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The Village of Arts and Humanities http://villagearts.org Welcome to The Village Sun, 18 May 2014 23:46:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Village Park Day http://villagearts.org/2014/news-events/upcoming-events/village-park-day-2 http://villagearts.org/2014/news-events/upcoming-events/village-park-day-2#comments Sun, 18 May 2014 23:37:58 +0000 http://villagearts.org/?p=3810 + sign up here ]]> + sign up here ]]> http://villagearts.org/2014/news-events/upcoming-events/village-park-day-2/feed 0 Teen Creative Apprentices http://villagearts.org/2014/arts/about http://villagearts.org/2014/arts/about#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 05:36:16 +0000 http://villagearts.org/?p=3690 ]]>

Village Industries is designed to engage teens in three areas of activity: 1) advanced level arts courses; 2) entrepreneurial workshops focused on financial management, small-business planning, marketing, ethics in social media, teamwork, productivity and college readiness and; 3) real world, paying projects, executed by youth from client brief to final delivery under the guidance of teaching artists and Village staff.

By presenting students with opportunities to apply their skills and work alongside career artists and business people, students discover the potential to use their skills in their futures, whether it be choosing a college program or career path, or becoming leaders in their communities. These real world opportunities teach accountability, leadership, teambuilding, communication, business management, resume writing, networking and so many other skills essential to success in college and career. By enabling students to reap financial reward for their creative efforts, the program fuels the Philadelphia’s young creative economy and sets a foundation for financial responsibility in the next generation of leaders.

Village Industries is developed by the young people it serves and in collaboration with professional creative mentors. Its success relies on young people’s ability to meet and exceed high expectations while rapidly developing their artistic and entrepreneurial skills through on-the-job, paid experiences. Dismantling barriers between neighborhoods, education and socioeconomic status, this program introduces North Philadelphia youth to the rest of the City as future leaders who are fueled by creativity, new ideas and entrepreneurial savvy. Young Village students advocated for this program and now, through this program our learning how to further advocate for themselves and for the benefit of their team. Village creative apprentices learn how to speak to ANYONE about their arts business with clarity and passion. They learn how to follow up with people, how to recognize new opportunities, and, of course, how to hear the word “no”, sometimes 10, 15 times a week but THEY learned to say no to discouragement and keep trying for a yes. Their work has paid off—they’ve gotten a lot a yesses. Collectively, the youth businesses have earned $8000 for their creative services and continue to refine their marketing strategies to help generate revenue.

Through Village Industries, young people are not just learning from adult mentors—young people are learning from other young people. They are developing and sharing creative tools used to get jobs, to communicate, to support themselves financially and emotionally, and to create change in their world. Moreover, they are teaching us about how they network, what they want to see in the world and how we as mentors can help them achieve their goals.

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reVamp: Fashion Design http://villagearts.org/2014/arts/revamp-fashion-design http://villagearts.org/2014/arts/revamp-fashion-design#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 05:35:28 +0000 http://villagearts.org/?p=3796 ]]>

Coming soon.

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VIP: Music Production http://villagearts.org/2014/arts/vip-music-production http://villagearts.org/2014/arts/vip-music-production#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 05:35:12 +0000 http://villagearts.org/?p=3699
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One Shot: Photography http://villagearts.org/2014/arts/one-shot-photography http://villagearts.org/2014/arts/one-shot-photography#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 05:34:56 +0000 http://villagearts.org/?p=3794 ]]>

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Program Overview http://villagearts.org/2014/arts/after-school-courses/overview-3 http://villagearts.org/2014/arts/after-school-courses/overview-3#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:20:14 +0000 http://villagearts.org/?p=3714 Updated info and galleries coming February 2014.

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Aviva Kapust, Executive Director http://villagearts.org/2013/village-staff/aviva http://villagearts.org/2013/village-staff/aviva#comments Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:48:26 +0000 http://villagearts.org/2010/village-staff/aviva-kapust-projects-and-communications-director ]]> Aviva Kapust is a graphic designer, educator and youth rights activist. Since joining The Village in 2010, Aviva redesigned The Village’s after-school youth arts program by expanding services to youth ages 9-13, increasing teen recruitment by 30% and tripling its course offerings. As Co-founder and Editor In Chief of The Village’s CRED Magazine, a groundbreaking youth arts and culture publication, Aviva grew $5k seed funding to $180k in just 11 months. Working alongside Village directors, Aviva spearheaded Arts Collab—The Village’s satellite, in-school arts education initiative, now in its third cycle at Kipp Philadelphia. In collaboration with Village teaching artists, Aviva will be launching three youth-driven creative businesses on The Village campus this summer. Aviva co-lead The Village’s strategic visioning planning process and will continue to work towards bringing this vision to reality in the years to come. Before working at The Village, Aviva worked as an award-winning Creative Director and Art Director at advertising agencies in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Communications School at Temple University.

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SPACES http://villagearts.org/2013/feature/space http://villagearts.org/2013/feature/space#comments Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:56:21 +0000 http://villagearts.org/?p=3549 ]]> HEADER_spaces-email-1

Beginning January 15, 2014, The Village of Arts and Humanities requests proposals from individuals and collectives, for two, four-month artist residencies in cycle one of SPACES: Artist Residency at The Village.
Through SPACES, youth and families in North Central Philadelphia collaborate with resident artists to explore how the process of sharing artistic practice and engaging in meaningful exchanges of information within a community, can nurture the creation of SPACE—space to create, to dream, to build, and to transform physical landscapes.
SPACES artists will live in creatively renovated row homes in The Village Heart, a four square block area consisting of 14 art parks and nine program buildings, all woven into the existing residential and commercial fabric of the neighborhood. During each residency, artists will engage with community members through informal and Village facilitated dialogue, programs, apprenticeships, or workshops, to design and execute an original, transformative project rooted in art, born from the artists’ relationships with the community, and realized in partnership with community members.
We invite a new generation of artists to continue the Village’s legacy; one that supports and encourages students and community members to utilize artistic skill and creative problem solving in activating spaces in our neighborhood—both physical and imagined.


RFP and application released
Village tours available (highly recommended)
Deadline for applications (11:59 pm, EST)
Semi-finalist notification
Semi-finalist project budget deadline (in collaboration with Village Executive Director)
Interviews of semi-finalists
Final notification of grantees
Artist Inauguration
Cycle one of SPACES
Over the past weeks, we have received many inquiries from the creative community. To aid the proposal process, please review this collection of frequently asked questions and responses.Over the past weeks, we have received numerous inquiries from the creative community. To aid the proposal process, please review this collection of frequently asked questions and responses.
Q1: What kind of/how much interaction and integration with the community is expected?
A1: In developing your proposal, you should begin with asking a question: What problem, specific to this community, needs exploration and would benefit from an arts-based, creative solution. You should not be able to answer your proposed question without communicating, interacting, and engaging with the community itself—people and places. Discoveries made by engaging with the community will build the foundation upon which you will ultimately design and execute your project. We recognize that the RFP asks artists to submit an idea for a project, not simply an area of research. Your proposed project will serve as the framework within which you will execute your research with the recognition that the project may change during the course of your engagement with the community. Once again, we stress that the process is equally if not more important than the eventual execution.

Q2: How many hours per week is an artist required to spend on the Residency project?
A2: Your SPACES residency should be your top priority during the four month stay. During these four months, you will be embedding yourself in the community, engaging with residents, designing the project, and executing the project. That said, you’ll need all the time you have to knock this out of the park.

Q3: Do projects have to be visual arts based?
A3: No, we encourage projects based in all creative disciplines including crossover, or multi-disciplinary projects.

Q4: Can I propose a project that I have executed before in another location?
A4: If the project is relevant to this community, then yes. Please remember that this residency requires flexibility and a willingness to embrace the input or direction given by our neighbors and students. Please read the first question in this FAQ carefully before you propose your project.

Q5: Will I need to use the $10000 stipend to execute my project?
A5: No. The stipend goes directly to cover your time. The Village will fund project expenses.

Q6: Should I wait and apply to cycle two of SPACES?
A6: Cycle 1 is an open RFP process. The Village has not yet determined if Cycle 2will be by invite only, or an open process. We recommend that you apply now.

Q7: I’ve worked at The Village before, support The Village, or know current Village staff/teaching artists. Does that increase my chances of being awarded a residency?
A7: No. We will be reviewing each proposal on its own strength and merit. While we value everyone’s support of The Village as well as our own personal relationships with local and national artists, we will not factor personal relationships into the review process. Additionally, the review panel consists of a diverse group of individuals, many of whom are NOT employees of The Village.

Q8: Can I apply as an international applicant?
A8: Right now, we’re only opening the project to artists/creators currently living on the East Coast of the US. International applicants are welcome to apply if you currently live/work on the East Coast and have a visa that allows you to work in the US through the duration of the residency.

Q9: Can my family live with me during my residency?
A9: Yes, your family (spouses, partners, children, etc) can live with you, on site, during the course of the residency. While the resident houses are cool, they are the standard size of a city row home. If you are considering moving your family to The Village, we would encourage you to tour the houses and the neighborhood.

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