Tyler in the Community
THE TYLER SCHOOL OF ART AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY has a visible presence in schools, neighborhoods, within the Philadelphia cultural sector, nationally and internationally, through its many outreach projects and programs. Following are Tyler’s flagship outreach programs as well as many other initiatives through which faculty, students and alumni are making an impact on the community.
The Certificate in Arts in Community, housed in the Department of Art & Art Education offers a sequence of courses giving students the opportunity to expand their art disciplines as community collaborators while developing their own art projects. Students prepare for these community arts projects by learning about the history and theory of the field, personal and group work on issues of race, class, and aesthetics, research methods and project design, and extensive work with local families, organizations and community leaders. Projects are developed working with youth and adults in North Philadelphia neighborhoods and beyond, building community arts partnerships in sustainable, ethical, arts-based civic engagements that addresses underlying dynamics of equity and identity within communities.
Tyler Art Start, an all-scholarship summer program for high school students in 26 Philadelphia schools.
Prints Link Philadelphia, a coalition of community arts organizations, art centers, museums, schools and teaching artists within Tyler’s Art Education department, that develops curricula and projects to educate and promote printmaking to children and teens in the Philadelphia region. 2010 exhibits at the Free Library of Philadelphia and City Hall.
The North Philadelphia Arts and Culture Alliance, initiated by Tyler’s Exhibitions and Public Programs Department, is dedicated to promoting the diverse arts and culture organizations of North Philadelphia, and establishing this district as a destination for cultural, visual and performing arts. www.northphillyarts.org
Department of Architecture, Study Abroad includes a project in Mumbai, India, assisting a non-profit in developing health and education programs for children living on construction sites, that resulted in $2 water filters and portable earth walls. Local projects include reclaimedSKY, to develop and build a safe, environmentally-conscious play space for disadvantaged youth in North Philadelphia.
Tyler students organized the Temple Community Garden,
run by students to offer organic market produce to the community. Also working with SHARE Foods to install gardens and partnering with Students for Environmental Action to start garden project at local recreation center.
Art Education Program places 100 interns and student teachers in area public schools each year, as well as interns at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other local cultural institutions.
The Urban Workshop (Department of Architecture), received a Citation of Merit from the American Institute of Architects. The project, “Shared Prosperity and Beyond: A University-Community Partnership, in its 5th year, comprises urban, architectural design and design-build work with the Village of Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia. A jury of distinguished practitioners from the Boston Society of Architects selected the project for this award from a statewide pool of submissions. The project is partially supported by a Pew Charitable Trust grant.
Art Ed Club/Project EDU hosted students from local Archdiocese school on campus to build a renewable materials landscape using clay and textiles and working with local recreation center on illustration projects.