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Conflict Kitchen (www.ConflictKitchen.org) is an art and education project that serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration is augmented by events, performances, publications, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus region. While a restaurant from 2010 – 2017, Conflict Kitchen rotated identities in relation to current geopolitical events.
Each iteration introduced customers to the food, culture, and politics of the country of focus. All experiences and opinions that are presented in publications and programming were informed by the personal perspectives and history of the country’s citizens. These diverse perspectives reflect a nuanced range of thought and served to instigate questioning, conversation, and debate with our customers and the public at large.
Dawn Weleski is interested in how U.S. foreign and domestic policy has been built upon a foundation of slavery and genocide. She addresses these conflicts throughout her work.
Don’t miss this chance to hear her talk about Conflict Kitchen and the exploratory work that she and her creative partner, Jon Rubin are doing as recipients of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship.
Come and learn more. Bring a friend!
Thursday, February 15th at 5pm
at Crispus Attucks
407 Howard Avenue, 404 S. Duke Street
PACE (Public Art Civic Engagement) is our newest artist opportunity.
We seek to engage residents of Southeast Lancaster City by asking, “What locations would you like to see improved with art?” and “What are some things in your neighborhood that you feel represent your culture or help to define home to you?” The artist will gather this data through community meetings and outreach programming. The artist will facilitate community art making while encouraging and educating about ways to create their own projects. PACE 2018 will culminate at the annual San Juan Bautista Hispanic Festival where we will share the research and encourage residents to apply to create temporary art in those sites through our TAP program or sign-up to join selection committees for future projects.
Learn more here.
Interested in learning what the PACE stuff is all about? Come by to learn a bit about the projects and ask questions.
February 8, 2018 | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster
Artists and musicians should have a basic understanding of copyright laws, defenses to infringement allegations, and how to apply those laws when creating art. Attorney Peter Kraybill will cover those basics, and walk through a hypothetical of what typically happens when an artist or musician has received a cease-and-desist letter containing allegations of copyright infringement. Gain guidance to protect against such accusations when creating art, or mitigate harm after an alleged copyright infringement. Learn when to contact an attorney, and what information an attorney will consider significant in determining an artist’s defense — or ability to avoid a lawsuit entirely.
This seminar is open to the public. Advance registration through Millersville University is required. To register, contact Marci Nelligan at 717.871.4207 or email@example.com.
Lancaster Public Art seeks to engage residents of Southeast Lancaster City by asking, “What locations would you like to see improved with art?” and “What are some things in your neighborhood that you feel represent your culture or help to define home to you?” The artist will gather this data through community meetings and outreach programming. The artist will facilitate community art making while encouraging and educating about ways to create their own projects. PACE 2018 will culminate at the annual San Juan Bautista Hispanic Festival where we will share the research and encourage residents to apply to create temporary art in those sites through our TAP program or sign-up to join selection committees for future projects.
Jan. 20th, 2018 Call Issued
March 2nd, 4pm EST Deadline for Submissions
March 9th Finalists Selected. Applicants Notified
March 19th – 23th Interviews
March 28th Artist Selected.
April - July Community Engagement / Design Phase
July 25th-28th San Juan Bautista Hispanic Festival
BUDGET - $3,000
Covers all associated costs of the project, including but not limited to design, fabrication, materials, labor, transportation and installation.
This Public Art commission is open to all professional artists, or a team thereof, capable of collaborating with members of the community. Applicants must be 18 years or older.
Nondiscrimination Clause: The City of Lancaster, PA and the PAAB will select artists without regard to race, color, religious creed, handicap, ancestry, national origin, age or sex.
Qualifications will be judged on creativity, artistic merit, conceptual innovation, design, and compatibility with the PACE project. Submissions from those currently or previously living and/or working in Southeast Lancaster are preferred but not required. Applicants must demonstrate:
- A developed and consistent body of work regarding showing competency with similar or applicable projects;
- Artistic merit as evidenced by visual documentation;
- An understanding of diverse cultures within an urban setting;
- Ability to hold community conversations.
- Deep understanding of the Southeast is preferred but not required.
- A letter of interest: The letter should state the artist’s interest in the project, an introduction of themselves and their work, their approach to public art, relevant experience and project understanding.
- References: Minimum of three.
- A maximum of twenty (20) files: digital images, video and audio files are all acceptable with a corresponding materials list.
- Annotated support materials list: The list will support the visual materials list and can include: description, budget, materials, location, client or commissioning organization, and any other relevant project information.
March 2nd, 2018 received by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone. Late applications will not be reviewed. Artists will be notified upon receipt of their qualifications being submitted and again once the finalists have been selected on March 9th, 2018.
The five-member selection panel includes artists, professionals, and community members. The Public Art Manager serves as a non-voting advisor to the committee.
- Submissions that arrive on or before the due date and meet all the application requirements, as judged solely by the Project Planning Committee, will be reviewed.
- Three finalists will be selected and invited to interview.
- Artists interviewed.
- Artist is selected
If you have questions, please email Joanna Davis, Public Art Manager, Lancaster Public Art at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (717) 291-4829
Lancaster is a welcoming city proud of our diversity, so Lancaster Public Art was pleased to work with Emerson Collective, Church World Service, League of Women Voters, Lancaster Stands Up, Latinx Lancaster and Invisible Americans to create Inside Out Dreamers, a temporary art installation at 101 North Queen Street. The Inside Out Dreamers website explains,
“The project takes part in Inside Out, a global participatory art project initiated by the award-winning artist JR to pay tribute to the power and dignity of individuals by displaying their portraits in public spaces around the world. People share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.
Beyond any political debate about dreamers, these portraits remind us that behind the policies are real human stories that are deeply rooted in the story of this country. Inside Out/Dreamers aims to represent the diversity and unity of people that can call America home. This nationwide participatory art initiative creates a portrait of America that includes immigrants and the descendants of immigrants alike.”
The mural is made of paper and water soluble paste. It is expected to stay on the building for a couple of weeks depending on precipitation. If we get a lot of wet weather it may come down sooner. So get downtown and check it out while you can!
Thank you to Zamagias Properties for the temporary use of their building for this City project.
"Participatory public art initiatives, such as community-based public art projects, provide communities with the means to positively impact their environment and develop a sense of pride and ownership over their parks, streets, and public institutions. Here, the artist serves as a collaborator, interpreter, visionary, teacher, mentor, and liaison between client and community."
The City Hall Gallery is proud to present Miguelina Seijo's "Lancaster Street Style" featuring Lancaster residents and their impeccable sense of fashion. Seijo, not only captures the creativity and boldness of Lancaster residents, she also incorporates the creative and fun colored homes of the city. She is a Pennslyvania-based Brooklyn native artist who has photographed events in New York City and Philadelphia under the name "La Seijo shot me". Her work will be on display in Lancaster City Hall Gallery from now until January 30. Come see the vibrant and colorful pictures while they're here.
Inside Out Dreamers will be creating a temporary mural in Lancaster. We need residents of Lancaster to come out and show their support in solidarity with Dreamers!
Emerson Collective is partnering with Inside Out/Dreamers on a project to give communities a voice to show their support for Dreamers after the administration's decision to rescind DACA.
"Beyond any political debate about dreamers, these portraits remind us that behind the policies are real human stories that are deeply rooted in the story of this country. Inside Out/ Dreamers aims to represent the diversity and unity of people that can call America home. It is a nationwide participatory art initiative aimed at creating a portrait of America that includes immigrants and the descendants of immigrants alike."
The project of Inside Out began with award-winning artist JR who pays tribute to the power of individual people by posting their portraits around the world. Join us this Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 101 N Queen St!
Farnum Park will be renovated soon and Lancaster Public Art wants to integrate art into the landscape. The artist will be part of the design team and work to incorporate art into the stormwater management as well as to develop areas for interactive play of the landscape. The artist will work directly with the neighbors surrounding the park to engage them and ensure that their voices are heard throughout the process.
deadline: January 5, 2018 / 4pm EST
If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Lancaster Public Art manager, Joanna Davis Seedorf by email at email@example.com or phone (717) 291-4829.
1. It doesn’t have to look like public art.
Thee days of bronze heroes and roundabout baubles are
numbered. Public art can take any form or mode of encounter.
Be prepared to be surprised, delighted, even unnerved.
2. It’s not forever.
Artists are shaking up the life expectancy of public artworks.
Places don’t remain still and unchanged, so why should public
3. Don’t make it for a community. Create a community.
Be wary of predefining an audience. As Brian Eno once said,
“sometimes the strongest single importance of a work of art is
the celebration of some kind of temporary community.”
4.Create space for the unplanned.
Commissioning public art is not a simple design-and-build
process. Artworks arrive through a series of accidents, failures
and experiments and open up the potential for unforeseen
things to happen.
5. Withdraw from the cultural arms race.
Towns and cities across the world are locked into a
one-size-fits-all style of public art. In a culture of globalized
brands and clone towns, we hanker after authentic, distinctive
places. If we are place-making, then let’s make unusual places.
6. Demand more than fireworks.
Believe in the quiet, unexpected encounter as much as the
magic of the mass spectacle. It’s often in the silence of a
solitary moment, rather than the exhilaration of whizzes and
bangs, that transformation occurs.
7. Don’t embellish. Interrupt.
We need smart urban design, uplifting street lighting and
landmark buildings, but public art can do so much more than
decorate. Interruptions to our surroundings or everyday
activities can open our eyes to new possibilities.
8. Share ownership freely, but authorship wisely.
Public art is of the people and made with the people, but not
always by the people. Artists are skilled creative thinkers as
well as makers, trust their judgment, follow their lead and
invest in their process.
9. Welcome outsiders.
Outsiders challenge our assumptions about what we believe to
be true of a place. Embrace the opportunity to see through an
10. Don’t waste time on definitions.
Is it sculpture? Is it visual art? Is it performance? Who cares.
There are more important questions to ask. Does it move you?
Does it shake up your perceptions of the world around you, or
your backyard? Does it make you curious to see more?
11. Suspend your disbelief.
Art gives us the chance to imagine alternative ways of living,
to disappear down rabbit holes, to live for a moment in a
different world. Local specifics might have been the stepping
off point – but public art is not a history lesson. Be prepared
that it might not always tell the truth.
12. Get lost.
Public art is neither a destination nor a way-finder. Artists
encourage us to follow them down unexpected paths as a
work unfolds. Surrender the guidebook, get off the art trail
and step into unfamiliar territory.
We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts is honoring Pepón Osorio at the Governor's Awards for the Arts tonight. He is a a Latinx artist who works in a uniquely emphatic way towards social progress. Our little city has bee pulling out all the stops this past weeks to celebrate the awards being held here. Tickets are free. 7pm at the Marriott Convention Center in Penn Square. FB event page here.
Young middle school students from south-east Lancaster will be exploring the city like never before this upcoming October 25th. The tour, Public Art Walk, Be Public Art! will provide students with more knowledge and insight into the public art surrounding the community. In line with Lancaster Public Art's mission for community engagement, the tour will be conducted by older students who will provide information about the art alongside facilitating discussions about the work. Notable stops along the tour include the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Ewell Gantz Mural, and some more! The goal is for students to take ownership of the public art in the community and hopefully foster a love of art in some if not all of the students.
The tour will run Wednesday, October 25th starting at 5:30 and will be approximately an hour and a half. The journey begins and ends at the Lancaster City Visitor Center. Bring a red shirt and join us on our excursion around the city!
From October 6 to November 28th Hohenadel’s latest work will be on display at the City Hall gallery. Hohenadel says the works are, “aimed to provoke the imagination, portray beauty, or encourage kindness to ourselves and others.” This can certainly be felt by looking at the whimsical animals and the inside look she gives of what lies beneath the surface of the soil. Hohenadel is not only a local artist here in Lancaster City; she is also a full-time high school art teacher working in the Warwick School district for 10 years. Lancaster Public Art is proud to have her work on display because her black and white paintings bring a liveliness to the City Hall gallery.
200 artists, 200 (10"x10") birch panels, no theme. One needs no experience or education in the arts to have submitted a panel to be included in Untitled Lancaster, an art show opening this Friday at Levengoods of Lancaster, and there is no curator to determine if the art should be hung. As a result, the show puts all of the work on equal ground. A novice painter might have work next to a renowned local artist.
Born from the success of Sunshine Art+Design’s original Untitled Lancaster show in 2015, organizer, Annie Kerekgyarto wanted to bring the city together again in celebration of the upcoming Governor’s Awards for the Arts. Kerekgyarto explained: “Sunshine Art+Design was created with the goal of providing opportunities for the surplus of artists in our community to share their talent, and in the process of sharing their talent, to have the opportunity to grow and learn as an artist through the experience and interaction with others in the community. During my journey as creator and curator of the gallery (2014-2016) there was only one show that achieved all of those goals. Untitled Lancaster, with its inclusivity, and appeal to experts, amateurs, students and children, truly gives our art community the opportunity to connect with each other, to learn from each other and to feel the joy of creating without any constraints or pressures. I am so thankful and excited that Lane Levengood, of Levengoods of Lancaster (now located in Sunshine Art+Design's former space) was willing to host Untitled Lancaster. It’s a dream come true to be able to bring our art community together, and raise funds for future Lancaster Public Art Projects at the same time.”
A portion of sales will go to Lancaster Public Art, a program of the City of Lancaster, that commissions public art projects with a focus on equality, livability and excellence. By creating meaningful collaborations that magnify Lancaster’s distinct sense of place through public artworks and engaged communities it is yet another path to highlighting the best our city has to offer. Public Art Manager, Joanna Davis Seedorf, explains, “Not enough city residents and stakeholders know about the public art program. It is focused on building a thriving community with individual and collective creative projects. We have a really exciting ten-year plan to work from that lays out five focus areas to help our neighborhoods thrive, not only through beautification, but also with creating viable pathways for communication and collaboration between neighborhoods, community organizations and the City. Art has a wonderful ability to approach social change and foster community problem solving that can expand policy and activism. It can allow people to think outside the box and breakdown social constraints.”
Lancaster Public Art is part of the City of Lancaster but has no budget of its own. Projects are funded on a case by case basis - through partnerships, grants and donations. Funds collected from Untitled Lancaster will go towards the Temporary Art Program (TAP), a new initiative from Lancaster Public Art that will assist local artists in making public art on city-owned property. The TAP program will assist them through the process to see their work through completion including identified potential community partners and funding sources as well as getting the right permits needed to insure that it will not be taken down by the city. “We want to empower the amazing creative talent that we have in Lancaster. This program will build local artist’s professionalism, give them important work for their resumes and help them get used to working through applications that can feel like red tape, but are necessary for an arts professional.”
Untitled Lancaster opens on First Friday, October 6th and will run through October 28th at Levengoods of Lancaster, 104 West King Street, Lancaster. There will be a special Governor’s Arts Awards happy hour at Levengoods on October 26th from 4-6pm before the awards ceremony.
Lancaster City’s Office of Public Art is pleased to present a special project and community walk event on Sunday August 6. Let the Record Show is a collaborative public art project by Matt Allyn Chapman, visual artist, and Caitlin Downs and Matthew Kabik, both writers. Let the Record Show (LTRS) is a direct response to The Lancaster Sound Map (LSM), a multi-faceted project revealing the diverse character of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Created by artist Stuart Hyatt, the LSM is intended to be a growing platform of free-use content, from which many creative projects may arise.
Using Hyatt’s project as a point of departure, LTRS brings together visual art, the written word, and audio documentation. Chapman has made a series of nine drawings based on walks that he, Kabik,and Downs took, embarking from nine locations in Lancaster County. Each walk was tracked and recorded using GPS, as if the hikers were the drawing tool and the landscape was their paper. The resulting “walk line” was then incorporated into each of Chapman’s nine pieces. Downs and Kabik have each written short stories and poems, which will accompany the drawings.
These drawings and writings will be printed and distributed to friends and collectors who are supporting the project. Additional portfolios will be available for purchase. The prints and stories will also be displayed in the Public Art Display Cases at the Lancaster Train Station. The exhibit was installed on July 18 and continue thru Jan 18, 2018.
To both celebrate the project, and share it with our Lancaster community, the artists have planned a special interactive event for Sunday August 6th. This Community Walk is free and open to the public. RSVP requested via Facebook Event page or by calling the Office of Public Art at 717-291-4829.
LET THE RECORD SHOW: A Response to the Lancaster Sound Map, along with Lancaster Public Art invite you to a free event full of inspiration and wonder. Please join visual artist Matt Allyn Chapman and writers Caitlin Downs & Matthew Kabik as they lead you on a guided walk through a portion of Lancaster City to our destination of Lancaster County Central Park. Once in the park they will be hosting two workshops meant to spark your creativity. Matt Chapman will be demonstrating how he creates exciting artworks inspired by items and observations he discovers while walking. Caitlin Downs and Matthew Kabik will also be demonstrating how these same inspirations can be used to create thoughtful writings, such as short stories and poems.
SUNDAY AUGUST 6, 1pm-5pm
MEETING LOCATION: Ewell Gantz Park, next to the Mix at Arbor Place, 520 North St, Lancaster, PA 17602
Approximately a 20 minute walk to the workshop site in Lancaster County Central Park.
WHAT TO BRING: While on our walk you may want to have a small notebook for sketching or writing down of ideas.
- A selection of pens, pencils, or markers to use while on the walk (materials for the workshops will be provided)
- A small bag for collection of items you find interesting or inspirational.
- Bottled water or a drink during the walk
CLOTHING: Participants will want to wear clothing that will be comfortable and will protect them from the outdoor conditions, suggested items may include hats, sunscreen, a lightweight jacket, or a poncho. Appropriate shoes for walking are encouraged. The event will be rain or shine so please plan accordingly.
WHAT TO GAIN: This event is designed to excite and educate participants on the importance of observation, as well as highlight the variety of interesting possible walking destinations within Lancaster City. The Workshops also provide an opportunity to take your observational skills further by creating a piece of artwork or create a story that is entirely your own! These Workshops will also serve as a starting point in which to grow these skills on your own and help take your ideas to new and wonderful places!
Lancaster Public Art is pleased to announce that two new projects will be created in response to the Lancaster Sound Map (LSM.) Thanks to funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, we are working with two teams of local artists to continue the exploration of identity in Lancaster, begun by artist, Stuart Hyatt, in 2014.
Lancaster Sound Map (LSM) is a multi-faceted project revealing the diverse character of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Visiting eight times over the course of a year, artist Stuart Hyatt walked through the city and county recording sounds, meeting people and taking photographs. His field recordings were placed on a simple interactive web-based map and gallery.
Hyatt collaborated with FIELD WORKS—a collective that explores place through recorded sound—to compose original music based on LSM. The album, Born in the Ear, unravels in an epic walk, unearthing diverse stories, revealing a deeper sense of place, overlapping patterns of rural and urban, past and future.
Hyatt sought out and collaborated with many local artists: illustrator, author, middle-school-aged spoken word poets, community chorus, percussion group, director. Enriching not only the project, but also our creative community.
LSM is intended to be a growing platform of free-use content, from which many creative projects may arise.
Through a request for proposals (RFP) and juried selection process, two concepts were chosen. Following are brief project descriptions and links to learn more about the artists. The results of both of these projects will be displayed publicly this summer. Stay tuned for more details!
- The Mix at Arbor Place and Modern Art will work together to offer local youth the opportunity to create public art pieces that instigate cross-community conversation. This project embraces a desire to help students translate day-to-day experiences, such as eavesdropping or a loud muffles car backfire, into works of visual art that can be shared. Students will model their own creative processes after Stuart Hyatt's methodical approach to exploring the play between place and human activity.
- Visual artist Matt Allyn Chapman will make a series of nine drawings based on walks that he and writers Caitlin Downs and Matthew L. Kabik will embark on from nine locations in Lancaster City & County. Each walk will be tracked and recorded with GPS. The GPS-mapped line of their walks will be integrated into Chapman’s drawings. Downs and Kabik will write short stories in response to their walks. The collaborative project will also include audio documentation and a print series created in the size and format of a vinyl record.
This project is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Lancaster Public Art is pleased to announce a new Request for Proposals (RFP.) Lancaster Sound Map (LSM) Artist Stipends are available to individual artists or artist groups to support the creation of new work inspired by the Lancaster Sound Map. The purpose is to support the concept of the LSM as a “growing platform” from which many creative projects may arise.
Two stipends will be awarded and the selected projects will be presented in Lancaster, PA at an appropriate venue, no later than Aug. 31, 2017.
Lancaster Public Art will co-host an interactive Info Session about this project on January 23 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Modern Art - 529 West Chestnut, Lancaster, PA. Artists should plan to attend this Open Studio Info Session to learn more about the project, listen to the full Lancaster Sound Map album, brainstorm ideas, ask questions and even begin the application process. RSVP by calling or emailing Heidi Leitzke 717-291-4829 or firstname.lastname@example.org or via FB Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1505409919488314/
Complete Application and Support Materials should be submitted via email to email@example.com
Application Deadline is February 22, 2017
Questions and Contact:
Public Art Manager | City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
120 North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17608-1599
For the past few years, Lafayette Elementary School Principal Wanda Suarez, Sally Jarvis and other community partners have been working to transform a 15-foot-high retaining wall facing the playground. The decaying wall was an eyesore, in need of repair. The Lafayette Mural Committee*, commissioned artist Ophelia Chambliss to work with Lafayette Elementary students to create a stunning new mural to spruce up the previously dreary wall. Ophelia and committee decided that a student inspired collaborative mural painted on mural fabric and installed on the wall would be the most vibrant, effective, and sustainable way to celebrate the diversity and strength of the community.
After years of planning and hard work, the mural was installed today and Ophelia's vision came to life. Prior to today's mural installation, the entire wall was repaired and painted a neutral grey. The committee, Ophelia, students, and teachers volunteered to work with the artist to install the mural panels.
The mural has 5 beautiful panels featuring the following themes; seasons, animals, musical instruments, transporation, and floral still-lives. Students actually painted on some of the panels, while others were painted by the professional, though inspired by the student's original work. To say that each panel captures an important aspect of the community's diversity would be an understatement of the truth.
The mural committee is planning an unveiling ceremony in September, to coincide with Lafayette's birthday and a back to school celebration.
Well done Ophelia and the Lafayette Mural Committee! The Office of Public Art is proud to have been a small part in this project. We know students will love it for years to come!
Public Art intern
*The committee is made up of:
Sally Jarvis, Community Volunteer
Wanda Suarez, Lafayette School Principal
Vincent Baker, Art Teacher (retired)
Wesley Blymire, Art Teacher
Tracy Beyl, Public Art Manager, City of Lancaster (2013-2015)
Heidi Leitzke, Public Art Manager, City of Lancaster
Cindy Morris, Community Volunteer
Dennis LaPorte, Director of Facilities, SDoL
Michael Slechta, Coordinator for Music, Art, Humanities & 21st century Skills, SDoL
Barbara Lombardo, Development Coordinator SDoL
Evelyn Arrocho, Lafayette parent