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.


Grants & Grantees

Judith Schaechter is a sculptor and stained-glass artist, and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

In conjunction with the Center-funded project A Fierce Kind of Love: Connecting Communities through Story and Dialogue, the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University and First Person Arts host a series of six storytelling workshops.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Shawn McBride is a writer and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Executive director of Cliveden of the National Trust, a National Historic Landmark located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

On May 3, 2010, two of contemporary visual arts’ most distinguished figures visited the Center for a compelling conversation addressing the practice of painting, the making of painting exhibitions, and the relationship between the two.

Temple Contemporary’s director, Rob Blackson, talks with us about the shifting relationship between artist and curator, audience engagement, and collective authorship.

John Blake, Jr., a jazz violinist and 2010 Pew Fellow, passed away on August 15, 2014.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced its 2014 grants in support of Philadelphia’s arts and cultural community today. They include 12 new Pew Fellowships of $60,000 each, 35 project grants in amounts up to $300,000, and two Advancement grants of $500,000 each.

Artist-in-residence Teresa Jaynes will curate a multisensory exhibition based on the Library Company’s extraordinary collection of pre-Braille texts for the visually impaired.

On view at the ICA through August 16, Barbara Kasten: Stages has received media attention from numerous outlets.

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia connects the region’s arts organizations and for-profit businesses.

The Village will host two accomplished West African social practice artists, Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh and Olanre Tejuoso, during residencies in which they will collaborate with north central Philadelphia’s families to design and execute a public art project, nurturing a space for community members to creatively transform their physical landscape.