Blog Archive

July 28, 2016

From Class Project to President of the Board

Author: Anonymous

Tracy Purdy (CDEV ‘17/CTRP ’18) feels like the last 11 months have been a blur. As part of a project for Professor Jeff Doshna’s Community Based Organizations course in the Fall of 2015, students were instructed to write an in-depth profile of an organization doing community development work and write a strategic plan for the organization. The project involved interviewing employees, board members, and community stake-holders to learn as much as possible about the organization. “In interviewing the people involved in Mosaic Community Land Trust in Pottstown, I quickly realized that I cared deeply about the same issues the CLT is working on, namely affordable, sustainable housing, community gardening, and raising awareness of the arts and culture events in a city I love. I knew I wanted to get involved, so I became a member!” Read More

July 27, 2016

Tyler Alum Paints “Rhythm and Hues” on the Parkway!

Author: Kari Scott

What's 33,000 square feet and full of color in the middle of Philadelphia this summer? A new mural, painted on the pavement of Eakins Oval on the Ben Franklin Parkway! Created by Brad Carney, '02, this mural is on view till the middle of August. Brad created this mural for the Mural Arts Project and it serves as the backdrop for a number of events held in Eakin's Oval this month. Brad based the mural on both his love of music and art.  Inspired by both high-school art and music teachers, he designed a mural that brings together his two creative loves. He says "You can draw attention with different rhythms happening at the same time – you can do all kinds of fun things with that! Music can be visual, can make you feel things, and it’s the same thing with color, painting, and line work. It’s composition, it’s focal point, it’s highs and lows, it’s contrast." Read More

July 22, 2016

Stanzas come to life on Broad Street

Author: Anonymous

Mat Tomezsko and volunteers install Tomezsko's mural "14 Movements: A Symphony in Color and Words" along Broad Street's median on July 19. | Photo by GRACE SHALLOW TTN By Grace Shallow for The Temple News (reprinted with permission) Mat Tomezsko thinks no block in Philadelphia is like another, similar to the structure of stanzas in a musical composition. Tomezsko, who graduated from Temple in 2009 with a degree in Studio Arts, studied symphonies by nineteenth century composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky while painting the mural “14 Movements: A Symphony in Color and Words,” which was unveiled on Tues. July 19. “14 Movements: A Symphony in Color and Words” was created in correlation with the Democratic National Convention’s arrival in Philadelphia. The project is a collaboration between the Mural Arts Program, the 2016 DNC Host Committee and the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. Read More

July 21, 2016

Tyler Professor Pepón Osorio Nominated to NCA Post

Author: Kari Scott

President Obama announces his intent to nominate Professor Pepón Osorio to the National Council for the Arts!  Congratulations to Professor Pepón Osorio, Community Arts Practices! Just a few days ago the White House released the news that President Barack Obama intends to nominate him for a position at the National Council for the Arts (NCA). His nomination is pending confirmation by the Senate. Regarding the nominees, President Obama said, “I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service. I look forward to working with them.” Professor Osorio will continue his teaching and creative work at Tyler while serving on the NCA. Read More