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: Artist Yael Bartana on Participating in Politics Through Art
Questions of Practice: Farm for the City Participants on What Urban Farming Can Do for a Community
Questions of Practice: Ernesto Pujol on Pursuing Aesthetics
Questions of Practice: Photographer Zanele Muholi on What it Means To Be a “Visual Activist”
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
Composer and guitarist Nels Cline curates a concert experience inspired by Philadelphia’s rich musical history and Cline’s acclaimed concept recording, Lovers, performed by a specially assembled jazz orchestra.
The Penn Museum presents a discussion on the process of creating its recent Center-funded public classroom series Science and Race: History, Use, and Abuse.
This exhibition and website will investigate Philadelphia's long history of row house development as an architectural territory to be mined for physical and social histories, new ideas, and urban innovations.
This month’s Pew Fellows news sees national awards for filmmaking and nonfiction writing, new music and film releases, and we remember the late klezmer musician Elaine Hoffman Watts.
As part of Bryn Mawr College's ongoing retrospective, Trisha Brown: In the New Body, the Pennsylvania Ballet performs Brown's O zlozony/O composite, becoming the first US ballet company to perform Brown's choreography.
Reza Abdoh: Showtapes and Short Films is the second of three film screenings presented by Bidoun in conjunction with Kayla Romberger’s Publishing As Practice.
Yolanda Wisher's (Pew Fellow, 2015) writing addresses both artistic and community-oriented pursuits. The founder and director of the Germantown Poetry Festival, she is dedicated to poetry as a performative, public act, capable of producing environmental and social change.
Headlong Dance Theater brought dance directly into the private homes of Philadelphia citizens, where the members of those households became the dancers.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's (PHS) Farm for the City transforms center city Philadelphia’s Thomas Paine Plaza.
Nora Chipaumire talks about engaging with the audience and creating “a democracy” as a performer.
The William Way LGBT Community Center presents *OutBeat: America's First Queer Jazz Festival*. The Festival continues with the Bill Stewart Quartet at Painted Bride Art Center.
Poet and Pew Fellow Catie Rosemurgy's wry and sharply imagined poems investigate the layered natures of identity, history, and narrative.
Theater magazine editor Tom Sellar talked with legendary avant-garde performer Kate Valk on the exciting challenges presented by the Wooster Group's 2011–12 theater season.
We asked Center colleagues, interlocutors, grantees, and staff: “What inspired you this year?”
Network for New Music commissioned six new works for the Network Ensemble that paired composers with visual artists.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Farm for the City hosts a number of family-frinedly events and activities focused on the value of food and resources.
Shonibare's exhibition explored concepts of cultural identity, authenticity, colonialism, and empire, and includes three new pieces—the Barnes Foundation's first commission from an artist since 1930.
In the first segment of a three-part conversation between Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon and Center Executive Director Paula Marincola, they discuss Gordon's role as a conduit between the Center and its grantees.
At the February launch of the Center's new multimedia online publication, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, Lucinda Childs and Judy Hussie-Taylor, executive director of Danspace Project, discussed Childs' career and artistic influences.
A tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum and Studio, organized by the James A. Michener Art Museum as part of Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism.