Social & Community-Based Practices
What roles can art and artists play in society and in our communities? Artists and cultural practitioners discuss responsibility, trust, and long-term impact when creating socially engaged art.
Questions of Practice: Farm for the City Participants on What Urban Farming Can Do for a Community
Questions of Practice: Photographer Zanele Muholi on What it Means To Be a “Visual Activist”
Questions of Practice: Artist Yael Bartana on Participating in Politics Through Art
Questions of Practice: Ernesto Pujol on Pursuing Aesthetics
Questions of Practice: Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar on Art and Social Justice
Questions of Practice: Curator Koyo Kouoh on Politics and Socially Engaged Practice
Questions of Practice: Artist Michael Rakowitz on Threading Disparate Sources into a Cohesive Whole
Questions of Practice: Artist Hank Willis Thomas on Photography and Framing
Questions of Practice: Artist Mariam Ghani on Collaboration in Socially Engaged Art
Questions of Practice: Cohabitation Strategies on the Role of the Arts in Fostering Social Change
Questions of Practice: Choreographer Germaine Ingram on the Responsibilities of Creating Socially Engaged Art
"Curators were people who I thought had a secondary role in the art ecosystem; it took me a while to see how that adjacency and remove could be liberating, and to learn the real pleasures of thinking with and through others."
Brenda Dixon Gottschild's Center-supported book on Joan Myers Brown received a great deal of media attention upon its release.
On view at the ICA through August 16, Barbara Kasten: Stages has received media attention from numerous outlets.
Act II Playhouse produced this regional premiere by Irish playwright Sebastian Barry, which won the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play.
Alex Temple is a musician, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who creates works for voice, electronics, keyboards, and synthesizer.
Supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the *Chester Cultural Corridor Initiative* takes a novel approach to city planning, using theater and community dialogue to inform the revitalization of the Chester Cultural Corridor (C3). For each of the three informal Story Corner sessions, residents will share their stories one-on-one with a member of the Ensemble.
These organizations have a range of digital exhibitions and performances, art tutorials, music, and films available to anyone seeking to stay connected to Philadelphia’s art scene.
Public art installations will tell a place-based account of the vibrant communities that made a Philadelphia neighborhood, once known as the city’s 7th Ward, an important center of Black culture.
June 22nd at Chester City Hall, the Chester Cultural Corridor Initiative will present its Chester Arts and Culture Map to City Council.
Under the direction of composer and artist Ari Benjamin Meyers, artists from various creative practices come together for a collaborative performance project that highlights the ability of sound and art to connect audiences across Philadelphia.
Jennifer S.B. Calienes is an independent consultant and senior advisor for the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University, where she served as founding director (2004–14).
A series of performances curated by award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson explores the African American religious experience and Philadelphia’s historic religious sites, in a collaboration between Partners for Sacred Places and Philadelphia Contemporary.
A contemporary restaging plan will be developed to showcase the Philadelphia City Planning Commission's 1947 Better Philadelphia Exhibition—a pivotal historic project that helped define the future of urban redevelopment.
Jones is a theater performer, director, teacher, and writer whose five-decade body of work tells the stories of women, particularly women of color and incarcerated individuals. In Philadelphia, Jones will hold workshops and in-progress readings as she develops a new solo performance and a book on theater creation for women in prisons.
Kyle “JustSole” Clark presents an autobiographical dance-theater performance blending street dance techniques with spoken word narration and video.
A writer known for her thoughtful and revealing pieces on everything from social privilege to Fifty Shades of Grey, Roxane Gay brings her knowledge of the literary world to our questions on authorship.
New York City-based conceptual artist Fred Wilson is known for repurposing objects and artifacts to lead people to see them in a different way.
Philadelphia Dance Projects has grown into an organization focused on presenting performances and workshops to challenge and develop local artists.