‘Trouble’ available, the magazine, that is, Gabe Martinez speaks at Taller Puertorriqueño, Music everywhere and several great opportunities

"Trouble" magazine is a "surreal adventure in page turning," says Roberta, about the publication started by Matthew Rose. Also rounded up in this News edition, a talk online or in person with one of Artblog's favorite artists, Gabe Martinez; information about the Pan-Philadelphia music festival "Rehearsing Philadelphia, a musical cornucopia inclusive of all styles and ensembles. Finally, there are some good opportunities for money for working artists, non-profit organizations, and students interested in a paid internship at the Print Center!


A collage of images featuring a big red frame for an unbuilt house in the foreground and the word "touble" written in orange hovering above the house. and in the bottom left, text in pink says "volume one number four spring 2022."
Cover of Trouble, Volume One, Issue Four, Editor and Publisher, Matthew Rose, with permission

Our good friend, Matthew Rose, artist, writer and a former contributor to Artblog — writing from around the world, on the ground, where he lived, worked and traveled – has a wonderful new collaborative project, a magazine, “Trouble,” that sprouted during the pandemic from the fertile minds of Matthew and his artist and writer friends, as a fantastic joint project. “Trouble” is now in its first volume, issue number 4, and you should check it out! Filled with writings, poems, comics, and tons of art by artists from around the globe, trouble is a surreal adventure in page turning. You can download a free PDF or view “Trouble” online. Or, order a hardcopy! Bravo, Matthew and all your collaborators! Stay in trouble.

“Trouble” – Writing by: Gwen Strauss, Alexandra Ernst, Matthew Rose & Francis H. Powell. Art by: James Meyer, Oliver Zabel, Alice Fox, Amelie (from Kyiv), Allan Bealy, Alice Wellinger, Lance Letscher, Liz Stirling, Anselm Kiefer, Jamie Newton, Matthew Rose & Kenny Schachter. Cartoons by: Pablo Helguera & Jamie Newton. – Download the PDF | Order the hard copy


Portrait of a man with a beard and glasses leaning on a table you don't see with a bright orange and teal background.
Gabe Martinez. Photo courtesy of Gabe Martinez. Photoshop design by Morgan Nitz

Gabe Martinez and Elizabeth Spungen Online and in PersonTalk at Taller Puertorriqueño – Saturday, March 26, 3:15-4 PM
Elizabeth Spungen speaks with Gabriel Martínez about publishing books on photography and artists and Martínez’s 2015 show Bayside Revisited at The Print Center. 50 people seating limit. This talk is a collaboration between Taller Puertorriqueño and The Print Center, and is a program of Martínez’s exhibition, Un Viaje Entre (on view through April 9th).

Register to reserve a seat for in person
Watch on YouTube live.

About the speakers
Gabriel Martínez is a photo-based, multidisciplinary, Philadelphia-based artist and educator born and raised in Miami, Florida. He has been teaching in the Photo Program for the Department of Fine Arts, Penn Design, for the last 20 years.

Elizabeth Spungen is the Executive Director of The Print Center in Philadelphia since 2006, where she has curated 10 exhibitions, overseen over 90 others, and has produced numerous books. Previously, Liz was on the staff at the Institute of Contemporary Art, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, and Bryn Mawr College, and was President of the Arcadia University Art Gallery and Chester Springs Studio.


Rehearsing Philadelphia – Music Around Town – March 25, 2022 – April 10, 2022
Starting Friday, March 25th, Rehearsing Philadelphia — a three week long citywide art-based public project created by Berlin-based composer and artist, Ari Benjamin Meyers; Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design; and The Curtis Institute of Music — will take center stage across Philadelphia.

Rehearsing Philadelphia will bring together a diverse cohort of artists at the project’s Instagram to create shared experiences and encourage important dialogue that challenges the notions of hierarchy, inclusion and access that have defined organized music of the past. Local and international professional and non-professional musicians, vocalists, rappers, performance artists and composers will participate at venues that are symbolic of social and radical spaces of power and locations of collective memory around the City of Philadelphia.
200+ artists, from Philadelphia and around the world, seek together to redefine the position of music and performance in terms of socially engaged public art and use this reframing as a way to think anew about existing institutions, hierarchies, monuments. Just as we may ask today who gets to write the stories and who gets to tell them, we ask who gets to compose, who gets to play, and who gets to conduct? These questions are engaged with through the creation of new works that will unfold as a grand rehearsal throughout Philadelphia.

Major support for Rehearsing Philadelphia has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Check the project website for the many locations clearly mapped out with times and days of events linked to the sites.



Art is Essential – Deadline to apply: 4:00PM ET, Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Art is Essential is looking for excellent ideas. Submission is easy. Submit a 500-word description of your idea and a narrative bio, headshot and some contact information. The application is online here.

“Up to 50 artists will each be awarded $1,000 for their ideas. These winning ideas will be shared on the city’s website and social media channels. Ideas may be in any medium but should consider how people can interact with the work. Through this project, we hope to foster, showcase, and amplify artists’ ideas about the evolving role of public art in our city.”


Art Works Grants from Forman Arts Initiative and the Philadelphia Foundation – Deadline – May 16, 2022

Continuing in 2022, ArtWorks will grant a total of $3 million to BIPOC led community-based organizations AND individual artists in the region. Grants will be multi-year and can be used to support general operating costs.

Those who have an established track record of working in partnership with Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and other under-served communities. Grant amounts: two-year, unrestricted grants. Awards will range from $50,000-$150,000 annually. REQUIRED: Nonprofits: 501(c)(3) status; Budgets between $250,000 and $5 million.

The program is open to both visual and performing artists who have experience working with and connection to communities in Greater Philadelphia. Grants for individual artists are considered taxable income. Grant amounts: $25,000 each awarded per year during 2 years (total $50,000)
REQUIRED: Artists: Individual artists must operate in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania or Burlington or Camden counties in New Jersey.

A project of the Forman Arts Initiative and the Philadelphia Foundation.
Learn more here

The Print Center Paid Summer Internship – Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

The Print Center’s newly established Paid Summer Internship creates a supportive pathway for BIPOC students to explore and advance in the arts. It is designed to foster intentional training and professional development for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts and are from backgrounds currently under-represented in our field.

View the Full Description and Application here