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RE/ VIEW | Navigating Public Defunding
June 22, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Introducing RE/ VIEW, an online program discussion series to address reopening and reimagining museums, art spaces and institutions across the country. Understanding that this crisis has upended previous conditions and revealed vulnerabilities in how we exhibit, present and view art, we invite leaders across our field to strategize for the future. This event is open to members and non-members with a 5$ minimum donation.
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ArtTable’s Philadelphia chapter brings together our city’s female arts leaders to discuss strategizing the future of Arts and Culture in the wake of drastic public budget cuts of the city’s arts programs. Earlier in May, Mayor Jim Kenny introduced a 2021 budget proposal that eliminates both the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Office of Arts and Culture and Creative Economy. ArtTable will discuss this industry-threatening cut, the potential impact, and the organizational efforts taken by arts communities to stay afloat during this crisis.
Valerie Gay, Deputy Director for Audience Engagement & Chief Experience Officer, Barnes Foundation
Before joining Art Sanctuary as executive director in 2012, Gay served as Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement for Temple University’s College of Education, as well as the College of Education’s Director of Development and Alumni Affairs. She also held the position of Vice President and Portfolio Manager with PNC Advisors, where she managed investment portfolios of high net-worth individuals and family trusts. In 2006, Gay founded Fortress Arts Academy, a nonprofit that provides arts and skill-building lessons to children and adults, especially those in underserved communities. In 2017, she co-founded Davis Gay + Associates, a firm providing targeted support for nonprofit and social-venture organizations seeking to solve societal problems. She also cofounded the EVER Ensemble, a collective of women musicians who perform diverse musical genres, from classical to hip-hop.
Gay serves on the boards of directors for the Barra Foundation and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and is a member of the Arts + Business Council for Greater Philadelphia’s Advisory Board. She also currently serves on Mayor Jim Kenney’s Council for the Arts. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of the Arts and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and a Professional Studies Certificate at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. She also completed degree coursework at Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and is a Certified Financial Planner.
Jane Golden, Founder and Executive Director Mural Arts Philadelphia
Jane Golden has been the driving force of Mural Arts Philadelphia since its inception in 1984, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation’s largest public art program. Under Golden’s direction, Mural Arts has created over 4,000 works of transformative public art through community engagement. In partnership with innovative collaborators, she has developed groundbreaking and rigorous programs that employ the power of art to transform practice and policies related to youth education, restorative justice, environmental issues and behavioral health. Sought-after nationally and internationally as an expert on urban transformation through art, Golden has received numerous awards for her work, including the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Award and Philadelphia Magazine’s Trailblazer Award. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and serves on the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, the Penn Museum Advisory Committee, and the board of directors of The Heliotrope Foundation.
Liz Grimaldi, Executive Director, Fleisher Art Memorial
Liz Grimaldi is the Executive Director of Fleisher Art Memorial, the country’s oldest community art school. Today, Fleisher is a celebrated and thriving community arts center, driven by a mission to make art accessible to everyone, regardless of economic means, background or artistic experience. Fleisher offers creative learning opportunities to more than 20,000 people each year through free and low-cost classes, long-term artist residencies in public schools and community centers throughout Southeast Philadelphia, a robust exhibitions program, and ColorWheels, its mobile art studio. This summer, Fleisher is the lead arts education provider for 3,000 children in the City of Philadelphia’s 150 summer recreation sites.
Before Fleisher, Grimaldi was the Executive Director of The Village of Arts and Humanities, where she co-founded the youth-driven arts and culture publication, CRED magazine, piloted a digital media program with the US Attorney’s Office, and helped launch PhillyEarth, a center for environmental education. During her tenure, Grimaldi advocated for the City’s definition of economic development activities to include independent contractors such as artists and program instructors, resulting in an $850,000 tax credit to be redirected towards the creative economy and youth entrepreneurship education.
Prior to the States, Grimaldi lived in Hong Kong, Barcelona, and Rome, and worked for Galería Senda and Cabinet Magazine. Liz holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Bryn Mawr College and lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two daughters, and pet tarantula.
Christina Vassallo, Executive Director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum
Christina Vassallo was appointed Executive Director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum, in Philadelphia, effective January 2, 2020. Previously, she spent six productive years as Executive + Artistic Director of SPACES, in Cleveland, where she provided creative direction and oversaw operations for one of the longest running alternative art organizations in the country. Before relocating to Cleveland, she was Executive Director of Flux Factory, in NYC, where she set the course for an expansive art collective and residency program. She is currently completing the Chief Executive Program of National Arts Strategies with a nonforprofit certificate from Harvard Business School, as well as a Fall 2020 fellowship through the German Marshall Fund.
Rachel Zimmerman, Founding Artistic and Executive Director, InLiquid
Rachel Zimmerman is the Founding Artistic and Executive Director of InLiquid, a non-profit visual arts organization, with over 20 years of experience in managing and curating art and design projects. Through her leadership, InLiquid continues to support the careers and creative practices of over 300 working artists each year and produces over 40 public exhibitions annually.
InLiquid has been honored with numerous awards, including Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly Award for Affordable Art and The Culture Trip’s Pennsylvania Local Favorite Award. Zimmerman has also received citations from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, as well as a nomination for the 2017 Rad Award for Nonprofit of the Year (Rad Girls). At InLiquid’s recent 20th Anniversary Celebration, Philadelphia’s Chief Cultural Officer, Kelly Lee presented a mayoral proclamation to InLiquid for its work in creating a vibrant visual arts community in Philadelphia.
As an artist and curator, Zimmerman has been named one of the region’s “Top 101 Emerging Connectors” in 2008, as well as a Creative Connector by Leadership Philadelphia. She is a Leadership Philadelphia and Designing Leadership alumna, and has served on numerous committees from Design Philadelphia to the executive board of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Currently, she is on the art advisory committees of CFEVA and the Main Line Art Center, the co- chair of ArtTable (Philadelphia), and the Creative Industries Working Group (Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, City of Philadelphia) and a board member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
Other events in this series:
Tuesday, June 23: The Rise of the Regional: Recovering Mid-sized Institutions
Tuesday, June 30: Decentralizing the museum: Digital tools and Creating Community online
… more to come!
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