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ARTZ Philadelphia : Artists-In-Residence
ARTZ Philadelphia is proud to be a part of the artist communities in Philadelphia and grateful for the generous contributions. The ARTZ Philadelphia Artists-In-Residence are very talented, local artists who have joined us to help those living with dementia improve their quality of life through the arts and cultural experiences. Each artist has unique talents and offers special gifts to share with the local Philadelphia community members,
We invite you meet our ARTZ Philadelphia Artists-In-Residence.
Trish Maunder was ARTZ Philadelphia’s first Project Artist. She has an MA in Art Education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is an access coordinator and consultant for museums, arts organizations and other institutions. Trish is the co-founder and Creative Director of Philly Touch Tours, an organization that provides inclusive, sensory tours and experiences for people with vision loss around the Philadelphia area. She previously served as the Special Programs Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, designing and presenting touch tours for visitors who are blind and visually impaired.Trish writes, “I am honored and delighted to be a Project Artist with ARTZ Philadelphia. I believe that engagement with the arts, in its broadest sense, is a natural, human-centered form of communication bringing people together in meaningful ways, creating opportunities for open-ended dialogue, personal interaction and mutual respect.”
Teya Sepinuck held the first Rose Tajiri Artist Residency with ARTZ Philadelphia. A former dancer, Teya has a Masters Degree in Community Counseling from Villanova University, where she did her practicum working with creative process with those living with dementia. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Theatre of Witness model of performance that gives voice to those whose stories haven’t been heard in society. Teya has created and produced Theatre of Witness projects in the US, Poland and Northern Ireland, with prisoners and their families, survivors and perpetrators of abuse and violence, refugees, immigrants, elders, and those who have lived through war. Project participants perform their own stories, woven together with music, film and poetic imagery, enabling audiences to bear witness to stories of suffering, transformation and peace.
Teya is the recipient of the Philadelphia Human Rights Award for Arts and Culture from The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, a Local Hero Award from the Bank of America, as well as the Cultural Arts Award from Women’s Way and the Mayor’s Commission on Women. Her book Theatre of Witness – Finding the Medicine in Stories of Suffering, Transformation and Peace was published in 2013 by Jessica Kingsley Press.
Jenn Warpole was the lead artist for our new program ART(Z) Stops, which was piloted in early 2016 at the Muller Center. Jenn earned her Certificate in Painting as well as her Masters of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. First as a student and now as a practicing professional artist, she has experienced the astonishing capacity that art has to reveal the artist to herself as well as offering an unlimited outlet for self-expansion. Jenn is drawn to finding ways in which she can share this gift and tool with others.Jenn writes, “Having discovered ARTZ Philadelphia and the community it engages and serves, I am excited by the opportunity to experience and facilitate discovery with individuals living with memory loss.”