Art Located Outside

Visual and performing arts

Runs from May - November

In a recent survey of our area of impact, we asked neighbors what they wanted to see in the South of Penn area. Art activities for children was one of the top responses! Barrio is now going beyond it's first goal for these programs: connecting local, inner city, young, nontraditional artists with the community and now are looking to bring neighbors into the design of art programming.

Plein Air programs vary in time. Usually they last between 1 to 2 hours in length, and are completely free to the public. All you need to bring is your creativity and an open mind!

ALAS projects include Plein Air art workshops, Flash mobs, Alleyway Concerts, and the Ojos photography project.

Barrio's plan to change narratives include the re-imagining of our community. The idea is simple: art can help reclaim urban spaces that are underutilized or abandoned. Art projects can help reconnect neighbors with their environment as they feel more connected to the spaces they use as makeshift art rooms. Barrio has been very intentional about utilizing public spaces for these workshops to help re-establish ownership of people's communities.

Check out our summer program dates below:

If you would like to participate in a workshop or get involved as an artist

Please email Valois Joubert at

You can also call us:


Do I need to

bring any


No, Barrio will supply you with everything you need, from brushes to paper, to water!

How young can a child be to


We encourage families to bring any child of any age. Our art projects are for everyone!

Puedo ir si


hablo español?

Claro que si. En nuestros programas de ALAS siempre hay alguien que le podra traducir las instrucciones de los maestros.

New to Barrio?

Barrio Alegria is a community transformation organization located in Reading that utilizes the arts as a platform for community engagement and for the development of social and multicultural awareness.


But all you have to remember is:

  • The majority of our projects happen outside!

  • The majority of our projects are free!

  • The majority of our projects have to do with art!

Contact us

140 N. 5th Street

Reading, Pennsylvania 19601


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