Supporting and Promoting the Arts at the University of Pennsylvania
A year and 23 grant projects later, The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation is phasing into round two of its annual grant awards, announcing 26 grant-funded projects that total $220,000 in new arts investment. The 2019 grants, announced at a party at the Penn LGBT Center on Thursday night with members of and performances from the local arts community, were divvied out in eight categories.
May 14, 2019
Graham Foundation Grantees Include a PennDesign Faculty Member and an Alumna
In 2019, the Graham Foundation awarded $462,800 to 64 projects by individuals, including two members of the Weitzman School of Design community. Zhongjie Lin, associate professor of city and regional planning, was awarded a grant for his forthcoming book Constructing Utopias: China’s Emerging New Town Movement. Alumna Jessica Vaughn (MFA’11) was awarded a grant for "Office Architecture and Invisible Bodies," a project through which she'll explore the slippage and messiness of how material and physical structures can and do shape our reading of space, compliance and architecture.
May 10, 2019
Musical Merger of Academics and Performance
Taught by Jamuna Samuel, Music 236, an academic/performance hybrid course, focuses on the music of one composer and incorporates history and analysis. This semester the focus was on the instrumental chamber music of Franz Schubert. Working with music professor Anna Weesner, Samuel created the course, inspired by a class she took when she was a student at Yale University, with an emphasis on developing the collaborative aspect.
May 10, 2019
Studying Novels with Novelist Jennifer Egan
Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, returns to her alma mater to teach a course on English literature. Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her most recent novel, “Manhattan Beach,” a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. “A Visit From the Goon Squad” won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times book prize in addition to the Pulitzer in 2011.
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation announced its 2019 Grant Awards at a celebration on Thursday, May 2nd at the Penn LGBT Center. Our annual grants process will reopen in the fall of 2019. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.
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.
Sunday May 19Opening Reception: Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
This exhibition of works at the Camden FireWorks Gallery by artist Joe Plageman features paintings depicting each line of Whitman's poem, "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" along with other works. The opening reception at 12PM will feature a live reading of the poem while viewing images of the corresponding paintings.
Monday May 20Glee Club 4th Annual Tour Kickoff Concert
Join the Penn Glee Club at one final concert before they embark on their performance tour of East Asia. Come enjoy an evening of music at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Parkway on Monday, May 20th at 7:00 PM. This event is free of charge and open to the public.
Tuesday May 21$100 Prize! Write an Epic Haiku in the Spirit of Walt Whitman
Bring your best haiku to Green Line Cafe at 6pm! They must be original poems, or use Whitman text as found poetry; they must follow the traditional 5/7/5 syllables, or non-traditional very short poems; and you will have up to 5 minutes to read. Sign up in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Wednesday May 22Hopscotch Translation Series: Olga Slavnikova and Marian Schwartz
Hopscotch Translation Series #12 A reading and discussion with Olga Slanikova—author of The Man Who Couldn't Die: The Tale of an Authentic Human Being—in conversation w/ her translator Marian Schwartz and Professor José Vergara. This event will take place at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 22nd.
The Weitzman School’s Year End Show offers a firsthand look at how the next generation of architects, landscape architects, planners, and preservationists are pushing the boundaries of design. A multimedia display of work by more than 200 master’s candidates probes connections between the built environment and quality of life, cultural heritage, and social justice. This exhibition is presented at Meyerson Hall. A companion exhibition at Crane Arts, 1400 North American Street, tracks directions among emerging artists earning an MFA from the School.