Funded by The Barra Foundation, Restoring Ideals began as a question raised by Temple Contemporary’s Advisory Council that addressed Philadelphia’s evolving relationship to its founding ideals of tolerance, equality, and independence. Inspired by this question, Temple Contemporary (the gallery at Tyler School of Art) and a consortium of partners including the Conservation Center of Art and Historic Artifacts and WHYY, responded by designing the Restoring Ideals project. It is our hope to open a dialog that refers to the honorable declarations of the past, as well as connecting these ideals to the needs of Philadelphia’s living communities and the organizations that serve them.
Our goal is to honor the organizations that you feel uphold the city’s ideals. Once these organizations are voted on by you, the top ten organizations receiving the most votes through this online poll will pick an object from their archives emblematic of these historic ideals and reflective of their mission but in desperate need of restoration. Professional conservators will conserve these objects at Temple Contemporary from September 2013– February 2014. It is through this public process that Restoring Ideals reframes conservation as a living part of valuing our contemporary accomplishments and preserving this diversity now for the benefit of the future.
Cast your vote to pick which of these organizations, you feel, preserves Philadelphia’s founding ideals of equality, tolerance, and independence. Learn More »