Curate This! launches summer issue, Moore thesis students perform, great Sarah McEneaney interview at Philly Stewards, cool West Park Fest video and great opportunities with Monument Lab!

News today includes some great opportunities and links to a good read and a good view, all from our wonderful Philadelphia scene. It's News of our world! Get some.


Curate This launches new season of works online debuting online July 31, 2017! I’m not a cool kid but nevertheless, the cool kids, Julius Ferraro and Amanda Wagner, welcomed me as a curator on their great site, Curate This. Curating on Curate This is a rigorous experience and like all curating is very worthwhile work. It’s also a fun way to exercise your initiative and organize material and publish it to the whole wide world. I recommend you get in touch with Amanda and Julius and express yourself. Here’s my podcast interview with the two Curate This co-founders. From their recent press release and check out the site:

Amanda Wagner and Julius Ferraro of Curate This
Amanda Wagner and Julius Ferraro of Curate This

Curate This, Philadelphia’s leading artist-curated digital publication, is a dedicated platform for artists to define and drive the conversation about the arts in Philadelphia. The digital publication’s unconventional publishing structure, where artists curate essays and articles, has featured both the work of up-and-coming artists and the most prominent artists in Philadelphia, like Jane Goldenand Nick Stuccio.

“Curate This is Philly’s ‘bully pulpit,’ offering artists and culture lovers a platform to broadcast the excellence of our city’s art scene and to dig into some of our big issues,” says Roberta Fallon, editor of Artblog and a previous curator on Curate This. “I loved being at the pulpit and look forward to taking another turn!”

“As journalists, we realize our voices are limited,” says Curate This co-founder Julius Ferraro. “So we want to put a megaphone to the voices of artists of all backgrounds and experiences. Curate This’ goal has always been to elevate the Philadelphia art to global prominence. This season we’re focusing on diversifying the conversation and connecting the dots between different kinds of artists.”


Via Jacque Liu, who has been been working with Moore College MA/MFA students on pubic programming related to their thesis show, currently up at the Galleries at Moore. Performances are tomorrow, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8 PM, at Moore, 20th and The Parkway. More information at the Facebook event page. I was invited to do studio visits with the students and wrote about them and their works here.

A good Read and a Good Video

Wonderful interview of Sarah McEneaney by Leigh Werrell on Philly Stewards. Congrats!!

Theresa Rose sent me the link to a video of the wonderful West Park Fest, which took place in June in Fairmount Park near the Please Touch Museum. Featured artists, sponsored by Fairmount Park Conservancy, were Tim Belknap, Eugene Lew, Tiona McClodden, Claes Gabriel, Taji Ra’Oof Nahl and Theresa curated the art.  Note the drone camera footage!


Two from Monument Lab: High School Research Fellows and Research Lab Managers – Apply by July 21!

1. Research Lab Manager

Monument Lab, coming to Philadelphia in fall 2017, is a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia. The project, taking place over nine weeks between September 16 and November 19, challenges people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.

Temporary monuments conceived by the artists will appear in public spaces across the city, accompanied by interactive pop-up “laboratories” for creative conversations and research collected by youth art guides.

Monument Lab Managers lead a collaborative team working at one of the labs to foster conversations with public participants about art, history, civic engagement, and monuments. Ideal candidates are teaching artists, educators, community organizers, public historians, social workers, and others in related fields.

This position requires two weekdays (Wednesdays and Thursdays) from 3:30 to 7:30 pm, and both weekend days from 11:30 to 5:30 pm for the duration of the project in addition to participation in an orientation, meetings, and training.
From September–November 2017, with an orientation in August. $2500 stipend to be paid in five $500 installments.


2. High School Research Fellows

Monument Lab High School Research Fellows join a collaborative team working at one of the labs to foster conversations with public participants about art, history, civic engagement, and monuments. The fellows will be based at one of the 10 research labs, two afternoons a week. Fellows will assist in collecting ideas and proposals from members of the community, and help make sure those ideas are documented as part of a larger report to the city. The fellows should be high school students from the Philadelphia community, and should be excited about talking with other Philadelphians about art, history, and the city.

This position requires one weekday (Wednesday or Thursday) from 4 to 7 pm, and one weekend day from 12 to 5 pm for the duration of the project in addition to participation in orientations and training.

From September–November 2017 (9 weeks). $800 stipend to be paid in eight $100 payments.



Open Call at The Halide Project – Traditional photography processes – Apply by Aug. 2, 2017

The Halide Project is accepting submissions for its annual call-for-entries exhibition, Living Image. At The Halide Project, our mission is to foster the traditional photographic arts, and Living Image gives film and alternative process photographers the opportunity to share their work with others and see the work that others are creating. One grand prize winner will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to take part in our annual invitational exhibition, slated for spring 2018. Photographers featured in our past invitational exhibitions include Bill Armstrong, Lisa Elmaleh, Vincent Feldman, Tricia Rosenkilde, and Sarah Van Keuren, among others. The show will be at Gravy Studios in October, 2017. Complete details at the website.


This one is especially for you Southern California artists – Side Street Projects – Due Aug. 28, 2017

Side Street Projects is requesting proposals for ‘Public Anchors’. We will commission three site specific semi-permanent community engaged public art installations at our Mobile Headquarters between 9/4/17 and 3/1/18. The funding was received for installations at a new location, but our lease agreement has fallen through and we are actively seeking a new location in the neighborhood. We are seeking projects that address the themes of mobility and liminal space. The site is our mobile headquarters, and the projects must be able to move with the organization when a new location has been secured. Once we move they will be “anchored”. Proposals due 12 AM, August 28, 2017. READ FULL REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL