ARTspiration!

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Date: June 10, 2017

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Venue: 700 Block of Catharine Street

 

This FREE outdoor festival takes place at Fleisher’s historic campus along the 700 block of Catharine Street. ARTspiration! is an opportunity to demonstrate the impact that art can have on our neighborhoods and to collaborate, strengthen, and empower other organizations that align with our mission.

This event showcases Fleisher’s children and adult classes through family-friendly activities led by local artists, Fleisher’s staff, and volunteers, as well as musical and dance performances on our main stage, and an array of activities demonstrated by our community partners. ARTspiration! has become an one of Fleisher’s most anticipated events with attendance reaching, and often exceeding, 2,500 visitors.

Celebrate Fleisher: The Founder’s Award

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Date: June 7, 2017

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

 

Marsha Moss, the recipient of Fleisher’s 2017 Founder’s Award, is renowned as a transformative force in the Philadelphia arts community through her passionate advocacy of public art as “the soul of our city, energizing its economy and enhancing the quality of its public life.”

A highly regarded leader and resolute champion of countless local and national artists whose works enhance innumerable public venues, Marsha is mission bound to significantly expand the careers of these artists who benefit from her ardent commitment. She actively encourages artists to “come out of their studios and join the effort to shape the life of our city” through experiential opportunities that stimulate awareness and appreciation of the physical environment.

Marsha combines the artist’s vision with public purpose by advancing major permanent commissions at medical, corporate, transit and performing arts centers, at universities, and for Percent-for-Art projects.

For over two decades as Director of Sculpture Outdoors, she curated major exhibitions on public and alternate sites in Philadelphia and throughout the country. As a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, Marsha founded The Artfront Partnership, an innovative venture that commissioned artists to transform unoccupied city storefronts into illuminated, dynamic destinations.
For these outstanding achievements, Fleisher recognizes Marsha Moss, advocate for artists and champion of Public Art, with the 2017 Founder’s Award.

Your support of the Founder’s Award Celebration helps Fleisher continue its 119-year tradition of providing free access to art education for people of all ages and abilities.

Purchase tickets to the event or make a sponsorship gift.

Sanctuary Series – Leonardo at 500: A Lesson in Creativity

Date: May 17, 2017

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

 

Doctor Salvatore Mangione, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of History of Medicine Series at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Jefferson University, traces the specific traits that nurture creativity through the fascinating lens of Leonardo da Vinci’s life and his pioneering work in anatomy. Leonardo was arguably the most creative person who ever lived. Exquisitely gifted in both arts and science, he practiced them as a “scientist of art and an artist of science”. Five hundred years later, his anatomical drawings remain testimony to his unique way of engaging the world both artistically and scientifically.

The Sanctuary Series was developed in support of Fleisher’s mission to make art accessible to everyone. The series provides low-commitment learning experience for our creative community to explore its interest in the arts. Supporting and supplementing Fleisher’s regular class and workshop offerings, Sanctuary Series events range from artist talks, film screenings, musical and dance performances, as well as hands on workshops. The Sanctuary Series is free and open to the public.

ColorWheels at Story Book Weekend, Presented by PNC Arts Alive

Date: May 7, 2017

Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

 

Catch ColorWheels, Fleisher’s mobile arts studio, at Sister Cities Park (210 N. 18th Street) as we help Center City District celebrate its first annual Story Book Weekend. Enjoy story reading sessions by special guest readers and local authors, live music, make-and-take crafts, face painting, balloon art and more.

ColorWheels is presented by PNC Arts Alive. 

Sanctuary Series: Young Artist Lightning Talks

Date: May 3, 2017

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

 

Wondering what young artists are up to these days? Here is your chance to meet these talented artists in the beginning phases of their careers. Students in Professional Practice classes from Ursinus College and Moore College of Art and Design will present brief, two-minute talks about their development as young artists and their current work.

The Sanctuary Series was developed in support of Fleisher’s mission to make art accessible to everyone. The series provides low-commitment learning experience for our creative community to explore its interest in the arts. Supporting and supplementing Fleisher’s regular class and workshop offerings, Sanctuary Series events range from artist talks, film screenings, musical and dance performances, as well as hands on workshops. The Sanctuary Series is free and open to the public.

 

The 39th Annual Wind Challenge Exhibition Series: Challenge 2

The 39th Annual Wind Challenge Exhibition Series: Challenge 2

  • Date: April 7, 2017 - May 20, 2017

Established in 1978, the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is an annual juried competition that is committed to enriching and expanding people’s lives through art. Wind Challenge Exhibitions feature the work of exceptional artists living in the Philadelphia region.

Challenge 2 will include the work of Debbie Lerman, Amy Ritter, and Emily White.

The Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is made possible with thanks to generous support from the Wind Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and through Fleisher members.

Since its inception, the series has introduced regional contemporary art from over three hundred artists to a broad audience and has helped emerging artists advance their professional careers. Past Wind Challenge artists include photographer Robert Asman and sculptor Syd Carpenter, both of whom were later awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts; beloved Fleisher teaching artist Charlotte Yudis; and brothers Billy and Stephen Dufala, winners of the 2009 West Prize.  In 2011, a series of free-public programs led by the artists was introduced, designed to enhance the viewing experience for youth and adults.