of culture makers across diverse communities, encouraging engagement with the Free Library as a cultural institution, and supporting working artists in Philadelphia through funding and exposure.

Submissions will be selected by a committee of curators and library staff based on connection to Philadelphia and artistic merit. 


  • The submission period is Wednesday, May 3, 2017 through Friday, June 30, 2017. 
  • Each artist selected will receive a prize of up to $1,000 and will have their work included in the Free Library’s first Cultureshare.
  • We ask for first serial rights and the right to keep a copy of the publication in our archives. All other rights revert back to the artist after publication. 
  • Only one submission per artist, please! 
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Material Requirements

  • We are seeking original art in any medium, including but not limited to, music, painting, performance, photography, and writing.
  • The submission must be digitally deliverable. All major file formats accepted.
  • Work must be previously unpublished.
  • Any video or audio submission must be under 7 minutes in length.  
  • Any text submission must be under 2000 words.
  • Images must have a minimum resolution of 72 dpi and should be large enough for judges to see clearly online. If selected, a higher resolution image may be required. 
    Excerpts of larger works are acceptable, assuming they fit the length parameters.
  • We ask for first serial rights and the right to keep a copy of the publication in our archives. All other rights revert back to the artist after publication.
  • Only one submission per artist, please!  

Artist Requirements

  • Be over the age of 12
  • If the submission was created by more than one artist, all artists' information must be included.
  • If chosen, commit to attending our opening celebration held at Parkway Central Library on the evening of Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
  • Have a relationship with the city of Philadelphia.  Tell us about this on the submission page.