World Heritage Week May 22-27, 2022

Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 8:00am - Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 9:00pm

Philadelphia World Heritage Day was instituted by Mayor Jim Kenney in 2016, and is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of each May. This annual event is an important part of bringing awareness of Philadelphia's World Heritage City to all city residents. Each year, the celebration is carried out in a different location and in a different way. In 2022, we will celebrate our 7th year as a World Heritage City by holding a week of activities and event to be held May 22-27th.  

Photo Credit: Christopher Smith

SUNDAY, May 22nd

Woodmere Art Reception

Picturing Philadelphia's Heritage: Young Artists at Work

  • Building on our Educating Global Kids with Roots program, we have worked in partnership with Woodmere and with area school children in Philadelphia schools to create an art exhibit of children's art from local primary schools showcasing their personal heritage showcasing the theme of Sankofa.
  • The art opening celebrating the works of art will be held at the Woodmere Art Museum from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. This will consist of a short program at 2:30 pm followed by a reception. 

Local Philadelphia Schools Participating:

  • Alexander K. McClure Elementary School
  • Anna L. Lingelbach School
  • Samuel Gompers School
  • Solomon Solis-Cohen School
  • Mary McCloud Bethune School

RSVP here.


Time: 2 - 4 pm 

Woodmere Art Museum

9201 Germantown Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19118


Global Philadelphia Host Live Discussion

  • Join GPA for our “Young Professional Seminar: Navigating Global Careers" for a conversation hosted by GPA for young professionals working in or towards a globally-focused career.

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Preview of the West Chester Exposition

  • West Chester Univerity will be hosting an exhibit featuring artifacts from local Philadelphia community organizations dedicated to UNESCO world heritage. Through a partnership with GPA, the exhibit designers connected with dozens of community organizations and representations from six continents. 
  • The exhibition, "Beyond the Liberty Bell: Philadelphia's Many Heritages" commemorates the 50th anniverary of the establishment of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. It highlights the mosaic of heritages within Philadelphia which has reinforced the international standing of the city over time.
  • The campus exhibit will host a preview ceremony on the 24th at 2 pm. 


Join GPA for Two Virtual Conversations 

  • Two exciting live virtual conversations will be featured by GPA. 
Philadelphia 250
A conversation with Philadelphia250 CEO Danielle Delio Kim about the connection between World Heritage Week and the upcoming 250th anniversary
of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia250 is planning a year-long celebration. This will be a live virtual event positioned on the GPA website ( 

ACANA Bicentennial
"Liberia celebrating 200 year bicenntenial: an intellectual discourse of history and culture"
A live virtual event, hosted on Africa Day, for the bicentennial
celebration of the country of Liberia’s liberation featuring Liberian historians and scholars from Lincoln University, Cheyney University, and Temple University. This will be a live virtual event positioned on the GPA website ( and many social media platforms.
TIME: 5:30 - 8 pm


SDG #11 Sustainble Cities and Communities Unveiling 

*Sponsored by TD Bank Foundation

  • The SDG mural program highlights murals designed by Philadelphia artists' interpretations of the of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This unveiling's artist is Nazeer Sabree
  • These murals are sponsored by local community partners and showcased around the city.

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    Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm

    Kipp Elementary School  

    5700 Parkside Avenue

    Philadelphia, PA 19131


National Historic Landmarks Highlight Video

  • GPA will be showcasing video content from our 2022 International Day of Monuments and Sites that was celebrated on April 18th. This event showcases some of the 67 National Historic Landmarks in Philadelphia contributing to the international importance of our region. IDMS is an international day celebrated all over the world and activated in Philadelphia.

    *GPA has designed an NHL map available at area landmarks. You can find the map on our website here

    Learn more about International Day of Monuments and Sites here!



For event questions, please contact:

Gary Wooten : [email protected]

For Public Relations:

Ally Wengel : [email protected]


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Community Events
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Educational Events
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Arts and Culture
Folk Arts/Culture
Cultural Exchange
Cultural Awareness
History and Preservation
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American (United States)