DaVinci Art Alliance (DVAA)

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Inside the DaVinci Art Alliance.

Building Community Through Art

Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) is a non-profit art organization founded in 1931 that builds community through art. Based in South Philadelphia, DVAA fosters an artist membership and provides free exhibitions and programming for the community.

DVAA was founded by sixteen Italian immigrant artists and collectors at a time when immigrants were barred from major artistic, academic, and scientific institutions. DVAA was a creative refuge where members could show their works, hold meetings, engage in social activities, and offer intellectual and cultural exchanges and events. Together, they chose as their namesake the master of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci.

DVAA permanently moved to 704 Catharine Street in South Philadelphia in 1966. Since then, the building has housed artist studios and exhibitions annually. In 2015, DVAA hired its first full-time Executive Director to improve the Artist Membership program. DVAA's Artist Membership program now offers several annual exhibition opportunities for artists and critically engaged programs monthly.

Note:  The above descriptive information came from the organization's About page.

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