May 14, 2019Graham Foundation Grantees Include a PennDesign Faculty Member and an Alumna
In 2019, the Graham Foundation awarded $462,800 to 64 projects by individuals, including two members of the Weitzman School of Design community. Zhongjie Lin, associate professor of city and regional planning, was awarded a grant for his forthcoming book Constructing Utopias: China’s Emerging New Town Movement. Alumna Jessica Vaughn (MFA’11) was awarded a grant for "Office Architecture and Invisible Bodies," a project through which she'll explore the slippage and messiness of how material and physical structures can and do shape our reading of space, compliance and architecture.
May 10, 2019Musical Merger of Academics and Performance
Taught by Jamuna Samuel, Music 236, an academic/performance hybrid course, focuses on the music of one composer and incorporates history and analysis. This semester the focus was on the instrumental chamber music of Franz Schubert. Working with music professor Anna Weesner, Samuel created the course, inspired by a class she took when she was a student at Yale University, with an emphasis on developing the collaborative aspect.
May 10, 2019Studying Novels with Novelist Jennifer Egan
Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, returns to her alma mater to teach a course on English literature. Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her most recent novel, “Manhattan Beach,” a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. “A Visit From the Goon Squad” won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times book prize in addition to the Pulitzer in 2011.
May 6, 2019The Sachs Program Announces 2019 Grants, Marks One-Year Anniversary
A year and 23 grant projects later, The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation is phasing into round two of its annual grant awards, announcing 26 grant-funded projects that total $220,000 in new arts investment. The 2019 grants, announced at a party at the Penn LGBT Center on Thursday night with members of and performances from the local arts community, were divvied out in eight categories.
May 3, 2019Announcing The Sachs Program’s 2019 Grant Awards
On May 2nd, at an event at Penn's LGBT Center, The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation announced its 2019 Grant Awards: $220,000 in funding to 26 successful applicants. Grants were awarded in the categories of Arts Course Development, Arts Integration, Independent Creative Production, Provosts Interdisciplinary, Student Arts Innovation, Student Engagement, Visiting Artists, and Extended Artist Engagement.