New•Land•Marks Community Exhibition at the William Way Community Center August 9 – August 21, 2000

Press Release

New•Land•Marks Community Exhibition at the William Way Community Center August 9 – August 21, 2000

A transportable exhibition that documents New•Land•Marks public art proposals through a series of descriptive photographic banners will be on view at the William Way Community Center, located at 1315 Spruce Street in Philadelphia, from August 9 to August 21, 2000 (Monday to Friday, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM). On August 9, there will be a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. At 6:00 PM, artist Ap. Gorny will discuss Theyareus, the proposal that he has developed with Philadelphia’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in association with the William Way Community Center.

This showing of the transportable exhibition is part of the Fairmount Park Art Association’s Community Exhibition Series, which travels throughout Philadelphia to communities participating in New•Land•Marks (see attached schedule). A major exhibition of the proposals will open at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in February 2001, accompanied by a publication documenting the proposal development process. The Community Exhibition Series offers the opportunity to preview materials in the community contexts from which the work emerged. The exhibitions and publication are made possible by generous grants from the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a grant program of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and the William Penn Foundation.

New•Land•Marks: public art, community, and the meaning of place is a program of the Fairmount Park Art Association that brings together artists and community organizations to plan new works of public art for Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. Participating artists and communities have collaborated to develop proposals that incorporate public art into ongoing community development, urban greening, public amenity, and other revitalization initiatives. These efforts celebrate community identity, commemorate “untold” histories, and offer visionary, yet reasonable, ways to invigorate public spaces. As “works in process,” the New•Land•Marks proposals represent diverse approaches to public art.

The New•Land•Marks program is made possible through the generous support of the William Penn Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, the Independence Foundation, and the Leeway Foundation.

Chartered in 1872, the Fairmount Park Art Association is the nation’s first private non-profit organization integrating public art and urban planning. The Art Association works to promote the appreciation of public art through advocacy efforts and programs that commission, interpret, and preserve art in Philadelphia.

Community Exhibition Schedule
Dates *

July 12-24, 2000: Marian Anderson Recreation Center, 744 South 17th Street

July 26-August 7, 2000: Taller Puertorriqueño, 2721 North 5th Street

August 9-August 21, 2000: William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street

August 23-September 5, 2000: Mercy Wellness Center, 2821 Island Avenue

September 6-15, 2000: University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce Street

September 16-22, 2000: Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Avenue

September 27-October 9, 2000: Penn Home Assisted Living Community, 1401 East Susquehanna Avenue

October 11-23, 2000: Cecil B. Moore Library, 2320 West Cecil B. Moore Avenue

October 25-November 6, 2000: Mill Creek Jazz and Cultural Society, 4626 Lancaster Avenue

November 8-15, 2000: Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park

November 15-22, 2000: Kendrick Recreation Center, 5800 Ridge Avenue

February 10-April 15, 2001: New•Land•Marks Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Broad and Cherry Streets

* Additional exhibition locations may be announced. Dates of scheduled locations are subject to change. To confirm dates and opening hours, please contact the Art Association.