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Ars Nova+ImproTech bring music and electronics folks together in FREE workshops at University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University and two concerts! Congratulations, Village of Arts and Humanities on ArtPlace America award! Plus Painted Bride goes nomadic

It's a lovely lead up to the holidays with some free workshops and concert and news of a huge grant to Village of Arts and Humanities, plus a little newsette ICYMI.



Poster for Ars Nova and Improtech workshops

Our friends at Ars Nova Workshop are hosting a remarkable FREE, 3-day workshop at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, Monday, Dec. 11- Wednesday, Dec. 13. In addition to the 3-days of intense workshopping focused on music and technology/electronics, the collaborative event, hosted by Ars Nova and Paris-based ImproTech, has two concerts, one of them FREE (Rotunda, Dec. 13), with a list of big names in the field. Rsvp here for the workshops/tickets for the concert.

More information and complete lineup at these links here and here.

Looking at this workshop from the outside, I would say it’s a music nerd’s paradise. I love the language and the abbreviations used in the write up:

Improtech Paris – Philly (ikPP)
gathers scholars, technologists, musicians, makers, around the idea of musical improvisation with digital intelligence (IDI), taking notice of the emergence and development of this new creative field. ikPP creates a link between the european and american research and creation scenes through the symbolic matching of two of their more eminent emblems, Paris and Philadelphia, just as it did a few years ago with Paris and New York.

And while many of the sessions are intriguing, I am particularly fond of the DITLOrk workshop at 11:15 AM on Dec. 13 at UPenn’s Fisher-Bennett Hall, 419 Rose Hall, 3340 Walnut St. I’ve never heard of Laptop Orchestras but am imagining it and love the idea of their use in education. More below.

DITLOrk – Do-It-Together Laptop Orchestra:

Erich Barganier

The concept of a laptop orchestra has become entrenched in academia and is not necessarily accessible to those with limited technological abilities. This talk deals with how we can democratize laptop orchestras, strategies for how to organize any group of people with access to a laptop and Supercollider into a laptop orchestra, and strategies to connect participants remotely. This talk will also address the laptop orchestra as an effective pedagogical tool as a STEM project in Hackerspaces and Makerspaces.

So, Voila, check the links to see the stellar roundup of performers the wild-sounding workshops and tiptoe in to the new (or maybe not so new) world of electronic+instrumental music.

Congratulations to the Village of Arts and Humanities, recipient of a 2017 Artplace America award of $500,000 for their Civic Power Studio! We at Artblog collaborated with the Village on our Artist and Social Responsibility Project and are humbled by all the amazing good work they are doing in their North Philadelphia community.

Image is a community meeting with local leaders and builders from our neighborhood. Courtesy of Village of Arts and Humanities
Image is a community meeting with local leaders and builders from our neighborhood. Courtesy of Village of Arts and Humanities

From Lillian Dunn, Manager, Spaces Residency Program at the Village…We won $500,000 from Artplace America to renovate 2 long-vacant buildings on our campus into a Civic Power Studio. It will be a space where local civic leaders can share expertise across generations, collaborate with police, politicians, and experts, and study and amplify our community’s civic power. The idea grew out of The Village’s founding legacy, as well as the evolution of the SPACES program over the last few years…

ArtPlace America announced that The Village of Arts and Humanities has been chosen from nearly a thousand applications to receive funding through its 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund.(See all 23 awardees here.) This is The Village’s second award from ArtPlace, an honor shared by only a few recipients since ArtPlace’s inception. The Village will use this $500k grant to build the Civic Power Studio

ArtPlace received 987 applications in 2017, from which 70 finalists were selected and The Village is one of only 23 projects that will receive funding this year. ArtPlace has a deep commitment to investing in rural America, with almost 52% of this year’s funded projects working in rural communities…

The Village will embark on a community-driven design process to transform two vacant row homes into a multi-media creatorspace for community members, artists, law enforcement, and neighborhood stakeholders to collaborate on new public safety strategies rooted in care rather than control. This year, The Village of Arts and Humanities is the only previous recipient of ArtPlace funding.

“This project was born within the community and manifested through trusted relationships built over many years. For The Village, this is the hallmark of equitable creative placemaking,” said Aviva Kapust, Executive Director at The Village. “We are deeply humbled and honored to have received this award for a second time from our partners and funders at ArtPlace.”

“The Civic Power Studio is like the root of the tree. From the roots grow respect. Many various projects are the branches. And public safety is the shade that the tree gives the community,” said Ms. Nandi, Neighborhood Leader.

“This year’s investments highlight critical dimensions of creative placemaking strategy that can provide great inspiration to communities across the country.” said F. Javier Torres, Director of National Grantmaking at ArtPlace. “We are deeply excited to announce these 23 new investments as our seventh cohort of funded projects through the National Creative Placemaking Fund.”

“Creative Placemaking seeks the full and robust integration of art and culture into the decisions that define the ebb and flow of community life. These projects embody what this looks like at its most effective,” said Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation and Chair of the ArtPlace President’s Council. “We were overwhelmed by the extraordinary commitment demonstrated in these projects – contributing to the growing understanding of creative placemaking efforts throughout the nation.” More information here and for more about the Civic Power Studio, visit this link.


Painted Bride to sell its building and go nomadic with programming that will support artists without the encumbrance of the bricks and mortar. Read the Inquirer article here. We wish them well!