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Meet The Alliance, plus Penny Balkin Bach and Christina Vassallo transition out, and opportunities

In today's News post we round up a short and sweet list for you of interesting organizations new to us (The Alliance), news of leadership transitions at the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Association for Public Art, and two great opportunities, one a $1.1M Percent for Art open call, and the other, a winter artist residency at Pink Noise Projects! The Artblog News, always useful, sometimes fun!



The Alliance – great organization you should know about

Anula Shetty, award-winning filmmaker and new media artist, is on the Board. She’s co-director of Termite TV Collective.

The Alliance envisions and believes in a world where artists, storytellers and community media organizations are valued as leaders and catalysts of economic and cultural revitalization. Learn more on their site here.

Anula Shetty from The Alliance on the street in Philadelphia.
Anula Shetty, Secretary on the Board of Directors at The Alliance. Photo courtesy of The Alliance.

Recent leadership change announcements – Christina Vassallo and Penny Bach

Penny Balkin Bach  is retiring from long time Directorship with Association for Public Art, where she led initiatives in neighborhood public art and steered the organization through a successful name change, from Fairmount Park Art Association to Association for Public Art, plus many other accomplishments.

Christina Vassallo is leaving FWM to be Executive Director of Cincinnati Arts Center – Christina took over during the pandemic and steered the museum into many diverse and exciting programs.

Penny Balkin Bach, former director of the Association for Public Art, riding in an fabrication by artist Cai Guo-Qiang.
Fabrication of Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies pedicabs (2017). From left: Cai Guo-Qiang, Lance Fung, Penny Balkin Bach, John Talley. Image courtesy of the Association for Public Art.


PHDC Percent for Art Call – $1.1M art for new Festival Pier – DUE JAN. 10, 2023

Thank you to Public Art Consultant Jacque Liu, who was with the Percent for Art Program at the City, for passing this along.  PHDC is announcing a new RFQ for artists! This is one of the largest award opportunities presented by the Percent for Art program. Festival Pier is the second-largest publicly owned parcel on the Delaware River waterfront. This project will be part of a larger investment strategy in the area.

PHDC and the development team of Haverford properties and Jefferson Apartment Group announce a two-stage process by which we will award and commission public artwork at the Riverview development to be located at Festival Pier, at Spring Garden Street and Columbus Boulevard.

The Property is being developed in coordination with the Percent for Art Program, which requires developers building on land acquired from the public sector to commit one percent (1%) of their construction costs to original, site-specific works of art. The Art Budget for the Project is one million, one hundred thousand dollars ($1,100,000).

Call for Artists: Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is Part 1 of a two-part Public Art Selection Process for Festival Pier in which up to five finalists will be selected by PHDC based on recommendations from PHDC Public Art Committee, the Developer, and community members.

Finalists will move on to Part 2: Request for Proposals (RFP) where they will be invited to develop full proposals. Finalists will receive a three thousand five-hundred-dollar ($3,500) honorarium in return for completing and presenting their proposal to a Review Committee who will be comprised of the Art Committee and development project stakeholders.

Complete information and submission link here

Pink Noise Projects Winter Residency Program – DUE DEC. 3

Pink Noise Projects is pleased to announce the opening of our application period for the Pink Noise Projects (PNP) Winter Residency Program, which will run from December 15, 2022 to February 5, 2023. Applicants can apply to be PNP’s winter artist-in-residence, utilizing our gallery space to advance projects, research, or other types of creative activity.

Our winter artist-in-residence will have full access to our gallery space in the Rollins Building at 319 N. 11th Street (2nd Floor), Philadelphia, PA for their approved residency duration, which includes support from PNP collective members and proximity to all that the Callowhill neighborhood has to offer. Our winter artist-in-residence will also be invited to showcase the projects they completed during their residency during a First Friday presentation on February 3, 2023.

In the context of ongoing development projects throughout our city that are displacing artists, PNP is invested in offering our space as a resource for artists, creatives, and other practitioners who are struggling to find affordable studio space in Philadelphia. We hope to provide a space for reflection and create new opportunities for creativity, connection, and contemplation within our arts community.

Those eligible to apply include visual artists working in any medium, writers, curators, and anyone who considers themselves a creative thinker and producer. More details and submission instructions here.