Culture and Arts Policy shapes resources for everything from art education in grade schools to public art in city streets. Hear from our panel of esteemed arts leaders who will reflect on their experience with cultural policy locally and lessons they have learned from other cities and countries. Timed to coincide with Philadelphia’s mayoral election season, this event is sure to highlight the possibilities for Philadelphia to model the kind of culture that will promote equity and justice for all.
Join us for presentations by Patricia Wilson Aden (Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance), Jane Golden (Mural Arts Philadelphia) and Jason Schupbach (Drexel University), and a conversation moderated by Linda Earle (Tyler School of Art).
This program will include a welcome from Moore’s President Cathy Young and is hosted by Moore’s Socially Engaged Art MFA and MA programs.
About the Moderator:
Linda Earle’s work focuses on cultural equity, aligning managerial practices with mission and ethics, and the expansion of new platforms for cultural practice, participation and discourse. She has developed the curriculum for Tyler School of Art’s new Arts Management track within the MA in Art History and teaches courses on art and civic life, the history and impact of philanthropy in the visual arts, arts management practice, and institutional change. Earle has engaged arts and culture as educator, administrator, funder, writer and curator, including roles as Director of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Director the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New York Arts Program, and a senior Program Director at NYSCA, where the Individual Artists Program was founded under her leadership. She has taught film and cultural studies at Rutgers University, Hunter College and Barnard College, and has served on numerous grant and commissioning panels nationally. She currently serves on the boards of Art Matters, the Jerome Foundation, and the Vera List Center for Art + Politics. Most recently she was the 2020-2021 Visiting Scholar at the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, focusing on issues around archives and Black cultural production.
About the Speakers:
Patricia Wilson Aden is the President & CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Aden previously served as President & CEO at the African American Museum in Philadelphia as well as AAMP’s Sr. Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining AAMP, Aden led local, regional, and national non-profit organizations including positions as the Executive Director of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and President of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. She began her career in Washington, DC where she served as the Executive Director of the DC Preservation League, as well as other leadership positions. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and other national and state level granting agencies. Aden holds a BA from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and an MA from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia.
Jason Schupbach is the Dean of the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University. He is a nationally recognized expert in the role that arts and design play in improving communities, and was the federal liaison to the design community in his role as Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts. He has held multiple other academic, government and foundation positions.
Jane Golden has been the driving force of Mural Arts Philadelphia since its inception, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation’s largest public art program. Under Golden’s direction, Mural Arts has created over 4,000 works of transformative public art through community engagement. In partnership with innovative collaborators, she has developed groundbreaking and rigorous programs that employ the power of art to transform practice and policies related to youth education, restorative justice, environmental justice and behavioral health. Sought-after nationally and internationally, Golden has received numerous awards, including the Philadelphia Award, the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Award and the Katharine Hepburn Medal. This year, she has been awarded the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia Honors Award and the 2022 Philadelphia Titan 100. Currently, Golden serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a Critic-in-residence at the Maryland Institute College of Art.