Engaging Contemporary Artists at Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum

2017
$60,000

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Mary Mattingly, Wetland, 2014, a six-week long interactive installation on the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing, presented by Independence Seaport Museum and FringeArts. Photo courtesy of Independence Seaport Museum.

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Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib, Splendid Little War, a video projection with soundtrack for 2016 ArtShip Olympia exhibition, presented by Independence Seaport Museum and Philadelphia Sculptors. Photo courtesy of the artists.

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Visitors enjoying the Delaware River through Independence Seaport Museum’s Paddle Penn’s Landing boat rental program. Photo courtesy of Independence Seaport Museum.

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Mary Mattingly, Wetland, 2014, a six-week long interactive installation on the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing, presented by Independence Seaport Museum and FringeArts. Photo courtesy of Independence Seaport Museum.

Independence Seaport Museum will investigate the potential of a contemporary art-making program to increase audience engagement with the institution and deepen the public’s understanding of the region’s waterways. The museum will bring together an advisory committee of experts, led by artist and Pew Fellow Teresa Jaynes, for a year-long discovery process that will consider best practices and effective strategies for creating a socially relevant, contemporary arts initiative. Jaynes, who has extensive experience in creating artistic work based on research of special collections and libraries, will assess the Museum’s past arts-based installations and programming and will lead consultative visits with artists, curators, and grassroots groups in relevant fields. In focus group sessions, the advisory committee will discuss its findings and programming ideas with regional artists, community advocates, scientists, and urban planners. The results of the exploration will be presented internally at the museum and in a public community gathering.