Pew Fellow and former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez leads a poetry workshop exploring the history of Johnson House, Philadelphia’s only intact stop on the Underground Railroad, in conjunction with Historic Germantown’s Center-funded project Elephants on the Avenue: Race, Class and Community in Historic Germantown.
Participants will read and discuss 19th century works from abolitionist poets, followed by writing exercises that pull inspiration from the rich African-American history of Johnson House and Historic Germantown. Attendees will receive an autographed copy of Sonia Sanchez’s Morning Haiku, a poetry journal meant to inspire further steps toward justice and equality.
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A classical music composer and pianist, Michael Djupstrom (Pew Fellow, 2014) seeks to connect with audiences by bridging traditional and contemporary styles of musical expression.
Jay Sanders is curator of performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Commemorating the first major survey of artist Barbara Kasten’s work, on view at the ICA, Barbara Kasten: Stages is now available. Edited by curator Judith Tannenbaum in conjunction with the exhibition at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the vividly-illustrated publication Framing Fraktur reinterprets and reframes fraktur.
Robert Maggio is a musician and a 1999 Pew Fellow.
In spring 2012, Stefan Sagmeister “got happy” at the Institute of Contemporary Art—his first U.S. museum show and the ICA’s first exhibition dedicated to the work of a graphic designer.
What do we do when we do not know all the facts? When we present history, we inevitably fill in the gaps, create the voices that spoke, the characters that lived. Historian Jane Kamensky, filmmaker and 1994 Pew Fellow Louis Massiah, and playwright Ain Gordon will lead a panel discussion about how historians and artists handle this predicament.
Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is home to 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items.
History and Reconstruction will pair formerly incarcerated African-American individuals and at-risk youth with public historian Phillip Seitz and a team of professional historians and psychologists.
The Morris Arboretum is home to more than 12,000 labeled plants of approximately 2,500 types, several historic buildings, and a collection of historic and contemporary sculpture.
This creative “place-keeping” project will put Fleisher’s spaces and resources into the hands of Southeast Philadelphia community members, in an effort to make exhibitions more responsive to area residents and to preserve and promote the diverse cultural life of immigrant-rich neighborhoods.
James Sugg (Pew Fellow, 2010) describes himself as a bridge—a bridge between music and theater, composer and performer, and traditional and ensemble-generated theater.
Susan Stewart is a poet and a 1995 Pew Fellow.