We have some great news to share this morning: Fleisher is the recipient of a $15,000 Grant for Arts Projects from the National Endowment for the Arts to support our annual Día de los Muertos celebration. The celebration is one of 1,100 projects across the country totaling nearly $27 million selected for fiscal year 2021 funding.
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“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as Fleisher re-engage fully with partners and audiences,” said Ann Eilers, NEA’s acting chair. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”
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Every fall for nearly a decade, Fleisher’s Día de los Muertos celebration, planned each year by the La Calaca Flaca committee, has demonstrated the importance of this holiday, celebrated widely across Latin America. It features elaborate altar installations designed by a guest artist in Fleisher’s historic Sanctuary space and other locations throughout the community, a procession with hundreds of participants through South Philadelphia, and a wide range of supporting events. Last year’s celebration was held virtually and streamed live through social media. Learn more about our plans for 2021 as they evolve at fleisher.community.
In high school, the darkroom was a place for Jay Roth to regroup and relax. During the pandemic, Jay, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, has continued to explore traditional photography as his form of self-care.
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His recent work reflects his experiences as a mental health care professional during a time of extreme anxiety as well as his efforts to shift the healthcare industry toward equitable access and broader preventative care.
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Follow the link in our bio to learn more about Roth and how Fleisher's darkroom helped reignite his photographic passion.
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📸 by Jay Roth.
Head over to fleisher.org today and read up on our summer workshops for adults before registration begins on Monday morning! In the summer, we switch to shorter, more immersive workshops that range between one day and six weeks. The summer term will run June 21 – July 30.
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This summer, we’re thrilled that nearly half of our 80 workshops for adults will be held in person among our studios and outdoor locations across Philadelphia. Social distancing will be practiced in all workshops, and all students must wear an appropriate face covering regardless of their vaccination status. We thank you for prioritizing the health and safety of our creative community.
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To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 28.
Don’t miss tonight’s talk with 2013 Wind Challenge artist Elizabeth Hamilton beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Elizabeth is a multidisciplinary artist who received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has exhibited at several museums and galleries including the Philip Muriel Berman Museum, the Delaware Contemporary, Cantor Art Gallery, the Woodmere Art Museum, and InLight Richmond at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
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She has been awarded grants from the Leeway Foundation in 2015 and 2017. She completed a residency at the Elsewhere Museum, and her work is in the collection of Drexel University, Harper College, the West Collection, and the MINI Museum.
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Link in bio to learn more about this series and to register.
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The Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is made possible thanks to generous support from the Dina Wind Art Foundation and Fleisher members.
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Pictured artwork: Elizabeth Hamilton, “Private Collection Series: Derby Porcelain Factory 1750 - 1848.”
Join us tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. for a crash course in weaving and building a loom with household objects with teaching artist @stefaniefuoco. Learn how to weave on the loom you’ll build and gain an understanding of core techniques. At the end of this online event, you’ll be able to create a weaving you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.
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This event is open to the public with a $10 suggested donation. Advanced registration is required. Learn more through the link in our bio.
We have a special treat in store for Saturday, May 8, at @cherrystreetpier. Join teaching artist John Sevcik to draw a live @paballet rehearsal and experience the joy of translating the energy and grace of the dancers. John will encourage you to work in a spirit of inspiration that employs both memory and observation in a fearless way.
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This event will be held in person at Cherry Street Pier. Advanced registration is required, and space is limited to just 12 artists. Learn more and register at the link in our bio.
Our Fleisher From a Distance events with Wind Challenge artists past and present continue this evening as we welcome Yvonne Lung to Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Yvonne is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans sculpture, performance, video, and social practice. Yvonne is also the general manager of Nicole Canuso Dance Company and the University City Arts League’s ceramics studio coordinator.
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The Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is made possible thanks to generous support from the Dina Wind Art Foundation and Fleisher members.
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Link in bio to learn more and register.
Get a double dose of 2021 Wind Challenge artist Kevin Huang this month and next as Kevin participates in two of our Fleisher From a Distance events.
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Thursday, April 8, Kevin will join us to talk about art-making at @nextfab_phl and in Fleisher’s studios. Later, on May 24, Kevin will return to Zoom as part of Fleisher From a Distance: Wind Challenge edition, to talk about his work and process.
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Learn more and register for both events by following the link in our bio.
Kukuli Velarde has been an integral part of our creative aging program since we launched it several years ago. We’re thrilled to see Kukuli’s work featured in New Grit: Art & Philly Now, which opens at the @philamuseum on May 7.
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We hope you’ll join Kukuli on Zoom on Wednesday, April 21, at 5:00 p.m. to hear her speak about her “Corpus” series with museum curator Elisabeth Agro. The virtual talk will be followed by a Q&A. Link in bio to learn more and register.
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Pictured: “San Sebastián,” 2012, by Kukuli Velarde. Photo courtesy of Kukuli Velarde.
All of us at Fleisher are hurt and enraged at the murder of eight people, six of whom were Asian women, in Atlanta last week. We reject those who continually fan the flames of hatred and violence, and our thoughts will remain with the families of the victims in Atlanta and with anyone persecuted because of their race or ethnicity.
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Please follow the link in our bio to read our full statement and find a list of artists and activists that you can support.
This spring is the perfect time to learn to draw! Join @candy_alexandra1 for their Basic Drawing class, which meets online on Mondays from 1:00-3:00 p.m., and learn how to observe and draw objects in a realistic style. Building a solid foundation in this critical skill will support your explorations of other mediums, including painting, printmaking, and sculpture.
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Follow the link in our bio to learn more and register for spring classes and workshops. Tuition assistance is still available! Spring classes begin Monday, March 29.
Over the past several months, we’ve patterned with @paballet through its Spread Your Wings program, which helps make dance both personal and accessible through creative and personal engagement.
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Adult students joined teaching artist @darlajacksonsculpture to make three-dimensional wings from materials found at home. They also explored a broad history of wing imagery in art. The results from this free workshop will be on exhibition at @cherrystreetpier later this spring.
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Fleisher teaching artist @marieelcin and ballet soloist @peteraweil teamed up in Fleisher’s Sanctuary to record a series of videos called “If I Could Fly …” The videos, perfect for young artists ages 5-10 and their families, explore gesture drawing and mind mapping before ultimately designing and creating an accessory piece with simple materials.
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Learn more and watch the videos by following the link in our bio. 📸 courtesy of Darla Jackson.