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Penn’s Arts & the City Year
September 8, 2009, Volume 56, No. 02


Arts and the City

Penn’s Arts & the City Year celebrates arts and culture across campus—and throughout the neighborhood, city, and region. It features a range of events in fall 2009 and spring 2010, from student performances and guest artists, to discussions about national arts policy, the role of the arts in public health, and the importance of civic engagement with arts and culture.

With its array of diverse perspectives, the Arts & the City Year spotlights Penn’s commitment to knowledge that crosses disciplines and boundaries, while reaffirming the essential role of arts and culture in campus and city life.

There are Arts Grants: awarded by a committee of faculty and staff, to support opportunities, initiated by or primarily involving students, to create, participate in, and learn about the arts on campus and in Philadelphia. Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis, no later than October 1 for the fall term. Visit www.upenn.edu/provost/arts_grants for more information.



Some upcoming events will include:

West Philadelphia: Building a Community: in collaboration with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Penn Archives, the Arthur Ross Gallery presents an exhibition focused on the architectural and community development of West Philadelphia since the second half of the 19th century. It features a wide range of historical documents, including maps, photos, oral histories, and watercolors with scenes from some of the neighborhood’s earliest years; now through October 11.

What is Arts in the City and how can staff members participate? September 24, Arthur Ross Gallery; panel discussion will inform staff on all that is offered for this arts-themed year and how staff members can take advantage of the programs; noon-1 p.m., tours of the Arthur Ross Gallery are offered at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to those interested.

Creative Action: The Arts in Public Health: The Center for Public Health Initiatives hosts a year-long series of events that present the perspectives of artists on critical public health issues, especially in Philadelphia and among immigrant and historically underrepresented groups; September–May.

Voices from “Let Me Down Easy,”—the CPHI series’ central event will be a presentation by renowned writer/actress Anna Deavere Smith of her current work on access to health care in America; November 2, 6 p.m.,  Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center.

Arts & Culture at Homecoming Weekend: for the first time, Homecoming Weekend will include a wide range of arts and culture events to complement the football game, including classes, concerts, tours, panels, children’s events, film screenings, and other special events; November 6-7.


Almanac - September 8, 2009, Volume 56, No. 02