ART IS ESSENTIAL: Philly Artists Connecting Communities – Deadline Extended

ART IS ESSENTIAL: Philly Artists Connecting Communities – Deadline Extended

This Deadline Expired: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

ART IS ESSENTIAL is a first of its kind, multi-phased program designed to create high-quality, artist-driven and community-informed public art. Artists from across Philadelphia will reimagine how we engage with each other and our communities.

The program is looking for ideas responding to the question ‘What does engagement mean today?’  

Artists interested in re-imagining community-based public art in Philadelphia are encouraged to apply. This first phase will be giving awards to 100 artists of $1000 each for ideas. Ideas can be expressed in any medium from artists at any experience level. 

Full details and how to apply are on ArtIsEssentialPHL.com. Submissions are now being accepted during the program’s first phase for Philadelphia-based artists at any experience level, working in any medium. The requirement is that applicants address the central question of ‘What does engagement mean today?’

A review committee of diverse arts professionals will select 100 exemplary proposals to receive awards of $1,000 each. Later phases will utilize the remainder of program funding to further develop and implement community-centered concepts from the 100 selected proposals.

The deadline to apply is October 7th, 2020.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. They invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Their goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which they believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

About PHDC
PHDC is Philadelphia’s full-service community development organization. Its work includes home repair programs, rental assistance, reactivating public land, and financing affordable housing with the goal of building equitable communities. Each PHDC initiative supports amenities that make Philadelphia neighborhoods great places to live.

Learn more here.

Laura Demme
Melissa Maddonni Haims

Melissa Maddonni Haims is a sculptor based in Philadelphia that uses various fibers to create knit graffiti, soft sculpture,…

Melissa Maddonni Haims is a sculptor based in Philadelphia that uses various fibers to create knit graffiti, soft sculpture, and large-scale installations. She also sews quilts using vintage fabrics and…

Melissa Maddonni Haims is a sculptor based in Philadelphia that uses various fibers to create knit graffiti, soft sculpture, and large-scale installations. She also sews quilts using vintage fabrics and subversive text.…

Summer J. Hart

Influenced by folklore, superstition, divination, & forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, I create immersive installations…

Influenced by folklore, superstition, divination, & forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, I create immersive installations out of hand-cut Tyvek—a nonwoven material most familiar as an insulating…

Influenced by folklore, superstition, divination, & forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, I create immersive installations out of hand-cut Tyvek—a nonwoven material most familiar as an insulating wrap used in the construction…

Enzhao Liu

Enzhao Liu is an artist from Dalian, China, now working in Philadelphia, PA. Liu’s paintings present a natural world transformed…

Enzhao Liu is an artist from Dalian, China, now working in Philadelphia, PA. Liu’s paintings present a natural world transformed by artifice and the touch of a human hand. The work invites us on a journey…

Enzhao Liu is an artist from Dalian, China, now working in Philadelphia, PA. Liu’s paintings present a natural world transformed by artifice and the touch of a human hand. The work invites us on a journey of the imagination…

Emily Selvin
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