Voting day news – Art+Philadelphia Youth Poetry memorial May 7 for youth poet Tyrone Alexander Tillman, plus opportunities from Icebox Project Space, PCAH, UCAL, PAFA, Cerulean Arts, WXPN World Cafe

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Philadelphia Youth Poets
Philadelphia Youth Poets. Image courtesy of Gravers Lane Gallery

Friend of Artblog Bruce Hoffman, who is director of Gravers Lane Gallery, wrote to say the gallery was organizing a special program and poetry event, Saturday, May 7, 1PM-5PM, honoring slain aspiring poet, Tyrone Alexander Tillman. Tillman was a high school student and active in the Philadelphia Youth Poetry movement. Gallery artist, Rachel Bliss, whose work is on view during the month of May, has a connection with the youth – killed by a hit and run driver while riding his bike – and explained it to me in a recent message:

My daughter, Freda Anderson, had a connection with him (Tyrone). Freda and her colleague Sydney Coffin are the student’s poetry teachers and coach their poetry slam team. Freda and Sydney are also both poets themselves, besides being teachers. So that’s how I am connected to Tyrone, because I spent time with him because he was my daughter’s student.

This event is a collaboration that Freda, Sydney, Yusef, and I did with the students in order to honor Tyrone’s memory, and the entire team as a family.


More about the event on May 7 from Gravers Lane:

Gravers Lane Gallery, located at 8405 Germantown Ave. in the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, is please to Present: “Night Animals: Divine King After Dust In Honor of Tyrone”, an exhibition, poetry reading and poetry slam, a collaboration with the Edison High School poetry slam team, Yusef Komunyakaa and Rachel Bliss. The event will include Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and Distinguished Senior Poet at New York University’s graduate creative writing program and Rachel Bliss, nationally recognized painter.

The exhibition is in celebration of the life of Tyrone Alexander Tillman, tragically killed in a hit and run accident. The event will include paintings by Rachel Bliss and the young men and women of from Edison High School along with a poetry reading by Yusef Komunyakaa and the students. Supported by their teachers, Freda Anderson, Sydney Coffin.
EVENTS TiME: 1:00pm-2:00pm Poetry reading by Yusef Komunyakaa students.
Reception: 3:00pm-5:00pm generously provided by WEAVERS WAY COOP.

The exhibition will open May 1st and run through May 30th 2016. Opening reception will take place Saturday, May 7th 1-5pm. The opening is free and the public is welcome. The gallery is handicap accessible.



(We’ve told you about this before) Lowe Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity in the Fine Arts-PAFAMore information here.

Call for Artists for juried show at Cerulean Arts

Cerulean Arts is accepting entries for our 4th Annual Juried Exhibition to be held June 22 – July 16, 2016. This year’s juror is Philadelphia artist James Dupree. Entry deadline: postmarked by April 29, 2016. More information here.


An Activist Call for young artists (26+under) for LIVE WORK exhibition at the Icebox

The Icebox Project Space is pleased to announce a FREE call for entries from artists in the greater Philadelphia area born after 1990 (26 and under), and not currently enrolled in a BFA or MFA program. Open to all media and philosophies, juried and curated by Timothy Belknap and Ryan McCartney.

-send a message to with up to 4 files (.jpg, .mov, .wav, etc)
-be sure to include your contact information and please confirm that you meet eligibility requirements

-artists will be notified by May 23rd
-exhibition on view from June 25 through July 16th

In a city as expansive as Philadelphia, our ever-growing arts community is not growing fast enough. The diversity of makers here is not always apparent, and the opportunity to be seen and heard is not always present, especially for those early in their careers. In response to this certain lack, The Icebox Project Space will host LIVE WORK, specifically focusing on providing a chance for younger artists outside of academic structures to exhibit, with no prohibitive fees or barriers. Providing this platform is meant not only as an act of inclusion, but also as an acknowledgement of the commitment that every artist makes in working and negotiating a space for their practice.

World Cafe Contributing Host

WXPN is looking for an engaging Contributing Host and Digital Segment Producer for World Cafe, its 2 hour daily national music program distributed by NPR. S/he will create, produce, and host digital content for the web, self-contained segments for the radio show, and serve as a contributing host for World Cafe. S/he will occasionally host regular programs on WXPN.

BA/BS or equivalent experience required. A minimum of three years of outstanding experience in music programming, producing and interviewing in the field of radio, television or podcasting required. Exceptional knowledge of a wide range of contemporary music and excellent storytelling, journalism, and interviewing skills are essential. Must have the ability to produce a full range of music programming content, including music selection and hosting. Must have strong social media skills on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram. Experience booking artists preferred. Minimum of 3 years experience creating digital media, online production, including writing, editing, HTML, and photography desired.

Ideal candidate must have impeccable organizational skills, a successful history of managing a demanding workload, and good people skills. This position requires formal and informal public appearances. Must possess excellent technical skills & experience with software like Adobe Audition & Cool Edit to produce and edit sessions; blogging software like WordPress and content management systems; Master Control or some other form of digital audio playlist software. Experience at public radio station and on-air fund raising a plus.

More information here.

Program Manager – University City Arts League

The University City Arts League (UCAL) is seeking a full-time Program Manager to assume a leadership role in a growing and exciting community arts center in Philadelphia. The Program Manager will be part of a team of professional staff, teaching artists and board committed to excellence and learning in the arts for people of all ages and backgrounds. UCAL serves more than 7,000 students each year through classes in the visual and performing arts.

This position reports to the Executive Director.

Position Overview:

The Program Manager is responsible for the Arts League’s educational programming from planning to execution, working with a variety of institutions and constituents. The Program Manager will oversee the work of some 30 teaching artists including screening, hiring and monitoring programs. Programs range from pre-school dance through poetry for the elderly, both onsite at our center and at partner organizations in the community. The Program Manager will work closely with the Executive Director and board to fulfill the Arts League’s mission. Responsibilities include financial and enrollment reporting, as well as budget and supplies management. This position is full-time and comes with a generous benefits package.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with a passion for arts education and experience with the arts community in Philadelphia. The Board of Directors seeks a candidate who is enthusiastic about fostering opportunities for creative expression, artistic exploration and skill building. More information here.

PCAH seeks Center Specialist in the Visual Arts

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage employs a staff of talented, motivated individuals with experience and interest in the nonprofit and/or arts and culture sectors. We are currently seeking candidates for the open, full-time position of Center Specialist in the visual arts, with expertise in contemporary visual art, including knowledge of performance practice that grows out of visual art and other hybrid forms. The job is an ideal, early-career position for a clear, and intellectually flexible thinker and communicator who understands the need for discretion, has good organizational judgment, and works well as part of a team.

More information here.