Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
The 1st Annual “We don’t need no stinking bulletproof vest!” Christmas Carol Crawl!
Join us as we brave the downtown and scare away any would be “perp’s” with our singing as we crawl to a couple of local watering holes, starting at 5pm Wed. Dec. 23 with complimentary beer (courtesy of the Allentown Brew Works) and wine at the newly-opened Art Mart at 813 W. Hamilton Street where we'll hand out our song lists and we’ll then head at 5:45 to the House of Chen (732 W. Hamilton) – Jenny, the owner, is extending their happy hour prices for us (be prepared to step back in time!), and then at 6:30 we'll roll onto the the newly opened Made in Brazil restaurant (bar area) in the Holiday Inn (try the Caipirinha!), then we'll finish at the Allentown Brew Works for our final round of song and a sampling of the Rude Elf beer!
Yes, we really sing, song list/ words provided. Wear your Santa hats, ugly Christmas sweaters or other holiday flare and let's get merry!
Email partyAllentown@gmail.com to RSVP and you're welcome to join us anywhere along the crawl. Happy holidays!
Friday, December 18, 2009
The Touchstone Theatre Gallery is accepting submissions for two exhibitions.
One is to be held February 26 – April 30, 2010. The exhibition will complement the performance of Fresh Voices, our annual showcase for our class of apprentices. Submissions will be accepted until January 31, 2010.
The second exhibition will open May 13, and will complement Pan, an original “modern day epic of sex, drugs and rock and roll gone bad.” Submissions will be accepted until April 9, 2010.
Submissions can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Liz Wheeler, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Digital images should be jpegs between 72 and 150 dpi, and between 300 x 300 pixels and 600 x 600 pixels. Begin the title of each jpeg with your last name.
If you mail a submission and want it returned, include a self addressed stamped envelope.
For more information, visit www.touchstone.org or call 610-867-1689.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Please donate what you can. Winter is almost here and those without shelter can use adequate clothing and first aid to make it through the season.
Please drop off during these times: Wednesday 11 am to 2 pm, Thursday 11 am to 2 pm and Friday 12 to 4 pm. Distribution will take place Saturday. Art Mart is located at 813 Hamilton St., across from Allentown Brew Works.
Have a happy holiday season!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Please join us at Art Mart. We will be open for the duration of the events. Get most of your holiday shopping done in one place! We have fine art, handcrafted goods, hats, scarves, totes and more. Shop local this holiday season.
Here is the full list of events for the Tree Lighting:
Crafts for Children
Elf Preparation Station
Ice Carving Demo
Nutcracker & Pip the Mouse appearances
Arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus
Tickets for Sale to Lights in the Parkway
Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Tree Lights Up at 7 pm
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Yodi and Kari have a great event going on. That night, Kari was the perfect, personable hostess and Yodi and the musical ensemble (drummers and guitar, also open to public participation) provided great backup to the poets with chill musical interludes.
Prior to the break, the Word Wednesday crew shared digital images, projected on the wall, of artwork created by local artists. They want more artists to submit images of their work to be shown to the public in a digital slideshow at a future Word Wednesday event.
Please email submissions to: WordWednesday@hotmail.com
Word Wednesday is held the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the cozy Silk Lounge, lower level, Allentown Brew Works, 812 Hamilton Street.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Many thanks to Susan Weaver and Marilyn Hazelton for co-hosting the writing event at the Closing Reception of “Velocity”, to Wilhelm Schmidt for his assistance in typing many of the writings below, and to all who participated.
for the Chen Arts Show
Human murmurs, conversations
The walls stand quiet, waiting for attention.
“Hear us” the works say
“Interact with us.
Enter into relationship.”
Silent they wait as we turn to face them.
After "Coffee Cups 5" by Glenn Lash
on that twist
in a turquoise mug.
a clattering cup
tips a splash
draws my gaze—
circled with an eternity
of chocolate icing.
It wears an upturned cup
teetering top hat.
Poised on its lid,
a potter's spiraling
as a sugar rush.
I drink to this
the coffee break.
Memories from the front line.
Inspired by Lee Leckey’s painting “Center Front”
Veil concealing ghosts of recent past.
Center, drive, round and round, crosses, lines.
How did they begin,
Forms, fields, patches, life?
Penetrating, one by one,
Repeating actions memorized.
Waning, waxing, taking center front, interrupted,
Memories run off.
Leading, one by one,
Eyes toward unpredictable future.
One by one,
Circles, ground, sky.
Glimpses and Reminiscences
I see my salvation walking towards the enemy
Waiting to strike in the name of God
Although the enemy is the devil, he has taken a deceiving look
In the eyes of a peaceful soldier, the deadly swan is the worst enemy
But, in the eyes of a human, it is just a swan
In between the rivals is the sign of Jesus’ mother
Who is defending the rights of all human race
For “3 Piece Man”
a sculpture by Heather Haas
arc and trough
of skin and bone,
the negative space
carries weight, emotion,
by a rod of steely resolve.
We are often cut thus.
Perhaps this stark white shell
is a cocoon
the true self
Ann Corbett Burke
Alley in Autumn
After "Emmett Street, Allentown" by Joseph SkrapitsNarrow houses crowd
like neighbors talking
over the back fence
before winter closes in.
To a wall of aqua blue
the phone pole's shadow,
a compass needle,
points up the alley,
collects my eye
by a swath of fence
in afternoon sun.
An oak tree waits
for wind to drift leaves
and open a view
past peaked roofs
that will change beyond return
this half-street moment,
this autumn brilliance
on the artist's canvas.
for “Emmett Street” by Joe Skrapits
Florence! Oh skip it
And all the cousins would laugh
The headless house man
no more peanuts please
for a sculpture by Wilhelm Schmidt
after the storm,
wings of wood swirl
upward from the vortex.
I see a hole
of dark disturbance,
from which is flung
Ann Corbett Burke
for a sculpture by Wilhelm Schmidt
Wild whorl wings
Movement caught trembling
In polished wood
Shape glanced sidelong
For “Escape Velocity” by Sereno Jacob
Shivering, thunderous metal plates
Meet the Stratosphere.
In only moments sky will be gone.
Free of ground.
Free of air.
A blank page, as black as all nights.A chance to start new.
For “Hyper View” by Rick Hildenbardt
You are wild you are free
You herd together for life support
Your life is carved from the land
Along comes man
And you are now only a memory
Carved in wood on a wall
or “Cotterman’s Tornado” by Ryan Fulton
A naked boy quietly contemplating the stars
Gazing toward the heavens
+ knowing that they’re ours
Peering eyes, fixed on the skies
Before the Mexican temple
At home + at peace
For “Untitled Cow Drawing” by Greg Weaver
Just A Few Squiggles
Comical simple tail to head drawing
A squiggly cow, makes you join smiling
Across the meadow frolicking
On a lark, just sailing
Ears and tail compelling
Care-free romp tale-telling
Heard from stories trailing
Button dropped, and then again found
Now contained, still, no sound
Worn with pride, in a far off place
Released from threads, hanging in space
Newly used, in the past for closure,
Semi-revealed, a partial exposure
Once held in fingers, young and old
Suddenly art, impossible to hold
We live, we pass, but once we come through
In art, as in life, we are created anew
for “Shy Geoff” by Yodi
Splatters and squiggles of paint
Fly like confetti in a parade
Or streamers at a childhood celebration
As Geoffrey watches Yodi
Play with paper
for “The Patriot Act” by Georgina Miller
Forlorn expression looking back
The eyes must say what the mouth can’t
Face recessed in white and red
While blue muzzles what is said
for” Marley’s Trail”
Beauty is all around us
Beauty created by God
Dog hike. Straight trees and
Flowing blades of grass. Get lost
On the path, enjoy the journey
Lake Erie Sunset
For a photograph by Jeff Williams of the same name
reach for light,
like a hand rising
into the play of winter.
of frozen beach,
a slim slice
rising and falling
From Kiki & Greg:
Gregory Coates and Kiki Nienaber are proud to invite you to view new works by Chris Neyen at C.a.N. studio (that’s Coates and Nienaber) . (Address is 614 Washington St., Allentown.)
Please come meet old and new friends and celebrate this exhibition, entitled UNSEEN at the reception on Friday the 20th of November 6-9 pm.
We hope to see you then. Best, Kiki
Sunday, November 15, 2009
We plan to clean out the space and prep it for use as a gallery and shop called Art Mart. Please contact me if you would like to volunteer to help with the clean-up. We will also need volunteers to sit in the gallery (in pairs) on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11-2 and on Fridays and Saturdays from 4-8 throughout the holiday season. Contact: email@example.com
Art Mart will feature original artwork and handmade items for sale in a show titled: Holiday Gifts.
Pictures will be posted soon.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
New Museum Director, Gregory Coates, will curate a show titled "Holiday Gifts."
Greg is seeking artists who feel they can participate in a show which will take on the look of a "gift shop" by submitting art objects they have made or other objects they feel would fit this description. The items would be displayed (and offered for sale, unless otherwise specified) at the gallery at 809 W. Hamilton, which is in a great location across the street from Allentown Brew Works.
This gallery will be promoted to holiday shoppers - so think of things you have created that are likely to sell. That means paintings, sculpture, photos, cards, handmade trinkets like jewelry, pins, hats, scarves, bags, etc., etc....All artists are encouraged to decorate ornaments that can be offered for sale as well.
Again, Greg is requesting that artists send him 3 jpg images so he can view possible selections. Send images to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submission is Nov. 16. Set up will take place the following week, with an opening tentatively set for Black Friday, Nov. 27.
Volunteers will also be needed to help clean the space, hang work, and staff the gallery. Contact me at email@example.com if you'd like to Volunteer in some way.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
His work will also be exhibited at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen's show, Nov. 14 and 15, at the Swain School, S. 24th Street, in Allentown.
Wilhelm most recently displayed some of his woodworking pieces at the Velocity show (June '09) and the "Hamilton for Rent" windows (summer '09).
Please try to attend and offer your support.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Berrisford Boothe, John Harry,
Curlee Raven Holton, Rick Hildenbrandt,
Peter Lewnes, James Gallucci, Ed Meenely,
Joe Skrapits, Rigo Peralta, Ryo Tokita,
Rafael Canizares-Yunez, Yodi Duane Vaden,
John Clark - Home & Planet
When: Nov. 13, 2009 time 7-9 PM
Where: 221 North 8th Street
Hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Nelson A Diaz
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
On March 19th an Art Auction will be held at the Baum School of Art beginning at 6PM. All proceeds will benefit the Lehigh County Conference of churches Soup Kitchen. Please mark your calendar & make plans to come to this wonderful event! What a great way to give and receive. More information will be coming as we approach the date of the event. You may contact Sue Highet at 610-435-5054 with any questions."
Monday, November 2, 2009
Congress passed a $12.5 million funding increase as part of the FY 2010 Interior Appropriations bill for both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). President Obama is scheduled to sign this bill into law by October 31, which concludes National Arts and Humanities Month. The nation's two federal grantmaking cultural agencies will now each have budgets of $167.5 million, their highest funding levels in 16 years. As so many state and local governments have had to cut arts budgets across the country, this well-timed federal appropriations increase for the arts is a welcome infusion of funds.
FY10 Final Interior Appropriations Bill
FY09 vs. FY10 Difference
$12.5 million increase
$12.5 million increase
The FY 2010 Interior Appropriations bill (H.R. 2996) was passed in the House by a vote of 247-178 and in the Senate by a vote of 72-28. Please play your part and send a quick e-mail to your members of Congress at the Americans for the Arts E-Advocacy Center and let them know how much the arts will benefit from this funding increase.
What's Next:While the NEA and NEH's budgets have now been finalized, many other federal programs such as the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are still operating under a continuing resolution until December 18, 2009. We will keep you posted on these legislative updates in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, please save the dates of April 12-13, 2010 for National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. With the incredible advocacy success that we had this year that included $50 million in the federal economic stimulus bill for arts jobs and now the $12.5 million increase in NEA and NEH budgets, we need to keep building on this positive momentum. Come join us.
Help us also continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already an official member, you can join the Arts Action Fund today -- it's free and simple.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
From Ethel Drayton-Craig:
Announcing a Jazz Benefit Concert for the Education Program of the Allentown Symphony. Sunday, November 1st, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, $15, at Allentown Symphony Hall.
This past year the Allentown Symphony served 14,000 children from age 3 - high school! 471 students were students of the Allentown School District.
With the state budget cutbacks we have sustained cuts to our education program of approximately $100,000.
Thanks to the many jazz artists that have performed at the jazz cabarets, they have organized to give back to the Symphony. On November 1st, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM over 25 renowned regional jazz artists are volunteering their time and their talents for this JAZZ BENEFIT CONCERT. LIVE. $15 (Allentown Symphony Hall, 23 North Sixth Street, Allentown) Box Office 610-432-6715.
Come out and have a great time. Meet and Greet the Musicians. Great Food, too!
LOTS OF FUN! All proceeds benefit Educational Programming. SHARE THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FRIENDS.
Co-Op Bop with guest Bobby Routsch
New Kind of Talk
P.F. & The Flyers
Skip Wilkins Trio
Mike Lorenz & Tom Kozic with guest Rob Stoneback
Dave Roth Trio
Lou Czechowski Trio
Also appearing: Marlene Gilley, Mike Ciliberti, Greg Eicher, Gary Rissmiller, Craig Kastelnik, Alan Gaumer, Neil Wetzel, Jim McGee, Mike Trach, Jim Meyers, Wayne Maura, Pete Fluck, John Sproat, Tony Gairo, Brian Bortz, Vern Mobley, June Thomas, Vicki Doney, Robin Bryan.
Special thanks to Frank Wilgruber and Alan Gaumer for creating and organizing this event!
Chair, Jazz Committee
Allentown Symphony Association
Thursday, October 22, 2009
There is a Writer’s Workshop that meets at the Hava Java Café at 526 N. 19th Street in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The writers meet every Sunday for a couple of hours. They discuss all aspects of writing, including publishing, editing, grammar and style.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Here is her bio:
Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg is a Kutztown-based artist who has shown often in this region as well as nationally. In this area, her paintings have recently been seen at eDavid Gallery in Bethlehem, at the Siegel Gallery at Lehigh University, and in the Chen Arts Momentum show. In addition to her paintings, she makes 3-dimensional works with a collaborator, Andrew Brehm, and also makes found object constructions. These three dimensional works will be shown in Greg Coates' New Museum. Cheryl teaches at Kutztown University, and is head of the Studio Art department there.
Friday, October 16, 2009
The 2009 Allentown Holiday Haiku Competition!!
Elementary, middle and high school students, and adults are invited to enter the Allentown Holiday Haiku Contest!
Fifty haiku writers will receive a “Spirit of the Season Award. Their haiku will be displayed in store and restaurant windows along Hamilton Street in Center City Allentown. Five writers will be chosen to read their haiku at the Allentown Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3.
To enter the competition, (Copy & Paste and Print at Home) fill in the form below:
By signing here, I declare that the attached poem is an original poem created by me, and I give my permission for it to be publicly displayed, read and reproduced by the City of Allentown.
(Students whose poems are chosen will need a parent's signature.
Student entries will be submitted to teachers.)
Please type or print neatly your haiku. Attach it to this form and send to:
Tara Craig, City Hall, 435 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101
Guidelines for your haiku: Celebrate family and the beauty of the season in three lines of no more than 17 syllables, but with no syllable count for each line. Look at the examples attached to this form for ideas.
The postmark deadline is November 13, 2009.
Adults may enter by email by sending their haiku to:
Tara Craig at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of Haiku for Inspiration for
Allentown Holiday Haiku Competition:
of your hand
falls on snow -
winter night -
the cat sitting in a drawer
filled with letters
the rim is bent
the park cold, deserted -
still I play
sheen of the cherry’s bark
streaked with rain
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
This year, as you know, the nation's economy stumbled, affecting every aspect of our lives. Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, as the only statewide multidisciplinary arts advocacy organization for the last 30 years, kept a steady eye on the mood of the state's governors and legislators, constantly being ready to point out the positive aspects of the arts on all phases of life, both cultural and economic.
This year, for the first time, the PCA faced the possibility of elimination. When the reality set in, citizens all over Pennsylvania began to rally, demonstrating their support of state arts funding through telephone calls, emails, and visits to legislators telling them that the arts were a valuable and essential part in all phases of our lives.
Thousands of citizens stepped up to remind the state government of the need for the arts and arts education. The work was hard and the sacrifices, in time and energy, were many. We were rewarded with a state budget that did not eliminate the PCA and included funding for arts grants at $11 million. We have to be grateful to each other, to our government officials, to leaders in the art community and to all those who realize the importance of the arts.
This is not the end, but a new beginning to recognize that "Advocacy" is not a crisis activity, but an ongoing part of being aware that the arts, and what they represent to us all, cannot be taken for granted.
Thanks to everyone,
Robert N. Lettieri
Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Just a brief update...
Tonight (10/7/09) the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed their version of the FY09-10 Pennsylvania State Budget by a vote of 107-93. HB 1416 as amended includes $11 million for arts grants through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) and $992,000 for administration of the council. These figures match the what was included in Senate Bill 1085 for the PCA. HB 1416 now goes to the Senate for review and a vote. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi has indicated that the Senate will review the document tomorrow and will take a vote after the review. While this represents a step closer to the end of this 2009 Budget Impasse, the House bill must be approved by the PA Senate and then signed into law by Governor Edward G. Rendell. We will keep you posted as we monitor the Senate's review of HB 1416.
Jenny L. Hershour
Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Dear Fellow Arts Advocates,
Just a brief update...
This morning (10/6/09), the Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill 1085, a new general fund appropriations bill, by a vote of 43-6. This bill includes $11 million for arts grants through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and $992,000 for administration of the arts council. The bill now goes to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for further consideration.
The Senate also passed an amended version of the tax code bill sent to them by the House last week. This amended version does NOT include a tax on tickets to arts and cultural events.
We will be watching the House proceedings and will report back to you as the situation unfolds.
Jenny L. Hershour
Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania
Friday, October 2, 2009
Earlier this year I decided to try for a Project Stream Grant through the PA Council on the Arts so we could do a group project with funding...and as it turns out, the application was approved!
The Lehigh Valley Arts Council held a grant awards ceremony Oct. 1 at America on Wheels where dozens of creative, worthwhile projects were announced to receive funding.
I'll be receiving $1,196 to conduct a group project this spring and I'm recruiting Chen Artists to participate.
Here are the plans: Each artist (figure to be determined) will receive a 2' plexi-glass cube to design in the theme of re-urbanization. Artists can run wild with their cubes, using any media and techniques they please. Artists are encourage to gain sponsorship for their time spent creating this project.
The cubes will then be brought together in an event at the Allentown Arts Park (across from the art museum on N. 5th Street) where they will be displayed for the public in June.
Of course, the public and multiple organizations within the city will be invited to view the display and meet the artists. We're hoping to tap into a small sum of Arts Park programming funds to make the one-day event even nicer.
It's very exciting to receive funds to purchase materials for this project. Thank you LVAC and PA Council on the Arts for your support!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Free ride! To make it easy to visit all these homes, we've added a free trolley sponsored by Pennrose Properties.
Try your luck! Stop by the Old Allentown and take part in our raffle for gift certificates for local eateries and more. This is also the place to buy Old Allentown merchandise and pick up information on the neighborhood.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The state of Pennsylvania has finally reached a budget deal, but with a cost to arts and culture. Included in the budget proposed by Governor Rendell is a provision to extend Pennsylvania’s 6% state sales tax to include concert and theatre tickets, dance and performing arts events, museums, historical sites, zoos and parks. The impetus for this action is that the revenue generated from these taxes could result in long term funding for the arts and cultural sector. However, sports and movies, which are known to be big revenue generators, are able to keep their tax exemptions in Pennsylvania.
Allentown Symphony Association (ASA) reaches 55,000 people each year including 14,130 children through its educational programming. This year, in a difficult economy the ASA decided to keep ticket prices the same and increase the number of events offered, giving the ASA the opportunity to see an increase in ticket sales and patron involvement. Under this proposed budget ticket prices will go up placing an additional burden on our patrons, but the extra money will go to the State with the promise of ‘some’ of the funds being used to fund arts program and the State keeps the rest. No more information than this has been shared with the organizations that will be affected!
Pennsylvania is also threatening to eliminate its Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC), a program that encourages area businesses to fund educational programs, defined by law to be “innovative” educational programs. Allentown Symphony has six curriculum based programs that would be negatively affected by the loss of these EITC funding m including Musicians in Schools, Musical Treasure Chest, Master Classes, Instrument Petting Zoo, the Arts Walk, and City Arts Camp.
Finally, the lack of State funding for the arts is impacting and ultimately reducing the level of funding support from the County of Lehigh. The negative impact of these changes are still unknown, however, they will certainly affect operations and education. Most Pennsylvania arts organizations have already taken drastic staffing cuts.
Allentown Symphony Association offers reasonably priced tickets to all of its symphonic concerts, the new Met: LIVE HD series, and all educational programs are offered at little or no cost to schools in an effort to be accessible and invest in our Lehigh Valley community. These community educational opportunities should not be weighed down with increased admission costs due to a new sales tax inclusion.
I am writing to ask you to help the Allentown Symphony Association and arts and culture in the Lehigh Valley by writing to your state representative and addressing this important issue
Here is what you can do:Using the contact information at the bottom of this email, call in or e-mail the following message:
Hello, my name is _____________, and as a resident of Lehigh/Northampton/______ county, I’m contacting you in opposition to an expansion of the state sales tax to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in order to balance the FY10 state budget. In these tough economic times, increased ticket prices only tax working families out of arts and cultural venues such as concerts, museums, and parks. Interestingly, sports and movies – which are huge revenue generators in Pennsylvania – remain exempt from the tax. This doesn’t seem right. I think that those of us who work in or support these nonprofit institutions in our region should be a part of the conversation on long-term solutions for cultural funding. I ask that Senator/Representative __________bring this message to caucus leadership before the budget is signed into law.
Your help in keeping Arts and Culture in our community affordable and accessible is greatly appreciated.
Here are the items that came up while I was in attendance (I unfortunately had to leave early):
Window Project Update - The "Hamilton For Rent" group currently has one display downtown. The show for the bicycle race has been taken down. Plans are in the works to continue securing windows. Marilyn asked if there has been any support for materials with this project, but it has been entirely unfunded and functions as a vehicle for showcasing artists' work.
Pumpkin Art Idea - Art N' Soul studios is planning a Halloween art event that would invite artists to submit carved/designed pumpkins for display. More details are coming.
Winter Show? This one remains open for discussion. The group briefly discussed doing something the week of the city's tree lighting, which takes place next to PPL Plaza. One member suggested a former warehouse near Turner Street for use. We just need more suggestions and a lot of volunteers if we want to make something happen.
The next meeting is Sat. Oct. 24 at House of Chen.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
But the hurdle with these projects, like all art projects, has been funding. None of us have the resources to pay for advertising, posters, materials, etc. But we've made it work. The beauty of this project is that the storefront windows have been offered for free and artists merely need to show up and devise a way to present their work.
I want to share with you what is going on in other locations. If you know of any other places where projects like these are taking place, feel free to leave a comment.
This city is home to a Public Art Committee, which develops projects and recruits local artists to carry them out. The city holds a civic art exhibit and has funded sculptures in various locations. The city has three public art galleries and curators who manage them. Berkeley even has a Public Art Fund which pays for projects. The fund receives 1 percent of each eligible capital project, so it is continually replenished as projects are carried out.
The City of Philadelphia Public Art Program is one of the oldest in the country. The city developed the nation's first Percent For Art program in 1959, requiring art in public places as a means of "humanizing and enlivening the urban environment." The city boasts that more than 600 works of art have been commissioned in the program's 50 years. 600!!! The city dedicates up to 1 percent of the funds for its construction contracts to public art.
When it comes to artist partnerships with private property owners, there is the South Street window project. Also, Urban Outfitters regularly recruits artists to do a window installation. Take a look at the Samson Window Project.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Our neighbors to the north are funding art projects in the same way. The City of Calgary Public Art Program is funded by taking 1 percent of the funds from capital projects with budgets over $1 million. That's an automatic $10,000 from every major project. Artist Greg Coates sent me information about a project going on in Calgary (similar to Hamilton For Rent) titled "Open Spaces - Window to a View."
I'm sure if I spent more time looking I could find countless other cities with similar initiatives. They all vary in size and wealth but they share a dedication to the arts. We could learn from their methods and consider these options where we live.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
During a press conference (Friday) members representing both caucuses in the Senate and the House Democratic caucus announced that an agreement had been reached on the state budget for FY 09-10. It is reported the budget includes $10 million for arts grants (down from $15.2 million) through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and $1 million (down from $1.3 million) for administration of the Council.
This increase is a huge testament to your advocacy efforts considering the ZERO offered in SB 850. However it still represents a cut of almost 30% over last year's approved appropriation. There is a brief window of time to CALL your legislators. Express your appreciation for including the funding but urge them to fund arts grants at a level between $12.5 million - $14 million. Arts funding supports jobs, programming in schools and at senior citizens centers, and helps revitalize our downtowns. Remember to tell them why this is a priority to you and your community. Tell them the many ways that we all benefit from an investment in the arts. CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY.
You can locate phone numbers on our e-advocacy site at http://capwiz.com/artsusa/pa .
Please make that call today!
Jenny L. Hershour
Citizens for the Arts in PA
UPDATE: From today's Citizens for the Arts News:
We are in Day 77 of the state budget impasse. Three of the four legislative caucuses have agreed to a $27.9 billion spending plan but yesterday, Governor Rendell said that he would veto the budget unless the budget met his criteria for signature. As we are still without a budget, arts and cultural organizations from across Pennsylvania have started a movement of artless Wednesdays in PA to bring awareness to what our communities might be like if there is no state support of nonprofit arts groups. Every Wednesday, from now until a budget is passed, arts organizations and supporters are encouraged to make a symbolic gesture of what it means to be artless.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
This project is a result of artists and business operators working together in community partnership.
Artists and downtown business owners/managers came together to utilize vacant storefront properties for a positive purpose. This symbiotic relationship beautifies the downtown, provides exposure for talented artists and draws attention to the valuable commercial properties along the city’s main corridor.
The goal of the project is to gain attention for local artists and secure tenants for the spacious shop windows and storefronts along Hamilton Street.
Special thanks to Cathy Minnich, GM of Holiday Inn, and the owners of Holiday Inn Allentown, 813 Hamilton and 809 Hamilton for their support of the Arts in Allentown.
For more information, contact:
Yodi, project curator: email@example.com
Monday, September 7, 2009
Hamilton For Rent - The Second Leg is the latest installment of artwork gracing the vacant windows of buildings around 9th and Hamilton. The show is playfully called "The Second Leg" because it will coincide with the Univest Grand Prix, an international cycling time trial which takes place Friday, Sept. 11 from 11 am to 2 pm.
Starting Tuesday at 4 pm artists will be installing their work at several windows around 9th and Hamilton. Yodi has graciously worked to secure the locations where work will be displayed.
Cyclists from around the world will be competing on a course that passes through downtown. Thousands of visitors as well as international media are expected to attend the event, generating a large audience for the local artists who plan to show off their pieces.
Please come out to watch the exciting event and to support our local artists.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Our next Jazz Cabaret will feature the ERIC MINTEL QUARTET, Friday, September 11, 2009, 7:30 PM in the Rodale Room of Symphony Hall. They have performed at the White House.
As long as the music attracts dedicated young musicians like Eric Mintel, jazz will continue to thrive and progress as a voice of freedom.
At the last cabaret, we used every movable seat we had in the building! That is how popular we have become. Be there, or Be Square. $20 for 2 sets and light refreshments. Cash bar.
Call 610, 432-6715 for reservations.The Artist Sponsor is S.Argentis/Mr. Rooter PlumbingThe Food Sponsor is Bucca di Beppo
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
As you well know, we are in month 3 of the Pennsylvania Budget Battle with no budget in sight as of today. Pressure still needs to be put on the members of the PA General Assembly by arts advocates if we want the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) funded at the $14 million level for arts grants and at $1.2 million for the administration of the PCA.
We, at Citizens for the Arts in PA, have been thinking about what an "artless" Pennsylvania might look like if funding for the PCA is eliminated or severely reduced. Musikfest in Bethlehem and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art have given us some idea as to what might happen with their organizations if they received a severe reduction in PCA grant funds. Inspired by these two organizations, we are asking you to participate "ArtLess Wednesdays" starting 9/9/09 and continuing each Wednesday until a state budget is passed. Please make a symbolic gesture that will demonstrate the impact of the absence of state support on your organization.
Lots of ideas are being discussed, including a temporary landing page for arts organizations' websites to push the message as well as awestricken for your use. These are is currently under construction. Arts organizations in Altoona are banning together to drape black coverings across their windows that contains a sign statements such as "this is what your downtown will look like without state arts funding" and "would you pay 5 cents per week to keep the arts in Pennsylvania?" Covering outdoor art and window cards in galleries on First Fridays or other gallery walks are other suggestions. Maybe you can organize a quartet playing without instruments in the town square.
We want to spark innovative, creative and artistic action by you and your grantees, either collectively or individually. The purpose is to attract media and public attention to the importance of arts support and to use that to promote advocacy.
If you have other ways to draw public attention to how your communities might be impacted by a Draconian cut to the PCA budget, please share them with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post them on our website and in this newsletter. We're counting on your participation for Artless Wednesdays. Keep in touch and let us know how you plan to participate. Thanks for all of your help and let's keep fighting!
Monday, August 31, 2009
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