Volunteer! Supine Horizons, Karyn Olivier talks about the future of public art, Syd Carpenter on PBS, plus opportunities

Volunteer! Supine Horizons, Karyn Olivier talks about the future of public art, Syd Carpenter on PBS, plus opportunities

It has been a trying election year and the count is not over. While you hold your breath and hope for the best results, take a minute to catch up with your family, friends, and co-workers. And enjoy what Philadelphia’s bustling arts and culture scene has to offer. Here are some examples of the wonders that surround you.


The results of the PA elections were excellent, phew! But while we sweat in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and Colorado, a great way to relieve tension and anxiety and move forward is to get involved in your community. Volunteer. Organizations will be delighted to have your service! Stay positive out there and stay safe. Here’s just one volunteer opportunity – with the Philadelphia Horticulture Society.

To plant a tree:
To plant trees is a powerful way to improve neighborhood health and well-being. PHS’s Tree Tenders program works with volunteer community groups to plant trees. The program offers workshops on planting and caring for trees and organizing volunteer groups. PHS has trained over 6,000 people who have then led volunteers in planting over 2,000 trees each year.

The PHS Watersheds Program provides funding and technical support to not-for-profit watershed management organizations. Through this program, dozens of watershed restoration projects are being carried out across the region. This translates into thousands of trees planted each year in these sensitive water protection areas.

Yet the Greater Philadelphia area still needs more trees. While “good” tree canopy coverage (the area of ​​land shaded by trees) is considered to be 30% of the land area, the city of Philadelphia only has 20% coverage. and as low as 2.5% in some neighborhoods.

PHS is committed to increasing the canopy, especially in neighborhoods with few trees and high average temperatures. Throughout the year, PHS works with more than 100 community groups to plant and nurture trees in the Philadelphia area. Help PHS partner with community members and plant more trees in your neighborhood.

PHS loves volunteers!
Volunteering at PHS is a great way to make a difference and create positive change in the community. No previous experience is necessary – we give you the training you need. Join thousands of volunteers committed to connecting people to horticulture to create beautiful, healthy and sustainable communities.

Volunteers support PHS programs and communities throughout the year in a variety of ways: in community gardens, on public landscapes, by planting trees, and at the Flower Show, to name a few.


From November 1 to December 20
Lying horizons

KDD Theater, 5427 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Tuesdays, 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, 4-8 p.m.
Friday, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Visitors are invited to make reservations here.

Philadelphia Contemporary – a contemporary arts organization connecting people and places in Philadelphia through art and partnership – is pleased to announce the opening of Supine Horizons, an immersive site for rest, resistance and renewal, with synthesized sounds and projected visuals by local multimedia artist Gralin Hughes, Jr. (Television Sky).

Open November 1 through December 20 at the Kinesics Dance Dynamics (KDD) theater in Germantown, Supine Horizons seeks to subvert the capitalist ideals of ‘hustle’ and ‘grind’ culture, dismantling the idea that rest is only a luxury or a privilege. The installation includes sofas, ultra-supportive bean bag chairs that mimic the sensations of floatation therapy, and restorative yoga props, as well as relaxing ambient soundscapes and soothing projected visuals. By inviting visitors to rest, Supine Horizons aims to refocus rest as the ultimate form of self-care and collective healing, especially for the black community.

The sound and visuals for the project were developed by Hughes – a member of PhillyAV, an experimental, artist-run multimedia collective and a founding member of blkpatches – during a month-long residency in October 2022. The artist has created original sound compositions. and corresponding visuals using modular synthesizers and software, in addition to incorporating non-traditional techniques such as biorhythms in plants. Enhanced by video mapping and lighting techniques, the resulting compositions are generative and ever-changing, creating an ever-changing experience close to our relationship to ourselves and each other.

According to Gralin Hughes, Jr., “As a black man, I grew up thinking that you had to work twice as hard to get even half the respect of a white person. resting or self-care was seen as laziness in this setting. Supine Horizons sees this as an invitation to rest, a space where people, especially black people, can feel safe, comfortable and comfortable. comfortable physically and mentally. The interactivity of the installation is not about moving or controlling the environment but about resting and doing nothing. The project is particularly poignant for me being located in Germantown, where I grew up, as an offering to my late grandmother and other family members. They did not receive such an invitation. More information and a full program here.

On November 15, Karyn Olivier will participate in a series of virtual conferences with the Association for Public Art. Sign up for Insights: The Future of Public Art with Karyn Olivier by clicking the link below. Photo courtesy of Artblog media library

Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 4-5 p.m. on Zoom, Free with registration
Virtual Speaker Series
Insights: The Future of Public Art with Karyn Olivier
register here

Join us! The Association for Public Art (aPA) of Philadelphia celebrates its 150th anniversary with a series of special programs exploring the history and future of public art.
Karyn Olivier, Philadelphia-based artist and professor of sculpture at Temple University

On Tuesday, November 15, join us for a virtual presentation and discussion with Karyn Olivier, a Philadelphia-based artist and professor of sculpture at Temple University. As an artist, Oliver is interested in existing monuments and the making of contemporary monuments and memorials. In this presentation, Oliver will discuss the main themes of her work, the challenges and responsibilities of working in the public domain, and the sources of inspiration that have shaped her as an artist.


Two people look together at an unfinished ceramic piece in an art studio.
Syd Carpenter with a student from Swarthmore. Carpenter will appear in an episode of Craft in America on PBS alongside Helen Drutt English and the Wharton Esherick Museum. Photo credit Denise Kang. Image courtesy of Craft in America.

Crafts on PBS with Syd Carpenter, Helen Drutt English and Wharton Esherick Museum

PBS Broadcast Premier December 16, 2022, 10 p.m. (check local listings)
watch trailer

Philadelphia artists Syd Carpenter, Helen Drutt English and the Wharton Esherick Museum are the cornerstones of Craft in America’s new HOME episode, which premieres November 1 on PBS and Craft in America’s digital platforms. PBS premieres on December 16 at 10 p.m. (check local listings). The HOME episode is part of the new season of Craft in America, the Peabody Award-winning documentary series on PBS that uncovers the beauty, meaning and relevance of handmade objects and the artists who create them. Watch the full episode here as a press preview with password 2022hoME

A free public screening will be held November 11 at 11:15 a.m. at the CraftNOW Symposium at Moore College Art and Design. A panel with featured artists follows. The symposium is part of CraftMONTH in Philadelphia and coincides with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

Philadelphia artists Syd Carpenter, Helen Drutt English and the Wharton Esherick Museum help viewers explore the many meanings of HOME. The word has taken on increased importance in recent years. The Craft in America episode encompasses the many facets of the home, from the physical structure, to the possessions we treasure, to the meals we share with family and friends. “Through the artists and stories portrayed in this episode, HOME honors the importance of our environment, while acknowledging the difficult stories that have shaped our ideas about it,” shares Carol Sauvion, Executive Director of Craft in America. Executive Producer Patricia Bischetti adds, “HOME offers a nuanced exploration of the environments we create and the personal, historical and creative influences that shape them.”

See the full episode with access code 2022hoME
See Syd Carpenter’s page at Craft in America
See Helen Drutt’s English page at Craft in America
To see the Wharton Esherick Museum Page at Craft in America


Philadelphia Cultural Fund Seeks Executive Director – Applications Due November 30

From PCF:
We have just launched the search for a new general manager. We are looking for a dynamic leader who has an in-depth knowledge of Philadelphia arts and culture and/or the nonprofit community and will bring a strong sense of generosity, entrepreneurship, and political savvy to the position. .

here is the link to the ED job description if you are interested in applying or know someone who might be interested in applying.

PCF is also looking for a part-time coordinator starting in January to help us with the grantmaking process. Please help us spread the word.

Program Coordinator Job Offer

The deadline to apply for both positions is Wednesday, November 30.

We also invite you to send us any questions you would like candidates to answer. Please send them to Caralyn by December 2 so that we can incorporate them into the interview process.

We are also hosting an informational webinar on the ED position on Tuesday, November 15 at 11 a.m. No registration necessary. Find out more details about the job and ask anonymous questions in the chat.

Zoom link
Access code: 102484

The Bearded Ladies is hiring an Executive Director
Learn more about the Executive Director position at the Cultural Alliance Job Bank.

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