Art & Community Series
at Esther M. Klein Art Gallery
Esther M. Klein Art Gallery at the Science Center has launched
the premier exhibition of its new "Art & Community Series."
This new series features the artwork of small, independent community
centers and grass roots organizations that use art to positively
effect neighborhoods and communities throughout the Philadelphia
area. Not unlike some of the city's high-profile nonprofits such
as Project H.O.M.E and the Village of Arts & Humanities, these
smaller organizations work with marginalized neighborhoods and
populations making similar efforts to enhance the lives of their
constituencies. These organizations are often neighborhood-specific
and each one offers a very unique and unfiltered glimpse into
the life of the city.
first Art & Community Series exhibition features the artists
of Coalition Ingenu, a small, nonprofit organization that
uses art to positively effect the lives of marginalized people
who have histories of homelessness and mental illness. Coalition
Ingenu "works with mental health centers and support
systems, homeless shelters, and rehabilitation programs to promote
and encourage creativity as a means to psychological and emotional
well-being; and to create a complete system for the recognition
of outstanding expressions of creative energy by self-taught artists
marginalized by extraordinary circumstances."
is important to note that while these artists all operate under
extraordinary circumstances, it is not their circumstances that
are the focus of this exhibition. Rather, we aim to draw attention
to Coalition Ingenu and its mission to promote the exceptional
and individual creative visions of the artists who have become
part of the Coalition Ingenu family," said Dan Schimmel,
curator of Esther Klein Gallery.
more about Coalition Ingenu or to view images visit: www.kleinartgallery.org.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 18, January 15, 2002
January 15, 2002
Volume 48 Number 18