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The Village is proud to announce the
first artists in residence for SPACES
2014 Innaugural Cycle
JUMP TO LEARN ABOUT THE ARTISTS: 
+ KING BRITT 
+ AMBER ARTS COLLECTIVE 
+ MARK STRANDQUIST / COURTNEY BOWLES
SUBMISSION AND REVIEW PROCESS
Since the launch of SPACES in January 2014, The Village has welcomed more than 50 east-coast artists on tours of The Village, received 68 stellar proposals, and reviewed proposals with a diverse team of 36 individuals comprised of community residents, teens, foundation representatives, local creative leaders, Village staff, and Village Board of Directors. This process is crucial in setting the the groundwork for Spacemaking, wherein community residents, artists,
and numerous neighborhood stakeholders collaborate  in 
designing, implementing and sustaining healthy, culturally enriched, and art-inspired community spaces.
THE ARTISTS

PROJECT: VILLAGE TRANSMISSIONS
ARTIST: KING BRITT

JUNE - OCTOBER 2014

Village Transmissions will create a community-based record label and radio show aimed at amplifying the voices and sounds of North Philadelphia. The radio show will be recorded live in a storefront on Germantown Business Corridor.

King Britt is a Philly-based, international producer, composer, performer and curator of electronic music. As a producer/composer, he fuses his knowledge of music history from many cultures and genres with electronic compositions, which redefine and  re-contextualizes the past into the present.  This is best shown in his work for Preservation Hall’s release King Britt presents Sister Gertrude Morgan, which combined, the gospel evangelist’s vocal recordings from 1970 with contemporary composition.  This recording went on to penetrate the pop culture divide, by appearing in Michael Mann’s Miami Vice and  HBO’s True Blood tv show, who’s soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy.  It was this and many other projects from his vast catalog that helped him receive the Pew Fellowship for Composition in 2007.
+ more about King Britt here

PROJECT: ARTS BASED COMMUNITY CAFE
ARTIST COLLECTIVE: AMBER ART + DESIGN
JUNE - OCTOBER 2014

The Community Cafe focuses on creating healthy neighborhood change, using the artistic process to (1) revision culturally and geographically relevant cuisine using locally sourced food (2) create a communal eating venue where civic engagement serves as an alternative currency (3) encourage the reuse or upcycling of discarded materials into usable or sculptural  objects in the eating venue

Amber Art + Design is a Philadelphia-based collective of five artists, educators, and activists that have worked in the public art sphere for 10 years within communities that possess few resources and have little or no access to arts engagement. Charles Barbin, Ernel Martinez, Keir Johnston, Linda Fernandez, and Willis Humphrey formed the collective as a platform for using social art practice within communities to encourage meaningful and sustainable change. Amber's diverse portfolio demonstrates their collaborative approach to public art through projects that engage elderly individuals, college students, elementary and high school students, and community groups in the design, planning and implementation of community based art initiatives. Amber is committed to a hands-on artistic approach that investigates and demonstrates synergies between visual art, poetry, dance, performance, health, and ecology.
+ Amber Art on FB

PROJECT: PEOPLE'S LIBRARY & PAPER COLLECTIVE
ARTISTS: MARK STRANDQUIST AND COURTNEY BOWLES
AUGUST - DECEMBER 2014

The People's Library and Paper Collective will work with a multitude of individuals and community partners to start a People’s Library storefront on the Germantown Business Corridor that will serve as (1) a command center for expungement workshops, legal clinics and other interventions that engage collectively with the causes, effects, and alternatives to social  justice issues in North Philadelphia; and (2) a start-up creative business and workforce- development program where re-entry adults and youth create hand-made fine papers and books from discarded paper-based material, author community histories, host open-mic spoken word and poetry readings, and lead weekly writing clubs that encourage dialogue with incarcerated friends and family. 

Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles are artists, educators, and community organizers from Richmond, VA. They founded the People’s Library in February of 2013 which has brought hundreds individuals together to transform discarded materials into blank books for anyone in the city to fill with their histories and be included in the Richmond library’s permanent collection. The project has grown to include a teen mentorship program, additional branches across the country, and other iterations that utilize similar social and creative transformative processes.  In January of 2014, The People’s Library was featured in the exhibit “Social Paper” at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College, which showcased international projects that utilize paper making as a vehicle for community engagement. 

Mark’s ongoing project, Windows From Prison, which brings communities together to create images requested by prisoners, has been exhibited in galleries, converted into high school curricula, turned into a national mail-exchange program, and has been produced through various public installations.  He was awarded the 2014 Society for Photographic Educators' Image Maker Award, a Photowings/Ashoka Foundation Changemaker Award, and a 2014 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship.

Courtney’s work and research focuses on the minutia, the discarded, and material culture in an effort to understand how the past has influenced our present.  In addition to writing and presenting at a multitude of conferences, she has co-produced two films, The Builder and New Jerusalem, and released 4 albums on Jagjaguwar with the band Spokane.
+ more about Mark and Courtney

OVERVIEW
One part arts practice, one part social activism, SPACES is a rare opportunity to explore artmaking, relationship building, and emergent strategies within the context of a community-based artist residency. Through this residency, youth and families in North Central Philadelphia collaborate with resident artists to discover how the process of sharing creativity, and engaging in meaningful exchanges of information within a community, can nurture the creation of SPACE—space to create, to dream, to build, and to transform physical landscapes. 

SPACES is the ONLY residency in Philadelphia where artists live and work on site, in the spirit of community engagement. 

More info and  application materials >


RESIDENCY AWARD
• One, $10,000 stipend per artist or artist collective.
• Free housing and studio space.
• Access to The Village’s arts facilities, including program buildings, art parks and urban farm.
• Curated, publicized and facilitated speaking engagements, exhibitions, or workshops at Philadelphia-based arts, culture and educational venues.
• Printed and online publication (one part catalog, one part reflection from artists about their experience, one part curriculum guides from artist and directors).
• Assistance gaining access/use of building and/or lots in The Village Heart or adjacent Germantown-Lehigh commercial corridor. 
• Creative and resource-based support from The Village’s network of artists, community activists, organizers, and enthusiasts. 
• Integration with The Village — access to our formalized youth arts, culture, and environmental programs.

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