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Art Garden

Obtaining Permission to Use

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design makes its Art Garden available for public use by the Lancaster Community on a case-by-case basis, when those uses are not in conflict with the College’s operational needs or mission. Read more about guidelines below, and email artgarden@pcad.edu to obtain more information.

What the Art Garden Can Offer

  • The Art Garden is a public-facing facility with simultaneous users. Programmers should assume there is a group before and after them, and be prepared to begin and end on time.
  • The Art Garden is approximately 12,000 square feet and features picnic tables and the use of electricity. Areas within the Art Garden are designed for both short and longer-term installations and projects.
  • The College does not have tents, restroom facilities, trash pickup, or tables or chairs available.

What Are You Responsible For?

  • Obtaining all permit fees, inspections, security, and liability insurance (if needed)
  • Rentals must be ordered, obtained, and paid for by the event organizer
  • There is a $25 utility fee to plug into the Art Garden’s electrical service
  • Set-up and clean-up after your event
  • Organizers are required to end events by 11 pm
  • Clean-up is required the same day and includes removing all trash and recycling and, if necessary, finding an off-site dumpster or collection center for disposal
  • Event organizers are NOT allowed to store personal items on the property before or after the event. Because the College cannot be responsible for any loss, damage or theft, all personal, rented, and event items must be properly removed directly after the event
  • In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider the following:
    • Accessibility, active pedestrian involvement, and overall impression to all passersby
    • Activation and animation of the space during various times of day
    • Awareness of other events taking place in the neighborhood
    • Public art installations must consider issues of durability, vandalism, and theft.
    • Installations should not introduce hazards of any kind for pedestrians or Art Garden users
    • Performances should consider noise levels that may impact traffic, areas businesses and residences, as well as honor city noise ordinances
    • The event must be open to the public and, if possible, free

Apply Here!

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. However, it is preferred that you submit your application at least one month prior to the proposed date for your event. Keep in mind City of Lancaster event permit applications need to be submitted at least 14 days prior to the event.

Email us at artgarden@pcad.edu with questions or concerns, or if you’d like to volunteer to support events on campus or in the Art Garden.