Fleisher Art Memorial is a community arts organization that provides access to tuition-free or low-cost classes and workshops for over 17,000 children and adults annually. Fleisher was founded in 1898 by textiles mogul Samuel S. Fleisher, who believed in empowering the individual to build a stronger community. The organization’s Community Partnerships in the Arts (CPA) program brings creative art-making experiences to children and youth in public schools and community after-school programs, while its FAMbassadors program connects grassroots community advisors with community members to deepen relationships and develop new approaches to outreach efforts through art. Center funding in 2013 supported an initiative to extend Fleisher’s reach to surrounding immigrant communities, allowing the organization to engage more diverse audiences and serve the neighborhood in which it resides. In 2016, Fleisher received Center support for Bring Your Own Project, a creative “place-keeping” project that will put Fleisher’s spaces and resources into the hands of Southeast Philadelphia community members through artistic residency partnerships with Casa de los Soles and VietLEAD.
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel creates large-scale, immersive sculptural installations from textile and found objects to form what she calls “drawings in space.”
Artist Barkley L. Hendricks suggests that whether or not an artist is deemed contemporary is really about who is doing the talking.
Performer and theater artist Charlotte Ford researched and developed a new theatrical project that asked, “Can a woman be funny and sexy onstage at the same time?”
The Library Company of Philadelphia hosts an opening reception for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind.
In 2005 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 66 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Annenberg Center Live brought Oakland-based arts activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph to Philadelphia in fall 2012 for a six-day residency and the regional premiere of a new work.
Ashon Crawley is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Riverside.
An investigation of the idea of “institutionality” in the context of contemporary art will inform future curatorial and programmatic initiatives, in an effort to increase audience engagement with the ICA and its programs.
Amanda Dargan is the education program director at City Lore, where she manages national outreach education programs and New York City arts, science, and history programs.
Painter and 2008 Pew Fellow Anne Seidman’s practice has allowed her to explore the nature of pure painting through abstraction, suggesting friction, awkwardness, and ultimately, a sense of self.
Ann Hamilton on her interest in exploring the social and material connotations of cloth.
A program of Philadelphia University, The Design Center presents exhibitions, tours, programs, college courses, and special events that demonstrate how design shapes everyday life.