Supporting and Promoting the Arts at the University of Pennsylvania
Jasmine Blanks Jones's course will examine the work and research of young artists from Liberia, West Africa who used street theatre to teach best practices for prevention during the Ebola crisis and will consider how their use of dialogical performance contributed to critical knowledge which iteratively informed interventions throughout their awareness campaign.
August 10, 2020
Free Speech Advocate Discusses Growing Talk of ‘Cancel Culture’
Sigal Ben-Porath, a professor of education, political science, and philosophy, talks de-platforming, toppling statues, rescinding admissions, Twitter, the First Amendment, and hate speech.
August 10, 2020
‘Avoid the Day’ In His New Nonfiction Book, Jay Kirk Writes About a Mystery that Involves Penn faculty, Staff, and the Libraries.
“Avoid the Day: A New Nonfiction in Two Movements” is the second book by Kirk, who has been teaching nonfiction creative writing in the School of Arts & Sciences for 15 years. He has been a writer primarily for magazines, with long-form narratives in publications including Harpers, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine. Pursuing the mystery of a missing music manuscript has been an eight-year odyssey that took Penn lecturer Jay Kirk from Vermont to Europe to the Arctic Circle, with Philadelphia at the center of the search.
August 10, 2020
Expressions of Color, Comfort, and Creativity in the Fight Against COVID-19
the Architecture Department at Penn partnered with Surface magazine to create the Summer School at Penn, a month-long virtual lecture series and design competition. During the four-week program, 76 students from the Stuart Weitzman School of Design listened to public lectures by world-renowned architects, educators, graphic and industrial designers, and doctors and submitted their designs for a mobile-testing unit.
The University of Pennsylvania has recently released a set of guidelines pertaining to COVID-19, which include restrictions on events and campus access, and the temporary closure of Penn’s arts centers. The Sachs Program will do its best to update our website to reflect any resultant cancellations. We also encourage you to visit the host sites for all events to confirm details. Ongoing events, such as exhibitions, will remain listed on our site for the time being.
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation’s 2020 Grant Cycle is now closed, and we have announced the 2020 Grant recipients. 2021 grant opportunities will be announced in the fall. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay informed of important news and deadlines.
The Sachs Program’s grantmaking supports innovative arts activities throughout the Penn community, providing funding to Penn faculty, staff, students, departments, programs, and centers. Our vision is that the arts at Penn are valued and embraced as a creative catalyst, driving innovation, inspiration, and action.
Tuesday August 11Morning Coffee Break with Katherine Blanchard at the Penn Museum
Enjoy a morning chat with a Penn Museum specialist: one of our collections experts, conservators, educators, exhibitions designers, or other staff members will share their work, offer an insider’s perspective on the Museum, and answer questions. This week join Katherine Blanchard, Fowler/Van Santvoord Keeper of Collections, Near East Section.
Tuesday August 11Live Chats About Music with Christian McBride
Christian McBride hosts different guests weekly for live chats about music. Tune in to the Newport Jazz Instagram every Tuesday night at 7 PM. Recent guests have included Norah Jones, Robert Glasper, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves and more.
Monday October 5Esra Akcan: Right-to-Heal: Architecture and Transitional Justice
Esra Akcan is an Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for European Studies at Cornell AAP. Akcan has authored more than 100 articles on the intertwined histories of Europe and West Asia, critical and postcolonial theory, architectural photography, migration and diasporas, translation, and contemporary architecture.
Wednesday October 7The Cunningham Lecture: Michael Webb
Michael Webb was born in Henley-on-Thames, England, in 1937. He studied architecture intermittently at the then Regent Street Polytechnic School of Architecture (now the University of Westminster) between the years 1953 and 1972. A project he designed during his fourth year at the Polytechnic found its way, owing to a curious set of circumstances, into an exhibition at MoMA New York entitled "Visionary Architecture" in 1960.
“9066 to 9/11,” produced by the Japanese American National Museum’s Watase Media Arts Center in 2004, traces the history of discrimination against people of Asian background in the United States from World War II incarceration to the rise in Islamophobia after 9/11. Join the film's producers and members of Penn’s Program in Asian-American studies for a discussion on the past, present, and future of anti-Asian bias in America and how we can stand together for racial justice and equality for all.
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation’s 2019 SHIP Intern, Tias Volker (C ’21), developed a map that highlights arts resources and centers across Penn’s campus. While not every resource could be included, The Sachs Program encourages you to use this map to explore the breadth of arts offerings at Penn.