Self-Organized Spaces on Their Own Terms

1/2: Self-Organized Artist Spaces Conference: Remake/Remodel break out session with Dana Bishop-Roo of Transformazium, Ben Furgal of Magic Pictures, and Dave Kyu of Practice Gallery, 2013. Photo courtesy of Vox Populi.
2/2: Self-Organized Artist Spaces Conference: Remake/Remodel entrance, 2013. Photo courtesy of Vox Populi.

Vox Populi, founded in 1988 as an artistic collective that supports the work of its members, teamed up with then-recently formed, Brooklyn-based curatorial collective Cleopatra’s to explore the current role of artist-run spaces within the broader artistic community. The two groups surveyed and then convened founders of about 40 new alternative and artist-run spaces in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Detroit, in order to foster a dialogue and identify points of connection and overlap. The discussion was originated by the members of the spaces themselves and not more seasoned academics, museum curators, or critics at a remove from the on-the-ground realities of running them, distinguishing this effort from other attempts in the field. Vox Populi, which has evolved over the years to support curated exhibitions as well as members’ shows, is using the results of this process to inform and evaluate future directions for its programs and exhibitions.

PPAC holds a panel discussion on the creation of the community-sourced exhibition Archive Collective: South Kensington 19122.

Grants & Grantees

Temple Contemporary’s mission is “to creatively re-imagine the social function of art through questions of local relevance and international significance.”

Mural Arts and SEPTA’s “Love Train,” featuring Stephen Powers’ Center-funded Love Letter project, received national media coverage from news outlets including CNN and MSNBC.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jenifer Papararo was appointed Director of Artistic Programs at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, Canada in November 2014. Papararo served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2015.

In 2011, the Center convened a round-table discussion with MoMA’s Pablo Helguera and the New Museum’s Eungie Joo to discuss the evolving state of museum education.

Grants & Grantees

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is an internationally renowned artist residency program with an active exhibition program.

Barbara London, Camille Norment, Ed Osborn, and Richard Garet visit the Center for a conversation about the curation of sound as an artistic vehicle.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Regina R. Smith has served as a program officer on the Arts & Culture team at the Kresge Foundation since 2008.

Grants & Grantees

In 2004 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 76 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

This new theater work was a cowboy-clown odyssey presenting fragments of a mythic American desertscape.

A number of projects from grantees and Pew Fellows have garnered extensive national and regional press coverage in recent weeks.

Opera Philadelphia conducted in-depth, strategic audience research that informs the development of a set of programs that, together with enhanced marketing efforts, respond to new audience behaviors and preferences.