Artblog’s auction online, Theresa Rose, JJ Tizou, Martha Madigan and Museum workers union

A true hodgepodge of information for you, this week's News rounds up the comings, goings, passing and otherwise interesting tidbits circulating in the Philadelphia arts ether. Take a look!

Artblog News

Artblog auction is online with “Buy Now” option live on Thursday, Sept. 8!

A black and white photo shows a young Black boy running through a large fountain with sculptural figures in the background.
‘Black Boy Joy,” by Terrell Halsey. (Edition 3/21), Digital Photography Print on Hahnemule Photo Rag Baryta, 24×36”

We love artists and are humbled once again by their generosity towards Artblog! The breadth and depth of the art donated to the Artblog auction is wonderful and a really lovely representation of the Philadelphia art community. Take a look at our online auction page here and see what we mean! The online auction will be live with a “Buy Now” option from 8:00 AM on Thursday, Sept. 8 to NOON on Thursday, Sept. 15. Complete information about the auction is here. Register here.


Theresa Rose is inaugural Managing Director of Rair! Congrats Theresa!

RAIR, Recycled Artist in Residency, is “gearing up for programmatic expansion and site development,” and they’ve added Theresa Rose to their team as Managing Director! Artblog is a big fan of RAIR and of Theresa Rose, artist, educator, curator, administrator and advocate. We were very fortunate to have Theresa as the teacher of Artblog’s Artist and Social Responsibility Class held at the Village of Arts and Humanities in 2015! Theresa was a wonderful teacher and mentor for that class. From the RAIR media release…

”Rose’s arrival marks a significant moment for RAIR as they embark on strategic planning to grow capacity, building partnerships within communities new and old, redefining their support of the circular economy, as well as developing new programs and initiatives that begin to utilize the Superfund site adjacent to their current location. The Superfund site, aka Metal Bank, will serve as an extension of the artist residency program, as well as a testing ground for environmental and ecological work.”


Sixteen BIPOC Arts Organizations Receive Over $6 million in General Operating Support Grants Through Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is pleased to be a part of the collaborative effort to bring Ford Foundation’s “America’s Cultural Treasures” initiative to Philadelphia. Learn more in this press release from the William Penn Foundation. More information here. Congratulations to the recipients of these needed operating support grants:

African American Museum in Philadelphia
Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
Asian Arts Initiative
Brandywine Workshop
Bushfire Theatre of Performing Arts
Community Education Center
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Philly Inc.
Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble, Inc.
Norris Square Neighborhood Project
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts
Scribe Video Center
South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)
Taller Puertorriqueño
The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!)
West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance/Paul Robeson House & Museum

JJ Tizzou’s 10th walk around the perimeter of Philadelphia
Read all about it here and register here for tickets. Walks are sept. 10 – 26, and you can stumble in and tumble out as you will. Tickets are sliding scale, $15/25/50 per walk segment

Martha Madigan dies (via Virginia Maksymowicz)
We are sorry to note the news of Martha Madigan’s passing. Read more about the artist and educator here.

PMA Workers Union votes to strike
It strikes us as strange that the Philadelphia Museum of Art would fight a workers union. But that is what is happening apparently. Hopefully negotiations (which are ongoing) will resolve the issues so that a strike is not needed. Strikes are hard on workers as well as institutions and we wish enlightenment to rain down on the souls of the PMA negotiators and strength to fill the spirits of the workers.