Archives for posts with tag: Art

Process Press is dedicated to poetry, essays and short stories concerned with pressing social issues. We currently accept submissions on a rolling basis.

typewriter-1462562129n95

We consider:

Short poems, no longer than a single page in length.

Essays and short stories no longer than 1500 words.

 

To submit to Process Press fill out the form below. Do not put your entire work in the pitch section – simply tell us a little bit about the work and we will contact you via email with further instructions if we are interested in exploring the work further.

 

http://www.starnewsphilly.com/2016/oct/21/resurrecting-poe/#.WAq23cnD_qB

It’s that time of year! Preparing for holiday and acknowledgement season. If you own a business or run a non-profit now is the time to get ready to send out those letters thanking everyone for their support in the past year. These kinds of letters can encourage continued support in the year to come. If you need assistance creating and sending these cards and notes I can help. You can contact me here and we can discuss my fees for creating and sending your holiday and acknowledgement materials. There are no consultation fees and I can perform this work remotely, or we can have a meeting to discuss your options in person in the Philadelphia area. Start now and beat the rush of the next few months!

darwin_colorPersonally, I have always been a huge fan of Charles Darwin. A really big fan. When The  American Philosophical Society invited submissions from poets and artists prior to their February 2010 events to commemorate Darwin, I was ready.

A poem I started as a teenager came to mind the moment I read about the call for submissions. The Network for New Music was asking for poetry that would be transformed into new classical music compositions for a project they called Dialogues with Darwin. Eric Daino was one of the musicians that chose my poem “Sand Walk”. You can listen to the entire song here.

If you know me at all, you know I was not done there. Made one more submission and a poem I wrote, among many other works, was selected by Lisa Anne Auerbach and designed by Roman Jaster. Their interpretation of my poem Variations, thank you very much. can be seen at the link, the entire project can be seen at The Tract House.

There are many things about scientific exploration that directly effects art. The levels of science in art are extensive. Not only does science aid in the production of pigments and devices, but in understanding of light and sound, making science itself a fundamental part of creating many arts. In this instance, Charles Darwin and his thoughts on childhood illnesses (which took the life of his daughter), his work on observing nature, and the thought processes that accompanied the revolutionary ideas he was able to express, were my inspiration.

Philadelphia’s Bonnie MacAllister is fusing art and social statements. With her latest fiber works, she is embroidering images of influential women around the world, and you can see her work for yourself during the annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours POST East dates, featuring studios east of Broad Street, on October 3 and 4.

Read more at…

http://broadstreetreview.com/wnwn/art-and-social-justice-a-common-thread-at-post

Brother Ali – Writer’s Block (prod. Jake One): http://youtu.be/06qWAClqh9I

Why does the US lead the world in prisons?

On April 15th, 2014 at the Community College of Philadelphia the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s Restorative Justice Program is having a symposium: Beyond the Wall – A Conversation About Mass Incarceration. I am honored to be participating as a moderator in one of their workshops – Best Practices in Reentry Programming. There will be many wonderful speakers and performances. Please join us!

Got an awesome email today of posters out at Temple Contemporary at Tyler School of Art at Temple University

image

Check out @ajabeech’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/ajabeech/status/451007188769996800

The below is a response to the critique : Changing Skyline: Mural Arts Program’s entry into Fairmount Park crosses boundaries from the Thursday March 20, 2014 Philadelphia Inquirer by Inga Saffron

There is an understanding this article puts forth that is problematic- Ms. Saffron suggests that it is ok for an organization to enter a ‘blighted’ neighborhood and transform it as it sees fit, but that it is not art, and as such, should not be welcome in places where ‘real art’ belongs. This line of argument is highly prejudicial, the author does admit having her fill of murals which clearly affects the tone this piece. 

 

I, for one, would rather not see a mural on the likes of the PSFS building for example, but as someone that has worked with revitalization and outreach programs focused on art and social issues in difficult areas, to take away from the artistry of murals because they are related to social programs and maintain they are less than other art for only that reason (“The end result has always been less important than its social goals”) is classism posing as critique. A focus on social intent does not inherently ruin art – to suggest that is so would be to encourage all artists to remove social intent to create their best art. Meaningless art is just that- meaningless. The meaning is always created, by artist and viewer. 

 

This critique reminds me of critiques about the Diego Rivera murals in Detroit- nearly 80 years ago. The message was the same: How is this art- we see this every day, “whitewash the work”, forget about it, according to Detroit critics then, the murals did not belong in the sprawling mecca to industrialism and class mobility it then was. Murals were out of their class, just as Ms. Saffron suggests they are out of hers. 

 

All good art should challenge how we see the world Ms Saffron wrote. To me- the author is so very challenged by this mural and how it affects her view of the world she felt the need to write this. Therefore proving that mural work is important art. 

 

In December, 2013, I wrote a piece on the Mural Arts show at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art for the Huffington Post – Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts 

Check out @ajabeech’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/ajabeech/status/446981490266898432