Allentown Arts Commission Announces 2018 Artist-in-Residence
Five Local Artists Awarded Grants for Projects
The Allentown Arts Commission is awarding $45,000 in grants to five recipients of the 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program. The program was established this year and is designed to artistically engage the community and create a bridge between the neighborhoods throughout the City of Allentown by fostering inclusiveness and celebrating diversity.
Two $4,500 grants have been awarded to Emerging Artists who are at the earliest stages of their career. Two $9,000 grants have been awarded to Established Artists as defined by those who have created an independent body of work or performed extensively on stage or screen. One $18,000 grant has been awarded to a Professional Artist who has reached an advanced level of achievement in their discipline.
Receiving one Emerging Artist grant is independent artist Pedro DeLee for his mural project to be installed at Union Terrace Elementary School during the fall. Also receiving a $4500 Emerging Artist grant is Puertorrican Cultural Preservation under the direction of Robert and Flor Velez for their Communal Drumming and Dancing workshop programs held at Alliance Hall, with performances throughout the city parks and events including the Puerto Rican Day Parade in July.
Receiving one Established Artist grant is Jill Odegaarde, professor at Cedar Crest College and 2017 Arts Ovation Visual Artist recipient, for her Images Make Stories project incorporating handmade papermaking and bookmaking for residents, students and refugees at locations including the Church of the Mediator, McKinley Elementary School, Art in the Park and Third Thursday events. The second Established Artist grant recipient is Chloe Cole Wilson for Project Silk presents OUT, a program for LGBTQ+ youth of color to create their own art and tell their stories through poetry and movement with weekly workshops and final performances at Valley Youth House and Project Silk.
The Professional Artist Grant of $18,000 has been awarded to world-renowned musician and educator Cliff Haltzman Tracy for his musical instrument program in Allentown elementary schools. The Flutophone project incorporates eight weeks of lessons for third graders in seven different Allentown School District elementary schools across the city before a community performance at each school for students, parents and teachers, capped off by a community-wide performance by participating students at a major upcoming civic event this fall. Students will leave the program with a new-found musical talent along with their own personal Flutophone and music instruction book.
2018 Allentown Arts Commission Artist-in-ReSidence Program
Over 30 Artists Applied for $45,000 in 2018 Grants
The Allentown Arts Commission is proud to announce a public artist call for the 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program to artistically engage the community and create a bridge between the neighborhoods throughout the City of Allentown by fostering inclusiveness and celebrating diversity.
Five Artist-in-Residence projects will be awarded with funding based on artist experience and project scope. Two $4,500 grants will be awarded to Emerging Artists who are at the earliest stages of their career. Two $9,000 grants will be awarded to Established Artists as defined by those who have created an independent body of work or performed extensively on stage or screen. One $18,000 grant will be awarded to a Professional Artist who has reached an advanced level of achievement for their work in their discipline.
Artists of all genres including visual, music, theatre, dance, literary and digital are encouraged to submit a proposal to the Allentown Arts Commission between February 19 and March 19 for projects to be completed by December 31, 2018. Eligible artists must live, work or study in Allentown and must submit their proposal including budget and time line by 11:59PM Mon., March 19. A full listing of all submission requirements and detailed instructions are available for download at the Arts Commission website.
The review of all proposals will be made through a juried process including leaders of the Allentown artistic community representing residents, businesses, civic, educational and arts and cultural representatives. Members of the Allentown Art Commission will make the final selection of 2018 artists with grant recipients notified on April 9.
In order to answer questions and provide guidance on submitting a future proposal, the Allentown Arts Commission will be hosting Community Meetings for interested artists at three locations during the months of May and June. For more information, please contact Deb Rabinsky at Deborah@culturalcoalitionofallentown.org.
For more information on the Artist-in-Residence Program please contact Deborah Rabinsky at 484.809.2853 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Allentown Arts Commission website at www.allentownpa.gov/arts
Arts Commission ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Meetings
Community Meetings for Artists Held Thursday March 1, Sunday March 4 and Thursday March 8
First Artist Meeting Held on March 1
CADCA Offices Host 10 Artists, Commissioners Provide Info
In order to answer questions and provide guidance on submitting a proposal, the Allentown Arts Commission is hosting Community Meetings for interested artists at three locations during the month of March. The first community meeting was held on Thursday, March 1 at the CADCA Offices at 523 N. 7th St.
The second community meeting will be held on Sunday, March 4 from 12PM-1PM at Civic Theater 514 at 527 19th St. The final community meeting will be held on Thurs, March 8 from 6-7PM at the Baum School at 510 Linden St.
Artist Meeting Held March 4 at Civic Theater
Theater 514 Hosts 10 Artists of Diverse Genres, Backgrounds
The Allentown Arts Commission hosted the second of three Community Meetings for interested artists on Sunday, March 4 at the Civic Theater 514 on 19th Street.
The third and final community meeting will be held on Thurs, March 8 from 6-7:30PM at the Baum School at 510 Linden St.
Please RSVP your attendance to Deb Rabinsky at Deborah@culturalcoalitionofallentown.org.
2018 Artist-in-Residence Brings Collaboration with Arts Commission
Cultural Coalition Selected to Manage Artist-in-Residence Programs
The Cultural Coalition of Allentown (CCA) was selected by the City of Allentown's Department of Community and Economic Development to manage the Artist-in-Residence Programs of the Allentown Arts Commission throughout 2018.
In announcing the selection, Deborah Rabinsky, Director of Artistic Operations for CCA said, "We are honored to be selected to manage the Artist-in-Residence program for the Allentown Arts Commission beginning in 2018. We believe our experience with our first year Artist-in-Residence projects in the Upside Allentown neighborhoods uniquely qualifies the CCA to take on this responsibility to grow the involvement with artists across this great city."
The CCA's role will be to assist in the Artist Call process as well as month-by-month monitoring of the progress of the Artist-in-Residence program on behalf of the Arts Commission and the City of Allentown. The New Initiatives Committee of the Arts Commission will be responsible for the recommendation of the artists to the Arts Commission in early 2018.
The official announcement of the 2018 Artist Call will be forthcoming on or before January 1, 2018. Watch for details to be posted on the websites of the Cultural Coalition of Allentown and the Allentown Arts Commission.