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‘Yellow Rage’ perform at 12 Gates, ‘Tuft the World’ and Painted Bride opportunities, Terrell Halsey at iMPeRFeCT Gallery, and CETA at College Art Association

Today's News offers you a sampler of activities and goodies, from a great exhibit by Terrell Halsey of his black and white photos of Black people in everyday life at iMPeRFeCT Gallery to an opportunity to create a window display at Painted Bride Art Center's new space on 52nd St. and a great-sounding spoken word performance by Yellow Rage at 12 Gates. Be sure to sample the art scene in Philadelphia - it's rich, diverse and exciting!



Spoken word duo Yellow Rage
Thursday, January 19, 6pm
106 N. 2nd St.

Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh are founding members of the spoken word group Yellow Rage, a dynamic duo of Philly-based Asian American female spoken word poets. Yellow Rage gained international attention when they performed on the first season of the critically-acclaimed HBO television series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry in December 2001. Celebrated for their high energy and engaging performances, Catzie and Michelle have gone on several national tours and performed at hundreds of colleges and other venues around the U.S. Yellow Rage has produced two spoken word poetry albums: Black Hair, Brown Eyes, Yellow Rage, Volume 1, and Yellow Rage, Handle With Care, Volume 2.

For over two decades, Yellow Rage has made a positive impact through their poetry. Drawing from their own unique experiences, individual political ideologies, and personal life philosophies as Asian American women, Catzie and Michelle’s group and solo poems address issues which explore the intersections of race, culture, gender, community, and self. Employing multiple poetic forms and delivery styles—including hip hop-influenced rhyme, narrative poetry, theatrical monologue, song, and free verse—Yellow Rage seeks to connect people, bridge cultures, and initiate a movement of positive and progressive change.

Come out to our 12G Salon this Thursday from 6-7:30pm to see Yellow Rage perform spoken word poetry!

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CETA at February, 2023 CAA Conference, with Blaise Tobia, Virginia Maksymowicz and Andrea Kirsh

From Blaise Tobia and Virginia Maksymowicz
If any of you are planning to go up to NYC for the College Art Association conference in February, there is going to be a highly informative session focusing on an important part of American art history that has been overlooked by scholars. The panel includes Philadelphia artists Blaise Tobia and Virginia Maksymowicz, and Philadelphia art historian Andrea Kirsh. All three are regular contributors to Artblog.

Titled, “Art History in Search of a Historian,” it will discuss the largest federal program for employing artists since the Works Progress Administration — The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) — which funded 20,000 arts sector jobs from 1974 to 1982.

At its peak in 1980, CETA funneled between $200 and $300 million (over a billion in 2023 dollars) into the arts. In comparison, the National Endowment for the Arts budget that year was only $159 million.

For more information and coverage of CETA on Artblog:
2022 Andrea Kirsh feature on CETA documentation exhibit in New York

Blaise and Virginia featured on Artblog in 2019

Artblog Podcast in 2019 with Allan Edmunds about Brandywine Workshop and Archives participation in CETA


Terrell Halsey: Ascend
iMPeRFeCT Gallery
5539 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144
January 27 – February 25, 2023
Opening, January 27, 5 – 8:30 PM

From the artist: I’ve been working on this project since 2016 and am excited to have the opportunity to share it! Extending the invitation, if you’re in the area please stop by. Ascend explores the contemporary Black experience, Black consciousness, and imaginative Black futures through everyday Black life in Center City Philadelphia.

A black and white poster for an exhibition, “Ascend: Beyond the Veil” announces a photography show at iMPeRFeCT Gallery in Philadelphia, with white on black and black on white text and an image of a Black youth doing a “wheelie” on a bicycle.

More at Terrell’s website
iMPeRFeCT Gallery website


Window Project at Painted Bride Art Center’s new space

The Painted Bride needs help sprucing up our new space at 5212 Market St, and we need your help! We’re currently seeking visual artists of various backgrounds! Our window projects are compensated with an all-inclusive budget that includes any materials an artist may need, as well as their artist fee.

Learn more and submit on our website! More information and application here.

A large shop window seen at night lit up with warm yellow lights shows an art installation of many hand-made perhaps paper or fabric stars in many colors and sizes suspended in the space and several woven straw hats on the back wall around a dark doorway. A young woman stands amidst the stars looking slightly wary at something outside the window.
Painted Bride window at 5212 Market St, which features Malayaworks’ Tagong Yaman. Installation by Brandon Aquino Straus, performance by Anito Gavino and Malaya Ulan. Image courtesy of Painted Bride.

Tuft The World Beginners Workshop
Tuft The World HQ
Saturday, January 21, 2023, 10 AM – 3 PM

Join us at our HQ for our next beginner tufting class! In this hands-on instructional class, participants will learn to use power tufting machines to create a rug or wall hanging. The 5-hour class will cover the basics of setting up a tufting frame with stretched primary cloth and threading and operating tufting machines. Instructions for how to cut, glue, and finish a tufted piece will also be provided.⁠⁠

A group of people outside in the summer pose for a picture supporting the organization “Tuft the World,” smiling and some mugging for the camera, the people are diverse, men and women, Black, Brown and white.
A group of “Tuft the World” supporters pose with the organization’s founder, Tim Eads, standing, fourth from left. Image courtesy of Tuft the World.

Space is limited to 20 participants! ⁠Sign up here