Cultureshare is a free, subscription-based program that curates and distributes locally produced art, music, writing, and performance in conversation with existing holdings of the Free Library.

Our objectives include removing the financial and logistical barriers traditionally needed to consume art, highlighting voices of culture makers across diverse communities, encouraging engagement with the Free Library as a cultural institution, and supporting working artists in Philadelphia through funding and exposure.

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Judges Bios

  • Robert Blackson is Director of Temple Contemporary at Tyler School of Art. Robert initiated Temple Contemporary in 2011 after moving to Philadelphia from the UK where he was curator of public programs at Nottingham Contemporary and curator of the Baltic Center for Contemporary in Gateshead/Newcastle. At Temple Contemporary, he has directed a range of projects including Funeral for a Home, Restoring Ideals, and now Symphony for a Broken Orchestra.

  • Patrick Rapa is an arts and entertainment journalist in Philadelphia. For 14 years, he was the music editor at Philadelphia City Paper. He currently freelances for several publications including and Magnet magazine.

  • Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Marta Sanchez is deeply inspired by traditional Mexican folk art expressions. She earned a MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University and a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms Sanchez teaches at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, St. Joseph University, and the Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy.

  • Judith Tannenbaum has curated numerous exhibitions focusing on painting, sculpture, video, and interdisciplinary work – with a particular interest in connections between visual art and performance and relationships among fine art, craft, and design. She held senior positions at the Institute of Contemporary Art (1986 to 2000) and the RISD Museum (2000-2013). Tannenbaum's recent curatorial projects include the exhibitions Framing Fraktur: Word & Image at the Free Library of Philadelphia (2015) and Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie at the Barnes Foundation (2017).

  • Yolanda Wisher is the author of the poetry collection Monk Eats an Afro and the co-editor of the anthology Peace is a Haiku Song. Currently the 3rd Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, Wisher is a 2015 Pew Fellow and a 2016 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence. She founded and directed the Germantown Poetry Festival (2006-2010), served as Director of Art Education for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (2010-2015), and worked as a Cultural Agent and Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (2014-2016).

The Free Library is grateful to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for their support of this project.

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