Congratulations, Maori Holmes, Donald Camp and Cruxspace! Plus a good opportunity from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

We happily congratulation Donald Camp on a Lifetime Achievement award, and Maori Holmes as new Executive Director of Array Alliance! And we are thrilled for Cruxspace, now located in WeWork at the Piazza. Plus a nice opportunity from the PA Council on the Arts. News you need. News of our world.


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Preparing for the opening at CruxSpace.

In case you missed it, CRUXspace, the new media gallery, has relocated to WeWork in the Piazza in Northern Liberties. Congratulations, Andrew Cameron Zahn and Kim Brickley! We are fond of new media and of Cruxspace, a gallery dedicated to showing the work of artists experimenting with video/audio/Internet and other technology tools. Here’s a brief post with audio and pictures from their opening in 2014. More about the gallery:

Founded in January 2014 by Andrew Cameron Zahn and run in conjunction with curator Kim Brickley, CRUXspace is not only a gallery with work influenced by and created with technology, but also a space for experimental projects to be born. CRUXspace will continue to provide an ongoing lineup of the best in New Media Art and Design, join us!


Congratulations, Maori Holmes, formerly with Philadelphia’s ICA, and Blackstar Film Festival and now, Executive Director of Ava Duverney’s Array Alliance! More below and at the link.

Former Producing Artistic Director of the BlackStar Film Festival Maori Holmes has been appointed Executive Director of the non-profit Array Alliance. Additionally, longtime ARRAY Executive Director Tilane Jones had been promoted to Vice-President of ARRAY Releasing, the film distribution unit of the eight-year old collective.

“It is a gift to have Maori Holmes join our tribe as we enter a new era of public programming and educational work at ARRAY,” DuVernay said today of the ex- Director of Public Engagement at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. “Maori brings a deep well of knowledge around artist-centered organizations and a stellar reputation in the world of artists and curators of color,” the Oscar nominee added.

“She joins a passionate team here headed by Tilane Jones, who just celebrated ten years of work with ARRAY amplifying films by women and people of color,” DuVernay declared.

Having picked up DuVernay’s own 2012 Sundance winner Middle of Nowhere and nearly 20 other films for distribution on big screens across the country and also via the likes of Netflix, ARRAY has proven a sturdy outlet for independent filmmakers since its formal 2010 founding. The last pic acquired by the collective was education documentary Teach Us All last August. The film by first time director Sonia Lowman debuted on September 25 last year on Netflix – which, of course, was the launch pad for DuVernay’s Academy Award nominated docu 13th too.


Congratulations, Donald Camp, artist and magician, for your 2017 Lifetime achievement award from International Association of Black Magical Performers! Listen to our 2013 podcast with Donald Camp, wherein he talks about art and spirituality and performing magical tricks.​


Via Betty Leacraft…Dana Payne, Director of the PCA Dance, Folk & Traditional Arts and Preserving Diverse Cultures (PDC) divisions will present a grant opportunities workshop in Philadelphia in preparation for March and April submission deadlines. More below.

This presentation will provide participants with an overview of PCA funding programs and opportunities, including the Resident Artist Program(RAP), the PDC Strategies for Success capacity building program and the Community-Based Engagement Project, a program designed to engage ALANAH (African American, Latino, Asian, Asian American, Native American and Hispanic) communities in the collaborative development and implementation of community-based arts and culture projects.

The presentation will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6pm-8pm at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts located at 736-38 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146.

Please contact Dana Payne at to RSVP or for more information.

Strategies for Success Due Date – Monday, March 19, 2018
Community-Based Engagement Project Letter of Interest Due Date – Friday, April 6, 2018

2018/2019 Preserving Diverse Cultures Division guidelines are available on the PCA website.