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.
UArts PIE + MEd congratulates Chelsea Puglese, who earned her MEd in Educational Program Design, UArts in 2017. Chelsea is a K-6 art teacher with Abington School District, where she has taught for the past seven years. She has activated her Master's thesis, An Assessment-Based Elementary Art Curriculum, in her classroom, incorporating assessment methods she designed for her students while in the MEd program, with a focus on student self-assessment.
Award for Excellence in Photography
Hey photographers! Dotphotozine is seeking submissions for the 2017 Dotphotozine Award for Excellence in Photography. The winning entry receives a $1,000 cash prize and a four-page spread in the analog and digital editions to be released in September 2017.
Click here for more info.
Rev Theatre Company
Midsummer Night's Dream
REV Theatre Company
Photo by Sam Nagel
It’s time to get outside for some adventuretime cultural activities! One of my favorite summer pastimes is outdoor Shakespeare -- and this month Philadelphia is bursting with the bard. From UARTS own Rosey Hay’s REV Theater Company’s production of Hamlet in...a cemetery to Coriolanus in Clark Park.
REV’s Hamlet production will take place amongst the tombstones in Laurel Hill Cemetery, and picnics are encouraged with performances Friday, July 7; Saturday, July 8; Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 at 8:00pm. This week you can catch The Word Players Theatre Co and their production of Midsummer Night’s Dream at Liberty Lands Park.
A skull, a poisoned sword, a villainous uncle/King, a funeral (or a wedding?), a devoted friend, a drowned girl, and - “To be or not to be,” of course. And when a ghost appears, our iconic hero Hamlet is faced with a dreadful quandary in Shakespeare’s most famous play of love, loss and revenge.
Presented by New York-based REV Theatre Company, this contemporary, opulent production will be ‘revved up’ emphasizing the fusion of Shakespeare’s language and REV’s dynamic physicality, reflecting the intense emotional life of the play. Another of REV Theatre’s trademarks is the active involvement of the audiences in their outdoor productions (just as it was in Elizabethan playhouses) as witnesses to and participants in the events giving the play’s action great immediacy and excitement.
4-6pm. No RSVP required.
200 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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And check out these sessions at the Convention, featuring UArts faculty, staff and graduate student presentations:
2:00 – 2:50 pm
Learn How to Adapt Tools, Materials and Curriculum for the Inclusive Art Classroom
10:30 – 10:55 am
Portfolio Prep: How and Why It Should be Incorporated into the Classroom
Heather Jo Wingate + Kathleen Brown
1:00 – 1:50 pm
Designing Innovative and Engaging Yearlong Curriculums for Secondary Students
Rande Blank, Bridget Kavanagh, Margot Livingston + Sarah Strickland
2:00 – 2:50 pm
Making the Mundane Marvelous: Street Art, Eco Art, Folk Art, Environmental Art and Green Art
10:00 – 10:50 am
Classroom Art Teachers and the Reality of K-12 Art Rooms: Partners in UArts’ Preservice Program
Rande Blank, Maria Lengauer, Maria Pandolfi + Barbara Suplee
10:00 – 10:50 am
Examining Murals as Socio-Political Mechanism and Aesthetic Movement Across Two Cultures: South Africa and Philadelphia
Erin Elman, Gleny Beach + Lynn Flieger Countryman
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