An altar created by local community members from Casa de los Soles on view at 9th and Ellsworth Streets, part of a Dia de los Muertos celebration presented by Fleisher Art Memorial and Calaca Flaca. Photo by Gustavo Garcia.
Fleisher Art Memorial Sanctuary, a historic community gathering space on Fleisher’s campus; works by Louise Clement-Hoff on view. Photo by Mark Garvin.
HOMEMADE, an exhibition of work created by Pepón Osorio's in residency at Fleisher Art Memorial, 2008. Photo by Joseph Gonzales.
Teaching artist Joan Oh leading high school students from VietLEAD in a Vietnamese ceramics workshop. Photo by Dominic Mercier.
Fleisher Art Memorial will engage its surrounding Southeast Philadelphia community in a multi-part "place-keeping" project grounded in two extensive residency partnerships with Casa de los Soles, the first Latino community center in South Philadelphia, and VietLEAD, a neighborhood program that supports Vietnamese communities. During a time of rapid neighborhood transformation in Southeast Philadelphia, Bring Your Own Project will create avenues for community-based art exchanges in Fleisher's educational studios, mobile art studio, and its unique Sanctuary—a deconsecrated Romanesque Revival church. These interactions will be guided by artists living within its surrounding communities. The project represents a significant re-envisioning of Fleisher's exhibition program through the lens of community engagement. Fleisher will convene two think tanks to help guide the direction of the project; participants include Pew Fellow and visual artist Pepón Osorio, cultural activist Roberto Bedoya, and Risë Wilson, founder of The Laundromat Project in New York, among others.
Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.