Supporting and Promoting the Arts at the University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has appointed artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley the Keith L. and Kathy Sachs Visiting Professors in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2019–2020 Academic Year.
October 11, 2019
“El difícil arte de migrar” Exhibition at the Annenberg Center Featured in the Inquirer
The Inquirer wrote an article on art exhibits around the city that will extend the celebration of Hispanic, Latino, and Latinx communities’ heritage past Hispanic Heritage Month. “El difícil arte de migrar” at the Annenberg Center is one of three exhibits featured; the other two being "Los trompos” and “Look Up! Look In” at the Kimmel Center, and “Portales” at Taller Puertorriqueño.
October 10, 2019
Early American Music and the Construction of Race: An Interdisciplinary Workshop
Racial ideology is baked into the cultural and music history of early America. Native peoples and colonists heard each other’s music as indicators of difference, friendliness, or danger. The regulation of song and dance was integral to the subjugation of enslaved people. And, in the United States, a vested interest in forming a nation of white citizens was underpinned by pious and genteel repertoire. This workshop seeks to provide a space for the cultivation of new areas of inquiry into the intersection of race, music, and American cultural history. While the interrelated relationship between race, modernity, and American music is of enduring interest to scholars–especially those focused on the twentieth century to today–this workshop is dedicated to tracing these long-term themes in the earlier period from colonial encounter to the Civil War.
October 10, 2019
Evolution of Social Networks and Social Behaviors
The structure of a society determines who gets to interact with whom, and in what relation, resulting in networks of social connections. These social networks play a very important role in the ecology and evolution of all animals, very much including humans. Erol Akçay will talk about how evolution shapes these social networks in animals and how social networks co-evolve with behaviors. Get a glimpse into the innovative and impactful research taking place at Penn Arts & Sciences at the Penn Science and Lightbulb Cafes. The lecture series is free and open to the public and takes place in Center City at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
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.
Wednesday October 16Common Press: Intro to Letterpress
Learn the fundamentals of setting type and letterpress printing on our Vandercook cylinder presses. We will also discuss alternatives to setting type for printing on the press (photopolymer plates, linoleum, pressure printing). Required as a prerequisite for printing on the Vandercook during Open Studio Hours. Registration is required. Open to UPenn students, faculty, and staff.
Wednesday October 16A Celebration of “Plagued By Fire” Featuring Paul Hendrickson
Paul Hendrickson — an eminent writer, Penn faculty member, and longtime friend of the Writers House — has written an extraordinary new book about Frank Lloyd Wright. Plagued by Fire is a pathbreaking biography that will change the way we understand the life, mind, and work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Join us at the Kelly Writers Workshop Arts Cafe for a talk by the author, followed by a celebratory reception.
Wednesday October 16Passing as Americans: Filipinx Perspectives on Contemporary Art
In conjunction with Michelle Lopez: Ballast & Barricades, this conversation examines strategies used by Filipinx artists and curators to navigate questions of race and cultural production within the museum against the rise of authoritarianism in both the U.S. and the Philippines. Michelle Lopez joins fellow artists Josh Kline and Paul Pfeiffer to discuss the limits and possibilities of art, identity, and politics, moderated by Joselina Cruz, Director and Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila.
Thursday October 17Speakeasy Open Mic Night
This student-run open mic night welcomes all kinds of readings, performances, spectacles, and happenings. Bring your poetry, your guitar, your dance troupe, your award-winning essay, or your stand up comedy to share.
Experience the rich traditions of Mexican culture at our Day of the Dead celebration with musical and dance performances, puppetry and storytelling, face painting, sugar skulls, arts & crafts, and more. Place a photo or memento to remember the passing of a loved one on the ofrenda, the spectacular centerpiece of the celebration created by muralist Cesar Viveros. This event is in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Center and Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia. Free for PennCard holders.
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.