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In Summer 2022, the Barnes Foundation will expand its Barnes on the Block initiative in celebration of the Barnes' Centennial anniversary. This all-day outdoor event will allow the Barnes to reach new and increasingly diverse audiences, while at the same time welcoming back repeat visitors with a Centennial event in Jazz Age style. Barnes on the Block will connect and enliven the neighborhood streets immediately surrounding its location on Philadelphia's Ben Franklin Parkway, while at the same time engaging audiences who may not have historically visited the museum. The Block Party will activate all four sides of the Foundation's exterior grounds and surrounding city streets with live interactive dance and musical performances celebrating the collective history of the Barnes; artist demonstrations in wood, glass, metal, and clay mediums; family-friendly programming and activities for all ages; plus pay-as-you-go food and beverage truck vendors. The Museum will also open the doors to its inside galleries at no charge for maximum community enjoyment, with indoor program highlights including a new, specially commissioned multimedia exhibition, Statues Never Die, by Isaac Julien. Statues Never Die will explore the mutual influence of Barnes' Founder Albert C. Barnes, collector of African material cultural and civil rights activist, and Alain Locke, philosopher, cultural critic, and the oft named "Father of the Harlem Renaissance". Tentative program partners include Dandy Wellington, a jazz singer, dancer, and bandleader in 1920s style; woodworker Peter Park; Mural Arts; and the Spiral Q Puppet Theatre.
Hands on Clay brings The Clay Studio's ceramic arts programming out of its studios and into the Philadelphia community, through socially-distanced in-person events, take-home Clay Kits, and virtual programs. Hands on Clay targets the Philadelphia area communities who experience economic or geographic barriers to arts and cultural activities, with the goal of removing these obstacles through frequent, consistent, and free public arts programming. Historically, Clay Studio Teaching Artists have traveled with everything they've needed to create a fun and inspiring hands-on clay activity within Philadelphia neighborhoods, partnering with established festivals and community events where possible for maximum community impact and fun. With the ongoing realities of the COVID health crisis, the Clay Studio has and will continue to modify Hands on Clay events, distributing individual take-home Clay Kits to the city's most under resourced children and families through partnerships with Play Streets Philadelphia and other community organizations, as well as hosting virtual clay tutorials in lieu of large community festival events. Once allowed by City and State authorities, The Clay Studio plans to host smaller but more frequent outdoor activities in the outdoor covered events pavilion at their new facility in Fishtown / South Kensington.
Expressive Path's annual Art in the Park festival returns after a year of virtual-only programming, bringing artists and performers to Norristown's Elmwood Park Zoo for a Fall 2021 event filled with art, music, and live performances. Art in the Park will showcase a wide variety of emerging artists and performers on stages throughout the zoo, including three live bands plus a large area for dancing. Later in the day, these stages will host a play by the nearby Centre Theatre, a classical dance performance, as well as talented singers performing a wide variety of musical genres. Plein Air artists will capture the full excitement of the festival and offer live demonstrations throughout the day, while pop-up performances will bring innovative and interactive acts to round out the event. Many regional Arts and Music events are typically hosted in the City of Philadelphia proper, and therefore surrounding suburbs often miss out on significant cultural opportunities. Norristown presents a unique location for greater arts opportunities and the Art in the Park event in particular. For many in the area, Art in the Park may very well be their first time seeing a play or dance performance live and in person, and it's all happening -- right where they live -- in Norristown, Montgomery County.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
This year at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, kids and their grown-ups are invited to experience a wide variety of creative and engaging art activities, on-site as well as online. Art Kids includes art making activities in the new Art Kids Studio in the Museum’s recently opened South Vaulted Walkway, art classes in its new classrooms, and outdoor art programs in the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden when weather permits. Online, kids can participate in virtual Art Playdates at Home via Zoom. Through the museum's partnership with CraftNow, the museum will also make over 2,000 free art kits available at local camp sites to kids taking part in the City’s Summer Camp program, further extending its educational resources and reach in the community this summer.
SRUTI, The India Music & Dance Society
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Now in its 35th program year, Sruti presents high quality Indian classical music and dance concerts, by nationally and internationally renowned artists. With support from PNC, Sruti will host a series of events showcasing the twin traditions of Hindustani and Carnatic music and Indian classical dance. Specifically, Sruti plans to host a BBC Radio Award winning vocalist (Kaushiki Chakraborty, a leading exponent of Hindustani classical music); two young ambassadors of Bharathanatyam dance (Shijith & Parvathy Nambiar), and a unique lecture demonstration by musicologist Professor T.S. Satyavathi, coupled with the Sruti Composers Day -- a day-long community engagement event within the region's Indian & South Asian cultural community that will feature individual and group singing by youth, adults, and music teachers within the area. These programs will engage and impact the Indian diaspora and diverse arts enthusiasts in Greater Philadelphia.
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