What is PACE?
PACE (Public Art Community Engagement) Neighbors is a 1.5-year grant-funded program designed to support a cohort of local artists in making temporary public art projects to engage Lancaster city residents in discovering the connections between art and civic government.
PACE Neighbors is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; Franklin & Marshall College; The City of Lancaster’s Comprehensive Plan, the Lancaster County Community Foundation; the High Family Foundation; and the Rick and Gail Gray Fund.
“PACE Neighbors will be key to creatively connecting our community to our comprehensive planning process. I am excited to see local artists bring their talents to these conversations.”
— Mayor Danene Sorace
Meet the PACE Artists
Working in the realm of sculpture, Matty Geez’s pieces are three dimensional but maintain a kinship to two-dimensional works. Some are truly free standing while others are meant to be displayed on a wall, even though their surface has a relief quality. His works verge on the edge of fantastic while holding onto familiar botanical shapes. Juxtaposition of hard and soft along with the use of color explores gender identities and breaking the binary. He relocated to Lancaster from Philadelphia in early 2021 and has worked with Arch Enemy Gallery, Curio Gallery, The Philadelphia International Airport, PCA&D, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and Philadelphia Mural Arts.
In today’s era of instant gratification and digital access to information, impacting the minds of many and distracting those same minds seem parallel. The year 2020 has exposed many things, as well as encouraged the everyday person(s) to think for themselves and act in ways, which they believe is morally sound. From protests to politics, from quarantines to vaccines, so much has happened and is still happening, while much is still overlooked. I, Sir Dominique Jordan, have chosen to blend my passion of spoken word poetry and Hip-Hop culture with my purpose of educating the next generation of leaders and creatives with the intent to inspire social change and/or shed light on a worthy cause. This one in particular, being more about action and artistry combined, Artivism to be exact. The Block Rite program was developed to beautify Lancaster City, build neighborly relationships, and empower young children and adults in a brand new way. I would love to use this opportunity to innovatively showcase the work we have been doing with a video project and theatrical public demonstration of a “Flash Mob Clean Up” in conjunction with our Block Rite anthem.
Photo: Jazz White Collective
Libby is a practicing artist and designer focused on social and community issues in Lancaster, PA. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in history, then went on to study design and art direction at the Creative Circus in Atlanta, GA. She headed west to California, worked at interactive design studios in Santa Barbara and San Francisco, then co-founded Half-Full, an award-winning design studio dedicated to providing creative communications strategies for environmental and social organizations. In 2012, Libby opened Modern Art, a storefront studio on West Chestnut Street to initiate socially engaged projects of public outreach. She works with other artists, neighbors, and community organizations on art and design projects that address issues such as climate change, voter registration, technology, education and arts advocacy. All use elements of surprise, curiosity, empathy, and humor to encourage us to confront complex issues from a new perspective and inspire actions that allow us all to live better, collectively, in our community.
Shauna Yorty is a multi-disciplinary artist planting seeds and building connections in Lancaster City. She grows food, medicine, art, and community in the Southeast neighborhood of Mussertown.
Teatro Paloma is a Lancaster-based Latinx theatre company that seeks to represent the rich cultural identities and talents of the Latinx population through plays and originally devised works in both English and Spanish. Our company strives to be a creative hub to equip generations of Latinx performers for the purposes of supporting individual members and shaping our surrounding arts community. We also provide artistic opportunities and connections for all artists of color, and we value the inclusion of all BIPOC in a safe artistic space that nurtures the growth, healing, and dreams of its members and communities.
Teatro Paloma champions the power of storytelling as a unifying force that can build bridges between people. We seek to showcase and celebrate the diverse experiences of our community for all audiences. Founded in 2015 as Paloma Players, Teatro Paloma has produced six mainstage productions, two virtual productions, one community talent show, and partnered with the Spanish American Civic Association, Millersville University, CreativeWorks of Lancaster, The Ware Center, Susquehanna Stage, and Station Once Center for the Arts. Our work has been attended by over 500 local audience members, and our April 2021 virtual production ¡Looking Bilingüe! had audiences from across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Germany and Spain. Our company proudly introduces the works of award-winning Latinx playwrights such as Quiara Alegría Hudes, Nilo Cruz, and Lisa Loomer to Central PA, and our upcoming season will include the regional premieres of Miss You Like Hell and Swimming While Drowning.
Teatro Paloma company members: José Guillermo Rodríguez-Plaza, Maria Soyla Enriquez, Ian Sánchez-Herasme, Katherine Rodriguez, Lourden Gutierrez, Jade Cintrón-Baez (not pictured) and artistic associates: Kelly Rodríguez-Plaza, Germain Aponte, Shakira Villa, Zuleika Miranda, Angelica Santiago, and others (not pictured).
As a cohort, these artists will have opportunities to connect with other practicing artists and various resources to augment their own work. Information gleaned through the community-based projects will inform the city’s upcoming comprehensive plan, while contributing to neighborhood pride and sense of place.
The program has four main goals to accomplish over the course of the residencies:
- Form a diverse cohort of five (5) local artists with various levels of formal arts training who have a desire to extend their studio practice into the public realm.
- Support the implementation and professional development of the artist cohort in creating temporary public art projects.
- Introduce the Program Artists to local community organizations for potential partnership and to assist the Program Artists in honing their social practice, presentation, communication, and other similar skills by providing them access to and training with visiting artists and other experts.
- Display the program Artists’ work in the Residency as part of a larger scale temporary public art installation and exhibition to be held at the Winter Visual Arts Center on the Franklin & Marshall College campus at the culmination of the one-year program period.
Phase 1: Onboarding & Asset Mapping — December 2021–January 2022
Phase 2: Workshops — January–March 2022
Phase 3: Discoveries — March–July 2022
Phase 4: Exhibit Planning — September–December 2022
The artists were selected by a committee of arts professionals, artists, community leaders, and two members of the Public Art Advisory Board. The Public Art Community Engagement Manager served as a non-voting member and facilitator of the process.
Artist Selection Toolkit (PDF)
- Lancaster City initiative seeking artists for program connecting art and community engagement (8/11/21)
- PACE Neighbors program puts out a call for resident artists; here’s how to apply (8/13/21)
- 5 Lancaster city artists chosen to make engaging, temporary city art projects (1/7/22)
- Artists Named For PACE Neighbors Program (1/12/22)