Common Touch: Talking to the Fingers in the Language of the Eyes

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The Students’ Magazine, published monthly, at the Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind (Philadelphia: Printed on the Institution Press, M. Snider, printer, 1838). Photo courtesy of the Library Company of Philadelphia.

In conjunction with the Library Company of Philadelphia’s ongoing exhibition Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind, Pew Fellow Teresa Jaynes hosts a discussion about her artistic and curatorial process. Jaynes will discuss how the Library Company’s collection of pre-Braille texts inspired her multi-year research project, and share her perspective on creating new artworks for the visually impaired.

Exhibition viewing and reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the artist talk at 6:30 p.m. This event free, please RSVP here.


Kristy Edmunds and Limor Tomer discuss issues of curating performance across disciplines and platforms.

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Mary Tuomanen and Aaron Cromie are collaborating on their first full-length theatrical work, which will explore the life of French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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An opening reception featuring a gallery tour, live musical performance and a discussion with Philadelphia historians about the cultural impact of the Great Migration.

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia created a director of legal services position, which allowed them to offer greater legal services to artists and artistic organizations.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania invites the public to learn more about African American women of the early 1800s who worked to end slavery, and to consider how this history illuminates our lives today. This lecture is part of An Artist Embedded, which explores, via a series of public events with visiting artists and scholars, how historical events are related to contemporary issues in the United States.

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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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Barkley L. Hendricks (b. 1945 in Philadelphia) is a figurative painter and photographer best known for his life-sized portraits of people of color from the urban northeast.

Collaborators & Colleagues

New York City-based conceptual artist Fred Wilson is known for repurposing objects and artifacts to lead people to see them in a different way.

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Lecoq-trained theater artist and 2006 Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle is dedicated to the sublime ridiculous.

Grants & Grantees

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