We put out a challenge this summer to write 100 poems. This generative workshop gave participants guided writing exercises + feedback and the chance to work with a series of guest poets. The brave participants of Steven Kleinman’s Poetry Challenge: 100 Poems in 10 Weeks even performed their work at the Variety Show.
Here is the work of two students, Dot Vile and Coby Mangum:
The flood and the nicest thing ever said
by Coby Mangum, 2017
by Dot Vile, 2017
by Dot Vile, 2017
Steven will be teaching a new course in Poetry this fall for Continuing Education, CE 1916 Poetry. --Explore and expand your creativity and poetic voice while sharing your writing in a workshop format.
Art suggestions from Caitlin Perkins, UArts Continuing Education Program Director
I have tried to be outside as much as possible this summer, including any cultural events. I’ve walked along the Highline using my field guide by Mark Dion from Printed Matter; experienced River Charette #3 by Martha McDonald and David Brick at the Andalusia Foundation along the Delaware, and enjoying the Alexander Calder sculpture on the roof deck of the new Whitney.
I plan on continuing my outdoor cultural visits this fall. Here are some things I’m looking forward to:
The Quiet Circus: River Charrettes will be starting again in September
Performative Dialogues curated by Headlong & Philadelphia Contemporary
The project, taking place over nine weeks between September 16 and November 19, invites people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.
Big Bling Martin Puryear along Kelly Drive between Fountain Green Drive and the Connecting Railway and Girard Avenue Bridges, viewable through November 2017.
Planning some walks in Philadelphia using this guide to take in the public sculpture.
Taking us inside I’m looking forward to the opening of Julianna Foster’s exhibition, Call and Response
An Exploration of Photography and Writing with Julianna Foster
Exhibition of selected work from the project along with the book: Call and Response
August 25th - September 22nd, 2017
Reception Thursday, September 7 from 4-6 p.m.
University of the Arts, 211 S. Broad St. 15th floor, Sol Mednick Gallery
And, if you are coming to the Continuing Studies offices in the next few weeks you can catch an exhibition of original posters produced for the Works Progress Administration curated by Social Impact Studios - Posters for the People: the Art of the WPA.
Jordan Baumgarten, a member of the UArts Photography faculty has been working on a project over the past 5 years called Slow Blink Open Mouth to be published as a book by GOST this fall.
From the artist:
Slow Blink Open Mouth is a glimpse into the rampant chaos and lawlessness present in a place with no oversight. With that apparent lawlessness, chaos is inevitable; that chaos is now evident, with the city of Philadelphia in the grip of the opioid crisis. In this world, private moments are public, animals and humans roam free, fueled by id, and always, somewhere, there is a fire burning. My neighborhood, Kensington, happens to be the nexus for those in and around Philadelphia seeking heroin, and all that it entails.
The title Slow Blink Open Mouth comes from the pictograph illustrating “severe pain” in hospital universal pain assessment tools. I discovered this while in the hospital after someone stuck me with a used heroin needle during my work on this project. The title is also meant to convey being stoned or astonished, as well as the feelings of bliss and ecstasy. At its core, the project is about the opioid epidemic and its supporting addiction-based economy. While all the photographs were made in Philadelphia, the project is not about that specific place. Rather, the city serves as a microcosm to discuss issues tearing apart the fabric of our social landscape.
We are excited to let you know that GOST will be publishing a book based on his project, Slow Blink Open Mouth. Images are available through the artist’s website to support the project publication.
One of the amazing things about working here at a university that focuses on the arts is that the staff is so talented! Something that has been making me smile, Tran Nguyen who is the Student Employment Coordinator for the University, has been working on an All Ages productions on some web shorts. Tran has also been taking our Continuing Education Taxidermy courses has been working on some amazing film projects featuring...cats!
Continuing Education held the Summer Variety Show on August 9. Thank you to everyone who made this such a great night including Continuing Studies staff Sarah Pater, Melanie Pulley, Melissa DiGiacomo and from the College of Performing Arts Meghan Walsh, Jennifer Jaynes and Lisle Hummerston who helped us take over a bigger theater, which we needed with more than 100 people in attendance!
Photos by Sarah Naji
A huge thank you and congratulations to all the participants of last week's UArts ArtsWeek! We all enjoyed a fabulous week of working in the studio, taking trips to area collections, and attending special events including an artist talk & book signing by Ennis Carter, a Keynote by Ben Volta, and closing exhibition. Here are some of the highlights.
Caitlin Perkins Director of Continuing Education + Special Programs
When people ask me how to get started on a path to creativity I stress the importance of quantity. Want to learn to draw? Make a ton of drawings. Don’t get stuck trying to make one perfect painting, or develop writer’s block from anxiety about getting the pen to page – instead, welcome the mistakes, learn from them, and enjoy your journey of becoming a maker.
To get you started, I am offering a special tuition rate of $295, on a selection of Continuing Education courses. I’m certain our courses will delight you. Courses include:
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