The Regional Community Arts Program allows The Center For Emerging Visual Artists
to assist artists across a wide spectrum of interests and backgrounds. The program
seeks to increase interest in emerging visual art, access to emerging visual art
and access to information about building skills and careers in the visual arts.
The Center’s Direct Dialogue series addresses the need for continuing education
for visual artists by connecting those who have information with those who need
information. Since its inception in 1988, the series has proven to be a great asset
to the local arts community. Topics of these interactive discussions have included
writing grant proposals, negotiating with galleries, and dealing with legal issues
in the arts. Direct Dialogue presentations are open to the public.
Visiting Curator Program/ Exhibitions
The Center for Emerging Visual Artists' Visiting Curator Program, now in its fourth
year, allows an aspiring curator the opportunity to bring a fresh perspective on
art to the viewing public. The Program helps develop the careers of emerging curators
in Philadelphia, while demonstrating that being a curator is a viable career option
for some artists.
The Center for Emerging Visual Artists' Hand-in-Hand program, now entering its 11th
year, seeks to increase interest in the visual arts among children in Philadelphia’s
shelters. Each year, The Center's current and alumni artists share their time, knowledge
and love of art with children in shelters such as Project Rainbow, Mercy Hospice
and the Peoples’ Emergency Center. In addition to providing an essential creative
outlet for the children, Hand-in-Hand classes provide artists with valuable opportunities
to earn stipends, develop their teaching credentials and engage meaningfully in
the lives of the region’s children. In 2005, The Center will expand the Program:
art classes will be offered to both children and adults in a variety of community-based
sites throughout Philadelphia.
Artists Resource Center
In The Center’s centrally located office, our Resource Center is open to any emerging
visual artist in the region. Artists can find information about exhibitions, grants,
residencies and other opportunities that will help them find work and support themselves.
The Center’s unique collection of over 100 videotaped lectures from the Direct Dialogue
series is available for viewing, a computer workstation is available for use, and
books on career issues and trends in contemporary art are available on loan.
POST - Philadelphia Open Studio Tours
This annual event, a city-wide celebration of art now, invites the public to meet
professional visual artists in their workspaces, view and purchase artwork, and
introduce children and families to art in a welcoming environment. POST is one of
the rare occasions when the audience is allowed behind the scenes to view art in
the making – and at no cost. Visitors to artists’ studios will view a diverse body
of artwork, including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, furniture,
installation, jewelry, ceramics, glass and fiber arts. Two consecutive weekends
in October, artists will open their studios to the public in over twenty Philadelphia
neighborhoods. For more information, please visit the