Janyce Denise Glasper reads ‘Route’ at Vox Populi, podcast with Mickayel Thurin, ‘Ducktown’ project from Janice Merendino, plus more!

Enjoy today's news feature, which rounds up an interesting immigrant story from the Ducktown neighborhood in Atlantic City, along with a podcast from Gross McCleaf Gallery artist Mickayel Thurin and a panel in January at UArts about strategies museums can use to engage the pubic with contemporary issues that are traumatic without causing more trauma.


A poster with a dark blue background and several text boxes announces a book reading by the author, for the new novel, “Route,” by Janice Denise Glasper, at Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N. 11th St., 3rd floor, Philadelphia, on Wed., Dec. 20, 6-7:30 pm.

Janyce Denise Glasper reads from her new novel, Route
Dec. 20,
Vox Populi, Black Box
319 N. 11th St., 3rd floor (elevator access)

Set in fictional Dandelion, Ohio and split in six parts of the heart, Route is an evocative coming of age story centering the complex dialogue between a frequent passenger and an attached bus driver. Josephine Benson, a shy, inexperienced artist and avid reader raised to believe that men are big bad wolves, realizes that even the most devout soul needs human connection. Wes Jenkins, a pragmatic former Marine, provides stimulating pleasures in their journeys and learns other perspectives through visitors who seek him for therapeutic purposes. With vulnerable moments of warmth, humor, sensuality, maturity, and joy, two guarded secret keepers transition from bus to bus, from past to present, discovering the spectrums of goodness together

Janyce Denise Glasper is an Artblog Contributor. Read Janyce’s Artblog articles here.

Storytelling and Climate: How Museums and Exhibitions Narrate Crisis. Presented by the University of the Arts Museums Study Department
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024
6:30–8 p.m.
UArts Caplan Recital Hall. Terra Hall, 211 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Speakers include Joyce Chung, Marina McDougall, Whitney McGuire, Aislinn Pentecost-Farren, and Jayatri Das as moderator.
RSVP here

This panel, a first in a new series hosted by the Museum Studies program at University of the Arts, aims to reflect on how museum practices are adapting to their responsibility to address the climate crisis directly. This conversation will touch on narrative strategies in exhibitions and public engagement tactics for co-creation and infrastructure planning for museums, as well as policy documents and public statements regarding environmental issues and practices. The speakers will share examples of storytelling strategies that are intended to avoid despair, catalyze action, advocate policies, and convene community.


The Scream: Self-Portraiture that Expresses Universal Emotions | Gross McCleaf Gallery

Gross McCleaf artist, Mickayel Thurin discusses her practice with TK Smith, Assistant Curator: Art of the African Diaspora at the Barnes Foundation. See the Podcast on Youtube here.


 poster in a muted grey color with black text and a watercolor image showing two women of different nationalities preparing food in a kitchen announces an exhibit, “Ducktown: An Atlantic City Immigration Story with artist Janice Merendino.”

Ducktown, an Atlantic City Immigration Story, with Janice Merendino
Jan. 10-March 31, 2024
Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University
2200 Fairmount Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ
Opening reception, Sat, Jan. 20,2024, 1-3 PM
Closing reception, Sat. Mar. 16, 2024, 1-3 PM

Janice Merendino is the founder of the Branch Out Project, an hands on arts education program that empowers all to draw. Merendino grew up in Atlantic City in the Ducktown neighborhood, in an apartment building that, when she was a child, was populated by immigrant families from Italy. Nowadays, the building houses immigrant families from different parts of the world. The Ducktown project explores Merendino’s memories of her childhood home seen through the lens of current residents.

From the Noyes Arts Garage Website:
“Ducktown, an Atlantic City Immigration Story” is a two-year collaborative art project that focuses on what has changed, and what has remained the same for the various families that have lived in the Ducktown neighborhood over the past hundred years.”

From Merendino:
The artist explores the commonalities between the family life of her Italian immigrant grandparents in the 1900’s, and life in the “Ducktown” neighborhood today. Janice met with the past and present residents of her childhood homes, sharing old photos, and asking them for their family stories. Basing her artwork on the common themes that emerged, she hopes to show that while the cultures in the neighborhood may change, something timeless and familiar endures.