Our Advisory Council

Our programming is determined by a thirty-five member advisory council representing a broad spectrum of Philadelphia. This volunteer council is comprised of neighboring high school and Temple students, faculty and civic leaders representing a range of interests (economists, farmers, philosophers, artists, community activists, historians, etc.). To each of our public Advisory Council meetings every adviser brings one question of local relevance and international significance that they do not know the answer to. After all of the questions are discussed, the council votes for the questions that are anticipated to creatively address Philadelphia’s greatest social and cultural needs.  The number of votes a question receives is proportional to the amount of resources (money, time, events) Temple Contemporary devotes to the programming addressing the questions. 

We engage with these questions the way two people of mutual respect enter a conversation.  Therefore, there is no way of knowing when or how our commitment to these questions will end.  It is a process of becoming.  The extent of the public’s participation in these questions (determined by audiences, web hits, discussions) is the deciding factor of how long we continue to address a question through public programming.  By forcing ourselves into a public position of service to these questions it has necessitated a fundamental power shift, and mandates that the gallery recognize social engagement as the determining factor of our public programming. This re-ordering of conventional gallery values necessitates a foregrounding of curatorial accountability, reciprocity, and exchange that forms the basis of Temple Contemporary’s social life, and by extension, our social values.

Temple Contemporary’s 20181-19 Topics to Address as identified by Advisory Council votes:

  • How do we engage in our social movements? How do we allow people to engage in personal pleasure? 
  • How to teach people of privilege without burdening people of color?
  • How to teach people of privilege without burdening people of color?

2018-19 Advisory Council

Temple University Programming Advisory Council – High School Students

  • Monyea Butler, Homeschooled
  • Shania Holmes, Philadelphia High School for Girls
  • Hruti Khesu Moa Ra - Philadelphia Free School
  • Preyton Lambert, Philadelphia Free School
  • Chaniya Pollitt - Philadelphia High School for Girls
  • Alexis Sanabria - Kensington Health Sciences Academy
  • Clifton Savage - Franklin Learning Center
  • Regina Walker, Philadelphia High School for Girls

Temple University Programming Advisory Council – Temple Students

  • Natalie Gearin, Tyler School of Art
  • Maddie Hammel, College of Liberal Arts
  • Kelly Kuykendall, Tyler School of Art
  • Kathryn Lyons - University Studies
  • Shanise Redmon - College of Liberal Arts

Temple University Programming Advisory Council – Temple Faculty/Staff

  • Hillel Hoffman - Assistant Dean for Strategic Communications, Tyler School of Art
  • Kathleen Grady - Director, Office of Sustainability
  • HIlary Iris Lowe, Director of Center for Public History
  • Ruth Ost, Senior Director of Honors Program
  • Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology
  • Lisa Sonneborn, Director Institute on Disabilities

Temple University Programming Advisory Council – Philadelphia Civic Leaders

  • Shelley Bernstein, Chief Experience Officer and Deputy Director for Digital Initiatives, Barnes Foundation
  • Denise Brown, Executive Director, The Leeway Foundation
  • Helen Cunningham, Former Executive Director of the Samuel S. Fels Fund
  • Donta Daniels, Young Curators Council, Temple Contemporary
  • Liz Filios, Actor, musician, sound designer, Philadelphia
  • Daniel Tucker, Graduate Program Director, Assitant Professor, Moore College of Art & Design
  • Jennifer Kates, Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Helen Gym
  • Stacy Mann, 
  • Damon Reaves, Associate Curator of Education, Community Engagement and Access, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Nyseem Smith, Co-director Youth Advisory Council, Temple Contemporary
  • Kara Springer, artist
  • Kira Strong- Deputy Director of Design and Construction, reBuild Philly
  • Tiffany Taverez, Vice President and Community Relations Senior Consultant, Wells Fargo
  • Daniel Tucker, Graduate Program Director, Moore College of Art & Design
  • Koofreh Umoren, Musician, West Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Louise Verstegen, Associate, Pew Charitable Trusts