Creative Thinking Camp


July 8-12, 2019
9:00 am – 12:30
Suggested ages 10+

In this week-long workshop, students will be introduced to the idea of design thinking, problem solving and socially-engaged art. By way of engaging and collaborative exercises emphasizing observation, research, empathy, brainstorming, prototyping and creating; participants will explore the creative process as a means to communicating ideas, creating change and fostering possibility. Students will push their creative skills, think outside, inside, up and around the box, culminating with a collaborative group project to be displayed in and around Modern Art. 

Modern Art’s Creative Thinking Workshop is led by Libby Modern, with special guests, writers Erin Dorney and Tyler Barton (of FEAR NO LIT).


For more info, call Libby Modern at 610-761-9799 or email

* Financial assistance available: contact Modern Art at 610-761-9799 for more information.

NEW DATE for Phonotel Workshop: April 1 (no foolin')

Hey everyone, due to all of the ups and downs of the past month, we’ve rescheduled Modern Art’s LANC PHONE HOME custom phone hotel making workshop to Monday, April 1.

Check it out:
Modeled on Modern Art's Phonotel workshop participants will create their own custom HOTEL for their PHONE, a space to disconnect from the internet & reconnect with the world. We’ve all gotten used to these small yet mighty screens, so it is quite useful to take a break and see what the tangible world around us has to offer. (Plus, these devices deserve some much needed time off from us humans.)

We'll have everything you need to make a hotel room for your device that is comfy, cozy and a perfect place to recharge. Use your satellite Phonotel at home to see how long you can go without looking at your screen and notice how much more relaxed you are! And how much more you get done! How much more of this crazy world you interact with! Or keep it in your bag or the car; bring it when you go to work, to meetings or out to eat with family and friends.

Maybe you'd like to make one for your special friend who keeps staring at their screen when you are trying to tell them about your day? Or that pesky teen who is snapchatting at the dinner table? You can do that too!

Participants can also paint their own wooden dummy phone for those trying times when you feel the need to hold something in your pocket or close to your face, but your phone is still on its luxurious vacation at the Phonotel.

Check it out here.


Modern Art at the Lancaster Museum of Art

Check out the Lancaster Museum of Art’s Silent Night exhibit, presented by Echo Valley Art Group where you can see this nice painting (All is (not) Calm) by Libby Modern.

And many thanks to the wonderful artists of the Echo Valley Art Group for the invitation to be a part of this show!

November 30- December 16, 2018.


PCAD &&&&& YOU!

Modern Art recently completed a new and exciting work in PCA&D’s “Art Garden,” in honor of president Mike Molla’s inauguration installation. As a nod to the new administration’s desire to weave together PCA&D and the community, we designed a giant mirrored ampersand (PCA&D AND YOU!) as well as a series of signs, some static, some interactive, throughout the park to highlight all the things PCAD could “&” with: ants, dancing gorillas, el cielo, trees, places for murals, paths to other worlds, and of course, flatulence. Thank you PCA&D for bringing our City together! (Click through the photos below to see the installation.)

Fixing Broken Windows: A project of our Creative Thinking Workshop

The magical, wonderful thinking that came out of our Creative Thinking Workshop far exceeded anything we'd ever thunk about. Our final project, "Fixing Broken Windows: A tour of creative interventions on the block" was on view for anyone who traversed the block on which Modern Art calls home. 

Inspired by the artist Lucy Lippard's questions for artists and activists: "What do you want to say", "Who do you want to say it to" and "How do you want to say it"; we followed a process of observation, research, empathy, brainstorming, prototyping and creation to come up with a plan to engage the folks in our neighborhood. The final project was on view on the 500 block of West Chestnut, with maps outlining each of the intervention installations. Plus, we did art stake outs (thanks to an art assignment from Deb Sokolow,) turned some of the sad, broken objects into new pieces of art, and took turns seeing the world from the eyes of a gorilla suit. 

It was a great week.

Erik Anderson presents the next installment of the Museum of the Living Worker, the Lancaster Office of Public Narrative.

We are so excited to have local writer and professor Erik Anderson as our second Living Worker in Residence. Erik will be set up in the Museum, operating as a Public Narrativizer, inviting participants to share their craziest Lancaster stories. These stories will be edited to highly digestable 100-word or less pieces, that will be sent to their tellers on official LOPN (Lancaster Office of Public Narrative) letterhead and archived in LOPN records. 

Come by anytime from Sunday, July 22 (11-5) or Monday, the 23-Thursday the 25 (4-7pm) and tell your story!


I may not be famous, but these photos make me feel it!

We all had such a blast at our release party for Erin Dorney's new book, I am Not Famous Anymore: Poems after Shia LeBoeuf. Thanks to everyone who came out, wrote and read their poems, and put bags on their heads. AND HUGE THANKS TO MICHELLE JOHNSEN for these great photos. Go buy Erin's book

Weird Al

Erasure Poem by Leo:
30 Years ago
I had a burrito.
To me, that's the true sign of success.


WORD!! (from your neighbor)

Word from your Neighbor! A Real Live Message Board in the Window of Modern Art:
Next time you're strolling down Chestnut, stop by our message station, write down your important thoughts, and drop them in our mail slot. We'll be broadcasting as many words from our neighbors that we can all summer long.


Open Studio with special guest JESS KING!

Join us on Monday, June 4 for a very special open studio with a very special guest: the incomparable congressional candidate and Lancaster luminary, JESS KING! Bring your projects, thoughts, sketchbooks, ideas, questions and your super duper self, and we will all spend the evening making cool things, and making the world a little cooler. All are welcome!
Monday, June 4 from 7 to 10 pm
@Modern Art
More info here.

Creative Thinking Workshop at Modern Art

Looking for something interesting, creative, educational, active and FUN for your 10-14 year old to do this summer? Well, we've got something for you, friends: a week-long creative thinking workshop at Modern Art. Students will be introduced to the idea of design thinking, socially-engaged art, and the creative process. Through a series of fun and engaging exercises, participants will push their creative skills, think outside, inside, up and around the box, culminating with a collaborative group community-centered project to be displayed at Modern Art.

For more info, call Libby Modern at 610-761-9799 or email
Sign up by completing the registration form (here).

Monday–Friday, July 9-13, 2018   

9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Suggested ages 10-94 (other ages welcome!)

$250  (financial assistance available, please contact Libby at 610-761-9799 for more information.)


Page Match 2017: Best Night Ever!

Thanks to all the wonderful people who came out, ready to rumble, to our first Annual PAGE MATCH!

Big Congratulations to our newset, Lit Champ of Lanc: MEG "Because I could not stop for death" DAY (omg we are all in AWE), runner up Kerry Sherin Wright "Sure Can!", Richard "Spicy Sauce" Richard Payne, Donna "The Truth Fairy" Talarico, Mike "the Metaphysical Meltdown" Stewart, Meghan "Em-Dash" Meghan Carlton Phillips, Denny Denny Danda, and the night's Wild Card ROSE!!

A big, huge, massive thank you to MC Matty Matthew Kabik, the kick-ass organizers Tyler Gof Barton and Erin Dorney, the wonderful Bri Rose for helping with the ring (and so much else) and everyone's hero Michelle Johnsen for these fabulous photos, for making the paper entrances, and for all your help WITH EVERYTHING.


Because bikes make kids happy

We love bikes. We love kids. We love our friends at The Common Wheel. So much that it was a pure pleasure to design a logo and banner for their annual Maryann Caldwell Holiday Bike Drive. 


We just couldn't wait for the VLD!

Friends, join us on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10 (changed from the 17th) to rock out with some of Modern Art's very favorite people and band: the Vivien Leigh Documentary. They will soon become your favorite people and band. 

Doors open at 7:30, music starts at 8. $5-10 pay whachu can!



Modern Art + The Mix = TLF

We like to think of ourselves as pretty wild, so when our friends from The Mix at Arbor Place (a wonderful youth mentoring program in Lancaster) asked us to put on a "Painting in the Wild" workshop, we got pretty excited. The combination of paint, the park, beautiful weather and amazing kids (plus having the super-talented Zach from Meridian Media film the whole thing) made for a perfect day. Check out this little tidbit of Zach's footage from the workshop.

Phonotel. You haven't seen the last of it.

Modern Art was transformed into the lobby of the Phonotel for the weekend of May 6th & 7th. Brave individuals became guests, checked their phones into one of the lovely furnished rooms, took their room keys & survival guides and lived device-free from one hour to the entire weekend. Highlights included concierge service by local political candidates, a guests-only happy hour on Saturday, a slightly disappointing continental breakfast and some limbering-up with Jenny. Many millions of thanks to all of our local partners. We can't wait to do it again. 

Learn more about Phonotel here.

The PHONOTEL Grand Opening

Located in beautiful downtown Lancaster, Penn, the Phonotel offers a unique chance to recharge your life. Reservations now being accepted for the weekend of May 5-6. 

Check your smart phone into one of our 60 beautiful rooms especially furnished for your treasured internet device. Use the technology-free time you have to explore the city, reconnect with nature, your friends, your community. 

Available in our Phonotel lobby, housed at Modern Art, we offer the “Friendliest concierge in town” and a variety of survival mechanisms (wooden dummy phones, maps, compasses, sketchbooks, postcards, instant cameras) available for phone owners to help you experience all the real world has to offer.

Reserve your device's room today!  (
Rooms are available to reserve for as short as 1 hour to as long as the whole weekend. 


Lenka Clayton Inspiration

Last week we took our bi-monthly field trip to Philly for a city look-see. We visited the fab FAM ( What a great time! We met our new bestie, Tracey in the gift shop, the infamous tour guide, Sam and had a surprise visit to The School of the Future (!!)
But by far our favorite bit from the FAM visit was an exhibition by Lenka Clayton, an artist who is currently part of their residency program. Her work,  An Artist Residency in Motherhood, is funny and wonderfully potent as she questions the choices an artist is forced to make if she is a mother. 

Below is a still from The Distance I Can Be From My Son.