This evening, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced that the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has received a grant for A Desert Home Companion, an upcoming performance-based project with Philadelphia’s Iraq War and Iraqi refugee communities.
Last Friday, we kicked off our Open Source exhibition with a party celebrating the exhibition and the installation of Jonathan Monk's sculptures Steps and Pyramid at Paine's Park. It was a great time, and we have to give a big thank you to Delicias, Local 215, and Little Baby's Ice Cream for food, Chill Moody and DJ Ricochet for music, and the Department of Recreation and the Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund for the site.
Today, Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, honored 31 outstanding public arts projects created in 2014 through the Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. The works were chosen from more than 300 entries across the country and recognized today at Americans for the Arts’ 2015 Annual Convention in Chicago.
“Creative placemaking” is the one of the trendiest terms in art and urban design these days, bandied about by artists, urban planners, politicians, and business leaders alike. Some say that the growing role of creative placemaking in arts funding undermines opportunities for artists who struggle to adapt their vision to the requirements of creative placemaking grants. Of course, not every valid and exciting artistic vision fits the tenets of creative placemaking as a physically-based, multi-stakeholder practice.