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 2016-17 Topics to Address as identified by Advisory Council votes:
- What does it mean to be an ally?
- How and why do we fix things?
- What do reparations look like?
How do we define public interest?
2016-17 Advisory Council
Temple University Programming Advisory Council – High School Students
- Rochely Ortiz – Philadelphia Military Academy
- Angeliz Neris – Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
- Korey Parrott – Philadelphia Military Academy
- Anthony Snowden – Julia de Burgos School
- Cassandra Pittman – Universal Charter School
- Celeste West - Franklin Learning Center
- Shania Holmes - Philadelphia High School for Girls
- Iasiah Carter - Franklin Learning Center
- Tyana Hayward - Philadelphia High School for Girls
- Chaniya Pollitt - Philadelphia High School for Girls
Temple University Programming Advisory Council – Temple Students
- Kelechi Azu - Tyler School of Art
- Alex Bruefach, Science and Technology
- Juan Hurtado - Tyler School of Art
- Destiny Palmer - Tyler School of Art
- Christopher Persaud - College of Liberal Arts
- Darion Porter - Geography and Urban Studies
- Holly Trnka - Tyler School of Art
- Michalea Winberg - Media and Communication
Temple University Programming Advisory Council – Temple Faculty/Staff
- Dr. Tonia Hsieh - Assistant Professor for the Department of Biology at Temple University’s College of Science and Technology
- Gerard Brown - Department Chair of Foundations, Tyler School of Art
- Hillel Hoffman - Assistant Director for the Department of Communications
- Dr. Ellen Tedaldi - Professor and Medicine Director for the School of Medicine
- Kathleen Grady - Director of Sustainability
- Dustin Kidd, Associate Professor of Sociology
- HIlary Lowe, Direcotr of Center for Public History
- Zach Martin, Academic Advisor of Honors Program
- Rashida Ng, Chair, Departmant of Architecture
- Kathleen Grady, Director, Office of Sustainability
Temple University Programming Advisory Council – Philadelphia Civic Leaders
- Cathi Tillman, Executive Director, La Puerta Abierta/The Open Door
- Denise Brown, Executive Director, The Leeway Foundation
- Helen Cunningham, Former Executive Director of the Samuel S. Fels Fund
- Pete Angevine – Company Co-Founder, Little Babies Ice Cream
- Billy Dufala - Artist
- Tiffany Tavarez – Corporate Contributions Manager at PECO Energy, Community Investment for Comcast, and Tyler Alumni
- Patrick Grossi, Advocacy Director of the Preservation Alliance
- Kehmari Norman, Program Director, Temple Contemporary Youth Advisory Council
- Daniel Tucker, Graduate Program Director, Moore College of Art & Design