January 6 - March 2
January 2 - April 11
In the Gallery
|Finding Faces: A Century of African-American Portraiture:
January 31 - February 28
Reception: February 20
6 - 8pm
Featuring Michael Guerin & Katie Pfeiffer of the Diartspora Gallery
2014 UCAL Annual AuctionSave the Date - May 10!
It's cast in stone. Saturday night, May 10. We'll be returning to the Hall of Flags at Houston Hall on Penn's campus in response to the positive feedback of last year's auction event. More to come.
Arts League Gets Funding from Philadelphia FoundationThe University City Arts League has received a $22,000 grant from the Philadelphia Foundation to support the conduct of a business and revenue plan. The plan, to be produced by Fairmount Ventures, will help the organization grow its programs over the next three years both on and off site. R. Andrew Swinney, President of The Philadelphia Foundation said that the initiative was being awarded through the following funds of the Foundation: the Elizabeth Jamison O’Brien Fund, Carrie P. Cascaden Fund, House of Rest Endowment Fund, the Richard R. and Charlotte C. Wright Memorial Fund and the Fund for Children.
Nancy Cox - In MemoriamDonations are still being accepted for the University City Arts League Nancy J. Cox Education Fund for Youth. Nancy, a longstanding West Philadelphia resident and former Director of the University City Arts League and Democratic Committee leader, died on August 28. Nancy’s family established the fund. Contact the UCAL office to make donations.
2014 Arts League Board of DirectorsMarie Witt
Interim Chair. Marie D. Witt, Vice President, Division of Business Services, University of Pennsylvania.
Vice Chairman. Dr. Josh Perelman, Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections for the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Secretary. Cheryl Roebuck, community activist and music educator.
Treasurer. Vijay Kapoor, Director of the Workforce Consulting Practice at Public Financial Management in the firm’s Strategic Consulting group.
Newly elected board members are:
- Algenong Allen, a community leader and businessman who is also a member of Cedar Park Neighbors and a founding member of the Baltimore Avenue Business Association when it was revived in 2008.
- Angela Kweon Curry, Esq, compliance counsel for Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation, who had been an associate at Ballard Spahr Andrews and Ingersoll and a law clerk to US District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker.
- Fern Glaser, a partner in “Little Warrior Media,” which produces videos web content, social media, pr and marketing materials for clients including PBX Comcast, and University of Pennsylvania.
- Jennifer Jordan, Esq, of counsel at Morgan Lewis Bochius, who previously was law clerk to Judge Edmund V. Ludwig of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- Richard King, architect, a senior associate with Wallace Roberts & Todd, is involved with the design and performance of institutional buildings throughout the United States and abroad. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Arts League Offering Classes at Powel SchoolThe Arts League has begun an after-school arts program at the Powel School in Powelton Village. The sessions are on Friday afternoons. Classes being offered are “Art Detectives” and “Comic Book Art. The program developed when a group of Powel parents asked the Arts League if we would be interested in teaching there. A meeting with the principal followed and the program kicked off. It has been very well received.
Arts League Working with Elderly at LIFE CenterThe Arts League continues to work with the infirm elderly at the LIFE Center at 45th and Chestnut Streets in West Philadelphia bringing art, pottery and writing classes to residents of West Philadelphia. LIFE is a day center for the elderly founded by the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. Seniors are working on poetry, making pottery items and drawing and painting. Most participants are over 70 years old; one 100-year plus year old woman is a regular. A show is in the works.
Keepers ProjectThe Keepers Project is a West Philadelphia community-based dance theater project tailored to people 65 years of age and older of all skill levels and backgrounds. Do you have stories to tell about your family, roots and history that you would like to share with a group? No experience is needed just a willingness to connect and be involved. Workshops are free. Workshops will explore your stories that may include traditions, immigrating to the US, or life-changing moments through a series of guided movement and theater exercises. Sessions will be documented. Participants will keep a journal and leave with a workshop portfolio. Sessions are: Dec. 19, Jan. 23, Feb. 20 & March 20.
Anne-Marie Mulgrew, artistic director of Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co. (AMM & DCO) and assisted by company member, Megan Wilson Stern will conduct and facilitate sessions.
The Keepers Project is supported by an Art and Change grant from the Leeway Foundation with University City Arts League as change partner and host. Please RSVP and spread the word Call Anne-Marie Mulgrew 215-462-7720 Email email@example.com Visit www.annemariemulgrewdancersco.org.
Weekly Lindy Hop/Blues DancesThe University City Arts League is hosting Thursday night Lindy Hop and Blues classes and open dances. The classes run from 8 to 9 and is followed by a dance from 9 to 11. Everyone is welcome and admission is only $5. The Thursday evening classes called "Jazz Attack" is sponsored by Lindy Hop and Blues, a not for profit organization hoping to promote dance within the City of Philadelphia. The Arts League, which offers an array of dance classes incuding tango, salsa, bellly dancing, modern dance and flamencon is pleased to partner with Lindy Hop and Blues.
Escort ServicesAs an extension of Penn's safety escort service, the University City District Public Safety Program has brought UC Walk to the community. Those needing someone to walk them to transportation, a meeting, a class at the Arts League or home can call 215-898-WALK (9255), and an ambassador will be dispatched. This service operations 24 hours a day.
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