#Onthisday in 1871, our founder, Samuel Fleisher, was born! Fleisher wanted to "give everyone the chance to express the inborn love of the beautiful." 

In 1892, Samuel joined the family business - the Fleisher Yarn Company, a world leader in hand knitting yarns and worsted fabric. As the successful son of German Jewish immigrants, Fleisher wanted to create an arts institution that was accessible to all. He provided free art classes and gave supplies to those who needed them at little to no cost. 

Fleisher Art Memorial honors his memory by following our mission of making art accessible to everyone, regardless of economic means, background, or artistic experience. We continue to build on his legacy by offering tuition free and low cost art classes, community partnerships, and providing learning opportunities for young artists throughout the city.

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For this week's Fleisher Friday, we are excited to feature Ashley Gunter! Ashley is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and Youth Programs Associate at Fleisher Art Memorial. She is excited to coordinate Creative Labs, our K-5th grade afterschool program, and develop engaging programming that not only nurtures a community of young artists, but also supports the technical and conceptual artistic growth for all youth in Fleisher’s afterschool program.

In her artistic practice, Ashley creates static and moving imagery centered on notions of belonging, care, and intimacy through Black people’s relationship with our hair and one another. She has exhibited her work in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, New York City, and Europe, among other locations. As an educator, Ashley facilitates art learning experiences for young people to deeply reflect, develop a stronger sense of self, and deepen their critical thinking skills through research and interdisciplinary artmaking practices. 

Originally from D.C., Ashley received her BFA in Art & Design Education from Pratt Institute and is completing her MFA in Socially-Engaged Studio Art at Moore College of Art and Design. Prior to Fleisher, Ashley employed her art educator skills at a variety of schools, cultural institutions, and nonprofits including National Cathedral School, Weeksville Heritage Center, and the Guggenheim Museum. Outside of her art educator practice, Ashley loves working on puzzles (crossword, logic, and jigsaw) and curating thematic playlists for her loved ones. 

Favorite TV show: Living Single 

Fun fact: The first podcast she religiously listened to was an audio version of Pardon The Interruption, one of the many ESPN shows of people yelling to and over one another about sports.

Favorite artistic mediums: linocut/relief printmaking and collage.

Welcome to our creative community, Ashley!

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Teen Lounge is Fleisher's free afterschool drop-in program for students ages 13-19. The program is designed to empower young people by having them design their own curriculum and choose their own teaching artists. 

Currently a hybrid program with workshops in-person and online, this fall was Teen Lounge's first time back on campus in over a year! When asked what their favorite part of 2021 was, one student said, "I really liked socializing and meeting new people that joined. Building up Teen Lounge and being able to talk to all different kinds of artists. I love the art aspect of Teen Lounge, but I really need to go out and talk to other people."

Next week, we'll be launching a Giving Tuesday fundraiser on November 30th to raise funds for Teen Lounge's annual field trip. Stay tuned for details and to learn more about what makes the program so special.

Image: Teen Lounge students on a field trip to Magic Gardens earlier this year. 
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For this week's Community Spotlight, we’re excited to feature Casa de Venezuela member Gladis Avila!

Gladis was born on August 31, 1970 in a beautiful country called Venezuela. She grew up, studied, and worked there until 2001 when she decided to immigrate to the US, following her love with whom she built a family. From the moment she arrived in this country, she realized how much she missed her homeland and for that reason she wanted to bring in small pieces of her Venezuela like costume jewelry, hats, artisanal bags called Wayuu, and more. Her intention is to support women artisans by showcasing their creations and providing them with work. Her Venbisu store @venbisustore allows her to discover other cultures while keeping her own near to her heart. “#ilovevenezuela from the smells to the tastes to the people.”

¡Para el foco de la comunidad de esta semana, nos complace presentar a la miembro de Casa de Venezuela Gladis Avila!

Ella nació un 31 de agosto del 70 en un bello pais llamado Venezuela, donde estudió, trabajó hasta mitad del 2001 donde decidió imigrar seguiendo el amor, con el que construyó una bella familia. Desde ese mismo momento extraño hasta el aire de ella pais, por esas razon y otras quise traer pedacitos de Venezuela en bisuteria, gorros, bolsos Wayuu y mas donde de igual manera tener la satisfaccion de apoyar la mujer artesanas con trabajo y dar a conocer sus creaciones. Desde Venbisu store donde aparte de lo anterior ella lleva conocer mas otras culturas y disfrutar mas su gente mas cerca. “#amoavenezuela desde un olor, sabor y aun su Gente.”

Fun Facts:

Favorite TV Show: Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) 📺

Favorite Art Material: clay (barro) 🎨

Favorite Musician: Argenis Carruyo🎤

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Teen Lounge is accepting project proposals from teaching artists for paid teaching residencies! Teen Lounge is a free, drop-in after school arts program providing young people ages 13-19 with opportunities to meet and collaborate with working Philly artists, both virtually and IRL. Our Winter term runs from January 4 - February 23.

The submission deadline is Thursday, December 2 at midnight. After submitting a proposal, 8 artists will be invited to attend a mandatory, virtual Proposal Fair scheduled for Tuesday, December 14 from 4-6pm on Zoom to meet Teen Lounge students and give a brief presentation on their idea. Students will then vote to select which projects to run for the Winter term. Students will be selecting 4 visiting artists (2 in-person, 2 virtual).

Head to our #LinkinBio 🔗 to apply and stay tuned later this month to learn more about Fleisher's Teen Lounge program!

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Leaves are falling quickly these days as we prepare for another winter season. Whether you're looking forward to coming in from the cold at Fleisher or staying tucked in at home, we have an art class for you! By popular demand, we're continuing to provide a robust selection of virtual classes and workshops in addition to our onsite courses. Hosted on Zoom, our virtual offerings are taught by instructors with many months of online teaching experience under their belt.

If you can't join us in person this winter, this is a great way to stay connected with Fleisher's creative community and learn new skills with our talented instructors. Head to our #LinkinBio 🔗 to check out our online class listings. 

Artwork by Keith Roeckle 

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Don't forget to drop off your artwork for the 123rd Annual Adult Student Exhibition! We are accepting artwork through tomorrow evening at 7 PM. A valid Fleisher membership is required to submit artwork for the exhibition. Head to our #LinkinBio 🔗 to fill out our artwork intake form.

The exhibition will run from December 4th through January 21st when we will have a closing reception and prize ceremony from 6-8 PM.

Artwork by Cynthia Bayer 🎨

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For 123 years, the Annual Adult Student Exhibition has celebrated the vibrant artwork created by Fleisher’s students. The exhibition provides students with the opportunity to show their work in a public gallery, a milestone in any artist’s career. In addition, numerous cash prizes are awarded to students in each of many categories of art making including fiber arts, drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, and photography at the exhibition’s closing reception, Friday, January 21, 2022.

Artwork intake will take place November 15-18 11AM - 7PM. The artwork submission form is located in our #LinkinBio 🔗. Please be sure to fill out a form before you drop off your work.

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As our fall session comes to a close, we wanted give a shout out to everyone who helped bring our children and youth programming back on site! Thank you to all of our amazing teaching artists, staff, and volunteers who made this session a success! We look forward to seeing you again this winter. ❄️

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Have you ever wanted to get started in digital art, but didn't know where to begin?  We are offering a new course, an Introduction to Screen-Based Art, this winter. 

This class is an introduction, and creates a working foundation, for creative practices of digital illustration today. Students will collage, digitally paint and draw, read texts, and create a portfolio of artwork with their personal voice guiding all their projects. We will mix traditional art methodologies with digital tools to learn that ‘digital art’ is a logical extension of historical visual arts.

The Teaching Artist, Tanner "T" Reckling (he/they) is an interdisciplinary arts worker living and working in Philadelphia. He received a MFA from the University of Oregon in 2021 via a Full Graduate Teaching Fellowship. He previously studied at the University of California- Los Angeles and the University of Nebraska. Recently, he was a residency coordinator and curator at Tropical Contemporary Gallery in Eugene, OR. He has curated multiple new media exhibitions and shown work recently in Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Los Angeles, CA; Omaha, NE; Minneapolis, MN; Columbus, OH; and Venice, Italy. He is interested in technology & identity formations, digital drawing, community organizing, and contemporary visual cultures.

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We are excited to announce that Creative Labs is back!

Creative Labs is Fleisher’s innovative after-school program, offering young people in kindergarten through fifth grade a nourishing and fun after-school experience. Fleisher’s extraordinary faculty and staff create engaging and age-appropriate curricula that use art to encourage creativity and critical thinking. Creative Labs is where young artists can begin to ask and answer questions about who they are and how they seek to define themselves. Free walking pickup is available from several neighborhood schools.

Winter class registration opens Monday, November 8, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

For more details regarding schedules, pricing, and walking pickup head to our #LinkinBio 🔗

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This is your last week to view the Wind Challenge I Exhibition! Works by Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez, Miguel Antonio Horn, and Kevin B. Huang will be on view through November 6th. 

Established in 1978, the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is an annual juried competition committed to enriching and expanding people’s lives through art.

The Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is made possible thanks to generous support from the Wind Foundation and Fleisher members.

Please bring proof of vaccination to keep you and our creative community safe while visiting our buildings.

Pictured artwork by Miguel Antonio Horn

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Are you looking for something fun to do, while also supporting a good cause? Our friends @rair_philly are holding their annual Trash Bash next Wednesday, November 10th!

Trash Bash supports RAIR's mission of challenging the perception of waste culture by providing a unique platform for artists at the intersection of art and industry.

The event will take place outside the Atelier FAS Gallery and guests will be able to enjoy food and beverages under the stars. There will also be a Silent Auction of Trash Boutique (works by RAIR staff made completely out of recycled materials) and works from local artists, past RAIR resident artists, and pieces from the rest of the RAIR family!

Head to our stories to learn more about RAIR and go to our #LinkinBio 🔗 to purchase tickets for the event!