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10/13/18 - 10/15/18 | Philadelphia | PA
10/15/18 - 10/18/18 | Philadelphia | PA
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Tours + Events

Afternoon Tours + Workshops: [ Wednesday 10/17 ]   [ Thursday 10/18 ]

Evening Events: [ Monday 10/15 ]   [ Tuesday 10/16 - Thursday 10/18 ]

Afternoon Conference Tours + Workshops

During the conference, explore Philadelphia's neighborhoods, art centers and studios! Space is limited on many tours - sign up during registration to reserve your spot. Transportation will be provided for tours that are not within walking distance. One tour on Wednesday 10/17 and one tour on Thursday 10/18 are included in your registration.

FWM The Fabric Workshop and Museum | 3pm - 5:30pm

Spark your senses with a visit to Philadelphia's historic Reading Terminal Market, then head over to The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum. FWM has collaborated with some of the most innovative and renowned artists of the past four decades to stretch their practices by creating work in fiber, new materials and new media. Tour Poorly Watched Girls - a solo exhibition by artist in residence Suzanne Bocanegra – and visit FWM's professional studios and hear about the research, construction and fabrication that occur there. Cap off the tour by screenprinting your own custom tote bag inspired by the exhibition.


SPACES The Village of Arts and Humanities | 3pm - 5:30pm

Spend an afternoon at the historic Village of Arts and Humanities, a 30-year-old community arts initiative built from the vision of choreographer Arthur Hall and artist Lily Yeh. Learn about the program's deep roots in community art programming and SPACES' evolving artist in residence program, which centers neighborhood expertise and ideas. Tour the Village's nine colorful art parks and kaleidoscopic collection of painted and tile mosaic murals; visit a working permaculture farm and creatively restored artist row homes; and check out the People's Paper Co-op, an arts advocacy training program for and by women in re-entry.


Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education | 3pm - 5:30pm

Founded in 1965, the Schuylkill Center is one of the first environmental education centers in a major American city, encompassing 340 acres of fields, forests, ponds, and streams and four miles of trails. The Schuylkill Center works across the four core program areas of environmental education, land stewardship, wildlife rehabilitation and environmental art. Discover the Center's innovative LandLab residency program - providing artists resources and space to engage audiences in ecological stewardship through scientific investigation and artistic creation. Center naturalists will lead participants on a walk of the varied trails. Along the way, discover temporary and permanent environmental art works embedded in the landscape, including Stacy Levy's Rain Yard and new installations by the 2017-18 LandLab resident artists.

Accessibility note: The Visitor Center building is accessible. One trail (.25 miles) is paved but uneven.

Slought Slought + ICA | 3pm - 5:30pm

Discover Slought, a hub for public programming and dialogue about cultural and socio-political change in Philadelphia, the world, and the cloud. For over fifteen years, Slought has created a platform for artists and institutions to ignite projects that encourage inclusiveness, advocacy and knowledge sharing. Hear from Director Aaron Levy about the evolution of the program's truly interdisciplinary approach and some of the surprising projects that have been realized through this model. Next, head over to Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania for a tour with curators. Enjoy a solo exhibition of film, video, and sculpture by filmmaker and artist Cauleen Smith, as well as the first major retrospective of pioneering artist Ree Morton.

Mascher Mascher Space Cooperative + <fidget> | 3pm - 5:30pm

Visit Mascher Space Cooperative, an artist-run space providing an affordable and versatile setting for the development of new dance in Philadelphia. The Mascher community is bound not by aesthetics, but a common commitment to working cooperatively and nurturing the development of all its members at various stages in their careers, lines of research, and explorations. Next, visit <fidget>, a platform for the experimental, ensemble-derived performance works of collaborators Megan Bridge and Peter Price and join a short, all-levels movement workshop designed to connect participants to their bodies' un-accessed intelligence and shake off the tyranny of our digital devices"\.

RAIR RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency Program) + Tacony LAB Community Arts Center | 3pm - 5:30pm

Situated within the Revolution Recovery waste recycling facility, the Recycled Artist in Residency Program (RAIR) is a unique residency at the intersection of art and industry. Join RAIR for an immersive tour of the bustling "tipping yard" and adjoining artist studios.  Hear how artists in residence have realized impressive visions using only recycled waste materials from construction, demolition and manufacturing industries. Next, head to Mural Arts Philadelphia's Tacony LAB Community Arts Center – one of four Mural Arts Philadelphia storefront art hubs. Tacony LAB Community Arts Center brings the neighborhood and the arts together through workshops and artist in residency programming in lower Northeast Philadelphia. Visit Philadelphia's only outdoor fresco, by 2016 LAB resident Mariel Capanna, and Grindstone Devotional, a soundwalk created by 2017 LAB resident, Michael Kiley.



Eastern State Penitentiary | 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world. Today it has been transformed into an active public space charged with interpreting the legacy of American criminal justice reform from the nation's founding to the present day. Spend the afternoon touring and engaging with the site and hear how the organization is developing innovative preservation, interpretation and public programs to deepen the national conversation about criminal justice. Meet with artists behind several of the site-specific artist installations, part of the 100+ commissioned projects completed since 1995. 

AAI  Asian Arts Initiative - Neighborhood Tour | 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Come join Asian Arts Initiative for a tour of their ongoing work in a rapidly changing Callowhill/Chinatown North neighborhood. Tours will start at the Pearl Street Project, transforming the Pearl Street alley into a more vibrant cultural space. Also visit an urban farm at a facility serving people experiencing homelessness by artists Meei-Ling Ng which resulted from the Social Practice Lab artist-residency. And consider important markers of change like the Rail Park, Eastern Tower and other sites, through the arts and culture and equitable development lenses of the People: Power: Place cultural planning process.


Vox Populi + space 1026 | 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Visit two of Philadelphia's leading artist collectives as part of an afternoon walking tour! Founded in 1988, Vox Populi is a contemporary art space and artist collective that works to support the challenging and experimental work of under-represented artists. With a focus on collaboration and shared resources, Vox Populi plays a unique role in the cultural life of Philadelphia - providing a supportive environment in which artists can take risks and gain valuable professional experience. Just up the road space 1026 adheres to the philosophy of "Do It Yourself With Other People" as an art gallery, artist collective and community screen printing shop. Initially founded by less than 10 members in 1997, space 1026 has engaged hundreds of artists over the last 20 years and hosted art shows from London to San Francisco to San Juan.


The Colored Girls Museum | 2:30pm - 4:30pm

The Colored Girls Museum (TCGM) is the first museum of its kind in the world. Housed in an 1890 Victorian in historic Germantown, TCGM is a memoir museum honoring the stories, experiences and history of the ordinary/extraordinary Colored Girl. Participate in a guided tour of the museum and meet artists and curators who have created spaces with art and artifacts. This multidisciplinary event is a collaborative experience between visitors and TCGM. "The Colored Girls Museum is a sanctuary not for Colored Girls Only, but for anyone who is ready for a conscious revolution." – Vashti DuBois, Founder and Executive Director.


Evening Events

These vibrant gatherings are a staple of the conference. Open to all attendees!

Polly Apfelbaum installation at Tyler, Temple Contemporary

Welcome to Philadelphia! | 6pm - 8pm
Tyler School of Art, Temple University | 2001 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Help us kick off the 2018 Conference in style! Connect with old friends and make new ones during the festive opening reception at one of the sharpest art schools in Philadelphia. Plus catch current works by Edgar Heap of Birds, Chloë Bass, Color Condition, and Sonya Clark.

Free for registered attendees! Beer/wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Polly Apfelbaum installation at Tyler, Temple Contemporary

Image credit: Danielle Gatto

Four Minute Booth | 6pm - 8pm
Tyler School of Art, Temple University | 2001 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Take a step into a closer connection! The Four Minute Booth is an interactive installation designed for two strangers at a time to silently gaze at one another for four uninterrupted minutes. Studies have shown that this process of “mutual gaze” can result in a release of oxytocin which produces many positive effects, such as increased feelings of trust and empathy and decreased feelings of stress and fear. The Four Minute Booth’s mission is to facilitate multiple micro-connections between strangers and engage people in intimate social interactions.

Give it a whirl during the opening night party!

Experience even more of Philadelphia's incredible offerings by joining up with your colleagues before dinner at these optional, informal gatherings at arts venues + bars within a mile of the hotel.


The Clay Studio inspires curiosity and discovery around the art and craft of clay, drawing together students, artists, and an engaged public into a welcoming community. Founded in 1974, The Clay Studio continues in the belief that shared creativity, so fundamental to humanity, is a critical force for good.
6pm - 7pm | 137-139 North Second Street, Philadelphia, PA

La Peg is a lofty American brasserie set in a converted historic pump house (now FringeArts - Philadelphia's home for contemporary performance), with a huge patio.
7pm - 9pm | 140 North Columbus Blvd. (at Race Street), Philadelphia, PA



Space 1026 adheres to the philosophy of “Do It Yourself With Other People” as an art gallery, artist collective and community screen printing shop. Initially founded by less than 10 members in 1997, Space 1026 has engaged hundreds of artists over the last 20 years and hosted art shows from London to San Francisco to San Juan.
7pm - 8.30pm | 1026 Arch Street 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA

Tiki Philly is located in the Midtown Village of Philadelphia along one of the city’s busiest corridors with charming vibes and visitors from all parts of town. Laid-back and comfortable, the bar offers drinks and light-snacks in a flamboyant setting that might serve as stimulating conversation-starters.
7pm - 9pm | 102 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA


Bank & Bourbon features an innovative barrel-aging program for house aged liquors and creative cocktails under the guidance of our experienced Bourbon Masters, and an inherently American menu by Chef Joe Thomas that offers creative, seasonal interpretations of classic dishes - all in a comfortable, relaxed setting.
5.30pm - 7.30pm | Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA

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