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: 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: Artist Bob and Roberta Smith on Art as Advocacy
Questions of Practice: Cohabitation Strategies on the Role of the Arts in Fostering Social Change
Questions of Practice: Kemi Ilesanmi of The Laundromat Project on the Role of Artists in Community Development
Questions of Practice: Choreographer Germaine Ingram on the Responsibilities of Creating Socially Engaged Art
Anthracite Fields, a new, hybrid choral work by composer Julia Wolfe, commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, has received widespread media attention leading up to its world premiere performances.
In 2010, the Center hosted Václav Havel, the late renowned playwright and former President of the Czech Republic, for an interview at The Wilma Theater, prior to the American premiere of Leaving, his first play in 20 years.
Suss’ use of vivid color, pattern, and distorted perspective imbues an otherworldly quality to her large-scale paintings of domestic interiors.
Choral Arts Philadelphia's project 1734–1735: A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach continues February 15 with renditions of Cantatas 14 and 147.
Zoe Strauss: Ten Years, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, received media attention from a number of publications.
As part of the Center-funded Consumption: A Project on Pearl Street conceived by Rick Lowe, an ongoing revitalization of Pearl Street, Asian Arts Initiative presents an opening reception for the installations "Finding Comfort" and "Who's Who."
Conductor Donald Nally and violinist Hanna Khoury on how tradition influences their approach to bringing together a classical Arab chamber ensemble and a Western choir in performance.
Mural Arts Philadelphia presents a preview event for its forthcoming public art project Monument Lab: A Citywide Public Art and History Exhibition.
Ellina Kevorkian is an artist, independent curator, and former artistic director for residency programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE.
Kiranavali Vidyasankar is a vocalist, music teacher, and writer who comes from a lineage of legendary Carnatic (South Indian) musicians.
Mural Arts hosts an exhibition of photojournalist Martha Cooper's photographic preservation of graffiti and Steve Weinik's documentation of psychylustro by Katharina Grosse.
Jennifer Higdon wins a International Opera Award for Cold Mountain, Geoff Sobelle's one-man play The Object Lesson will be presented at New York Theatre Workshop, and a mid-career retrospective book of Bo Bartlett's paintings is published.
PRISM Quartet's Center-funded project Color Theory features a series of performances, lectures, and workshops that investigate the concept of "musical color."
Lisa Kraus, Trisha Brown: In the New Body project director and former member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, offers an inside view into Brown's dance rehearsals, artistic development, and more.
Students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members gathered at the closed Fairhill Elementary School on May 1, 2015 for the launch of Temple Contemporary's Center-funded reFORM.
Arts leader Sam Miller talked with the Center about the relationship between risk and artistic process.
The Invisible City project consists of extensive oral history research, conducted with artists, critics, and curators active in the city's little-known avant-garde visual arts community of the 1960s and 1970s.
This timely, interdisciplinary, experimental series of dance, music, poetry, mixed media installations, and interactive programs—from acclaimed artists and scholars such as choreographer taisha paggett, designer Raul de Nieves, and composer George Lewis— invites audiences to consider African American performance aesthetics and the role of performance in museum spaces.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts an opening reception for Yael Bartana’s exhibition And Europe Will Be Stunned, featuring the performance Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies!
Sonia Sanchez is an award-winning poet, playwright, professor, activist, and one of the foremost leaders of the Black Studies movement.