Supporting and Promoting the Arts at the University of Pennsylvania
Choreographed by Daniel Ezralow, Xmas Philes pairs PHILADANCO's colorful tapestry of movement with popular Christmas music in what has become an eagerly anticipated December tradition. Join us after the show on opening night for a champagne toast to PHILADANCO's founder and national dance icon, Joan Myers Brown, in celebration of the company's 50th anniversary as well as the 60th anniversary of the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts. Check out the Annenberg Center website for show dates and times at the Zellerbach Theatre.
December 10, 2019
An Inca Ceremonial Center Recreated in a Digital Landscape
Students use computer graphic technologies to bring historic sites to life as part of a summer research program and fall semester course that unites anthropology and computer science. Computer scientist Norman Badler and archaeologist Clark Erickson collaborate on summer research projects and teach a cross-listed course called Visualizing the Past/Peopling the Past. By working across these two fields, students can see firsthand how technology can help bring historical tales to life while also understanding the importance of anthropological context in effective and accurate storytelling.
December 5, 2019
English Professor J.C. Cloutier’s Latest Book Sheds New Light on African American Literature
Jean-Christophe Cloutier sifts through library archives searching for pages written by African American authors that are often hidden, uncatalogued, misfiled, or forgotten. In his new book, “Shadow Archives: The Lifecycles of African American Literature,” Cloutier uncovers his discoveries during the past decade and explains his theories on why African American literary archives are often undervalued. Cloutier is an assistant professor of English at Penn, known for his popular class on comics and graphic novels, which he will be teaching in the spring semester. He is also an archivist, having worked in libraries for years.
December 5, 2019
Gifts from Arnold and Deanne Kaplan, Include the World’s First Endowed Position in Judaica Digital Humanities.
he University of Pennsylvania Libraries has received a series of gifts from Arnold and Deanne Kaplan, including the world’s first endowed position in Judaica digital humanities, totaling $12 million. The Kaplans’ contributions also comprise an in-kind gift of collections of Americana and Early American Judaica, research fellowships, and an endowment for continuing acquisitions.
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation’s 2020 Grant Cycle is now open. Please visit our Grants page to learn more about this year’s opportunities and how to apply. Please also sign up for our newsletter to stay informed of important deadlines.
The Sachs Program’s grantmaking supports innovative arts activities throughout the Penn community, providing funding to Penn faculty, staff, students, departments, programs, and centers. Our vision is that the arts at Penn are valued and embraced as a creative catalyst, driving innovation, inspiration, and action.
Thursday December 12People’s Books & Culture Holds its ‘All But True’ Reading Series
The recently rebranded Penn Book Center, now People's Books & Culture, continues its ongoing All But True reading series, hosted by the Working Writers Group. Tori Bond and Nathan Allan Long read from their respective books of short stories, many of which are flash fiction. Refreshments will be served.
Thursday December 12Lightbox Film Center Goodbye Party
Lightbox Film Center invites you to celebrate 40 years of film at International House Philadelphia! Join Lightbox members, current and former staff, partners, and film lovers from across the region for a festive evening celebrating the rich history of Film @ International House as we begin a new chapter at University of the Arts.
Friday December 13Penn Art Collection Presents Study Center Fridays
Explore our collection: Cindy Sherman, Dürer, Betye Saar, Rauschenberg, Motherwell, Nevelson, Helmut Newton, Ruth Asawa, Matisse, Von Rydingsvard, Shirin Neshat, Eakins and many many many more... Doing research? Need inspiration? Just want to hang out with artwork? BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT for a viewing!
Friday December 13Public Conversation at Slought Foundation on Mass Shootings and the Quest For Fame
The event will explore how the quest for fame motivates mass shooters, and will feature survivor and activist Samantha Fuentes and cultural anthropologist Eric Montgomery in conversation, moderated by artist Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri.
Lousy Bedroom showcases Lousys new and selected works that revolve around what happens in a bedroom – dream, make love, sleep, party and chill. From the back alleys of Hong Kong to Bedroom, the show is a sneak peak into a more intimate side of Lousy, a cozy retreat into his dreamscape at Crane Arts and Culture Venue in Philadelphia.
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation’s 2019 SHIP Intern, Tias Volker (C ’21), developed a map that highlights arts resources and centers across Penn’s campus. While not every resource could be included, The Sachs Program encourages you to use this map to explore the breadth of arts offerings at Penn.