PACC

Origins In Place

Artist in Residence w/ Patrick Hebert, Lead Artist

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Introduction

We are interested in the forces that pulse in a sense of place, the ways in which we experience alienation and belonging, resilience and erasure, danger and delight, competition and collaboration. How do we understand our relationships to place and one another in interpersonal, historical, political, and creative terms? How do these relationships change over time? What are the forces and dynamics that shape such changes? What are the lessons and limits of resilience in communities of Black and Indigenous people? Our collaboration will explore the roles these different types of organizations can play as custodians of sometimes competing histories, and as stewards for shared futures. We will pay particular attention to what is embodied in the language and materials of our environments — whether human-built or organically growing.

This project was active during Spring 2018, in addition to a significant planning phase preceding the active semester as well as a follow up once the semester had concluded.


Collaborators

Lead Artist

Patrick “Pato” Hebert is an artist, educator and organizer based in Los Angeles and New York. His work explores the aesthetics, ethics and poetics of interconnectedness. The practice works across a range of media including photography, installation, sculpture, language, light, temporality and graphic design. Progressive praxis, spatial dynamics and the spirit of social topographies are of particular interest.

Executive Director

The Village of Arts and Humanities

Aviva Kapust is the executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities (the Village), a multifaceted organization dedicated to community revitalization through the arts. Kapust joined the Village in 2010 as programs director, and previously worked as an art director and creative director at advertising agencies in New York and San Francisco. She is currently overseeing the Village’s Center-funded project SPACES: International Artist Residency Initiative.

Assoc. Dean of the College; Dean for Diversity, Access and Community Engagement; Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Haverford College

As an Associate Dean of the College, the Dean of Diversity, Access, and Community Engagement, and the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at Haverford College, Theresa works in collaboration with members of the Haverford community to foster the interrelations between diversity, academic excellence, and community engagement.As a teacher and scholar, she focuses on the interrelation between aesthetic formulations of subjectivity and practices of social transformation in the arenas of autobiography, visual culture studies, and critical discourses concerning gender and race. Theresa forges her work in conversation with disability rights activists and art historians as well as with literary theorists and visual artists.

Program Coordinator of the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Haverford College

My work is about grappling with the complexity of being in genuine community with each other, in spaces where power and privilege often color our perspectives. As Director of Programming and Assessment for Diversity, Access, and Community Engagement, I work to empower students to locate themselves within their own identities by connecting them to cohorts of shared identity; challenging them to consider perspectives beyond their own; resourcing them to investigate the depth and context of their experience; and advocating for them within the larger systems and structures of the institution. On the ground, this often looks like facilitating trainings and workshops, mentoring student organizations, serving on institutional committees, and working with students on a one-on-one basis.I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and studied philosophy at Bates College. After graduation, I went back to work in Bates’ Office of Intercultural Education as Program Coordinator, before coming to Haverford in 2015.

Events

The Village of Arts & Humanities, Non-Profit Partner

Meeting

10.20.17

2544 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA

This was the first meeting between Pato Hebert, Aviva Kapust, Theresa Tensuan, Stephanie Bursese – the primary collaborators, artists, and partners on this project.

Executive Director of the Village of Arts and Humanities, Aviva Kapust, gave a tour of the main administrative buildings and the public spaces surrounding those structures (community parks, gardens, and murals) that the Village has been working to enhance.

Kapust led a discourse around the Village’s role in those public spaces, detailing that while certain structural improvements to those areas can increase accessibility to all members of the Germantown neighborhood it is important to the Village that those spaces be community spaces, not just the property of the Village.
Photo Credit: Stephanie Bursese

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The Village of Arts & Humanities: Aviva Kapust, Executive Director

Non-Profit Partner

2544 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

The Village of Arts and Humanities is a 30+ year old arts organization in the heart of North Philadelphia. We amplify the voices and aspirations of our community by providing arts-based opportunities for self-expression and personal success that engage youth and their families, revitalize physical space, and preserve black heritage.

The mission of The Village of Arts and Humanities is to support the voices and aspirations of the community through providing opportunities for self-expression rooted in art and culture. The Village inspires people to be agents of positive change through programs that encompass arts and culture, engage youth, revitalize community, preserve heritage and respect the environment.

Our legacy is anchored in artist-facilitated community building. More than 40 years ago, Arthur Hall erected the Black Humanitarian Center near the corner of 10th and Lehigh in North Central Philadelphia (now The Village’s main programming building). For Arthur Hall, creating space for people in the neighborhood to read, dance, sing and make music, was a crucial part of each resident learning and celebrating the community’s culture and heritage. Twenty years later, artist Lily Yeh continued growing spaces in the neighborhood, in the same spirit of communal care and compassion. For Lily, the beautification of physical space catalyzed positive mental and emotional shifts in the way that residents viewed their own lives and the health of their neighborhood. Using social art practice, both Arthur and Lily—the Village’s first artists in residence—encouraged people to believe in, and help build, a more beautiful and just future for themselves and their families.

Today—40 years after Arthur Hall taught his first African dance class, and 27 years after Lily Yeh taught children how to grout a mosaic—The Village continues to create SPACE.
Photo Credit: Village of Arts and Humanities

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Pato Hebert, Lead Artist

Artist in Residence

Patrick “Pato” Hebert is an artist, educator and organizer based in Los Angeles and New York. His work explores the aesthetics, ethics and poetics of interconnectedness. The practice works across a range of media including photography, installation, sculpture, language, light, temporality and graphic design. Progressive praxis, spatial dynamics and the spirit of social topographies are of particular interest. Pato lives between NYC and Los Angeles, he will be in Philadelphia at several points throughout the Spring 2018 semester.
Photo Credit: Haverford College Communications

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Origin Stories: Initiations, Identities, and Indigenous Imaginations Course Visit w/ Lillian Dunn

Course Visit

3.22

11:30am-1pm, Sharpless, Haverford College

Founder of Apiary Magazine and Village of Arts and Humanities staff member Lillian Dunn engaged students in a discussion around the following questions – “What are the forces that pulse in a sense of place? How do we understand our relationships to place and to one another in interpersonal, historical, political, and creative terms? How do these relationships change over time”. Lillian shared a reading from Eduardo Galeano’s Memories of Fire: Genesis entitled “Medicine and Witchcraft” with the class and gave a presentation on the extensive history of the Village of Arts and Humanities.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lillian Dunn

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Penn Treaty Park & The Village of Arts and Humanities w/ SURGE & Paul Farber

Site Visit

4.7

10am-2pm, Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N Beach St, Philadelphia, PA

The Origin Stories collaborators, members of Haverford College group SURGE, and Theresa Tensuan’s students met with Paul Farber at Penn Treaty Park to discuss Indigenous history and legacies of colonialism. The group traveled to The Village of Arts and Humanities were they spent the afternoon at People’s Paper Co-Op, making paper and poetry with Miss Faith and Lillian Dunn. In relation to ideas of Origin Stories project, the group thought of pulping our pasts, conjuring shared futures, thinking carefully about place and what is visible and invisible.
Photo Credit: Pato Hebert

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Beats with Michael O'Bryan & SURGE Youth Program at The Village of Arts and Humanities

Tour & Workshop

4.21

10am-2pm, The Village of Arts and Humanities, 2544 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Michael O’Bryan, the Director of Youth Arts Education at The Village of Arts and Humanities led a beats workshop with local youth singers & performers from the Germantown neighborhood. Michael and the young performers spoke to SURGE (Sons Uniting, Realizing Goals of Excellence) mentors from Haverford College along with a few of the children that SURGE students mentor. SURGE is a collection of students of color from Haverford College looking to create a mentoring program for young boys of color, aged 12-17. The performers discussed how they make music at The Village and engaged the group in a creative sonics workshop with prompts related to ideas of personal experience and storytelling in Theresa Tensuan’s Origin Stories’ course.
Photo Credit: Stephanie Bursese

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SURGE Meet & Greet

Information Session

4.25

4:30-5:30pm, VCAM, Haverford College

SURGE (Sons Uniting, Realizing Goals of Excellence) is a collection of students of color from Haverford College looking to create a mentoring program for young boys of color, aged 12-17, in the Ardmore area. Interested in learning more about SURGE? Meet mentors Jhoneidy Javier and Cooper Vaughn, hear them talk about their work with the program, and find out how you can get involved. Food provided!
Photo Credit: Pato Hebert

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Pato Hebert & Stephanie Bursese

Artist Talk & Conversation

4.26

12-1pm, VCAM, Haverford College

Join us for a lunchtime conversation with PACC artist Pato Hebert, facilitated by PACC Program Manager Stephanie Bursese.

Patrick “Pato” Hebert is an artist, educator and organizer based in Los Angeles and New York. His work explores the aesthetics, ethics and poetics of interconnectedness. The practice works across a range of media including photography, installation, sculpture, language, light, temporality and graphic design. Progressive praxis, spatial dynamics and the spirit of social topographies are of particular interest.
Photo Credit: Haverford College Communications

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The Village, Haverford Students & People's Paper Co-op Silkscreen Workshop for "Free Our Mothers"

Workshop

5.3

5-9pm, The Village of Arts and Humanities, 2544 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Students from Theresa Tensuan’s course traveled to People’s Paper Co-op (located half a block from The Village of Arts and Humanities in Germantown) to join an ongoing printmaking project. This project, led by formerly incarcerated women, entailed printing t-shirts and posters for the upcoming “Free our Mothers” parade in Philadelphia, held on Women in Re-entry Day on May 10, 2018. Students worked together with People’s Paper Co-op and the group of formerly incarcerated women to produce these printed items. These items were sold at the parade, and the proceeds went to the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund.
Photo Credit: Stephanie Bursese

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