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Iconic mural by Joshua Sarantitis comes down, survey on quality of artist life in Philadelphia goes to Mayor Kenney, Streets Department reports on new Septa art, plus Opportunities galore!

News today includes some terrific opportunities for a program manager job and a couple open calls for exhibitions. Also featured is a mural ending (i.e. the building it's on is being demolished), a good read and a survey for you to weigh in on your quality of life as an artist in Philadelphia.



Like filling out surveys? Here’s one about the quality of your life — as an artist — in Philadelphia. 28 questions – it will take a little time to complete but the questions are good, not frivolous and should yield good information to take forward. Liz Krick posted (thanks, Liz!) but I’m not sure who wrote the survey…but do it TODAY (Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017) because results will be presented to City tonight!

Spotlight on ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS FROM PHILLY AND SURROUNDING AREA: I NEED YOUR VOICE!! Tuesday I’m going to be presenting to the Mayors Culture, Art and Creative Economy Committee about Quality of Life Issues that artists living and working in Philly face. The end goals are tax free sales of art for people selling here, some sort of city run healthcare for artists, and low cost, safe, secure studio spaces. They are really interested, so I’m really hopeful. BUT– I need more than just my voice. I put together an anonymous survey, and if you’d like to participate you just follow the link and put in your two cents.

Good Read

Streets Department’s Conrad Benner spots a new art project by Ryan Strand Greenberg in Septa stations.

More News

Joshua Sarantitis, Colors of Light, mural completed in 1999. To be demolished August, 2017
Joshua Sarantitis, Colors of Light, mural completed in 1999. To be demolished August, 2017

Joshua Sarantitis mural coming down after almost 20 years at 12th and Vine

WHERE: Southeast corner of 12th and Vine St. (247 N 12 Street)
When: Friday August 18, 3:00 PM. Please arrive by 2:45
What: Short speaking program: Gayle Isa, Executive Director, Asian Arts Initiative; Jane Golden, Executive Director, Mural Arts Program; Sarah Yeung, Director of Planning, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation; Representative from Councilman Mark Squilla’s Office

Completed in 1999 by artist Joshua Sarantitis, Colors of Light, mural will be decommissioned on August 18th due to development of the adjacent lot. This mural created by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts program in partnership with Asian Arts Initiative and the local community uses the dragon, and the image of Asian Arts Initiative’s founding Executive Director, Gayle Isa, to portray the seamlessness of the past, present, and future. There will be a short program of speakers including Gayle Isa, Jane Golden of Mural Arts Program, Sarah Yeung at PCDC, and a representative from the office of Councilman Mark Squilla. Please join us as we say goodbye to this iconic mural. Light refreshments will be served.


Philadelphia Cultural Fund has released 2018 Grant Guidelines & Applications! Deadline Sept. 30, 2017

Complete application information and guidelines here.

Open Call at Pilot + Projects – Deadline Aug. 15, 2017

Idle Hands – Further Adventures in Metaphysical Arbitrage-Readymade Competition!
Exhibition and awards ceremony September 9th, 2017. Competition is fierce! See website for details, terms and conditions.
Pilot + Projects
1719 N 5th St, Philadelphia PA, 19122
Complete information at Pilot+Projects website

Open Call at Fjord for Fall juried show – Deadline Aug. 31, 2017

Information: FJORD Gallery is pleased to announce an open call for our 2017 Juried Exhibition curated by FJORD’s artist members. There is not specific theme for the open call. All media types are welcome and experimental, challenging, non-traditional works are encouraged.

​EXHIBITON DATES: October 12-November 4
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by: September 15
Accepted works need to be delivered to gallery by: September 30
Opening reception: Thursday, October 12 from 6-9pm
Complete information at Fjord Gallery website

University City Arts League seeks Program Manager – Deadline Aug. 25, 2017

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, three references, and salary requirements to The University City Arts League is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No calls please. Full details at UCAL website