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Vox Populi Members on a Zoom Meeting, April 2020

Mission

Founded in 1988, Vox Populi is a contemporary art space and artist collective that works to support the challenging and experimental work of under-represented artists with monthly exhibitions, gallery talks, performances, lectures, and related programming. For three decades, Vox Populi has played a unique role in the cultural life of Philadelphia by bringing our audience a diverse range of programming and providing a supportive environment in which artists can take risks and gain valuable professional experience.

With a rotating membership and a commitment to working collectively, Vox Populi is a vital forum for the development and exchange of artistic ideas. Vox Populi’s comprehensive exhibition schedule includes solo shows of both member and guest artists, a curated video lounge, annual guest-curated shows, exchanges with peer organizations and group shows that provide critical exposure for under-represented artists.

Vox Populi is located on the 3rd Floor of 319 North 11th Street, in Philadelphia. Artist receptions are free and open to the public, and take place on the first Friday of each month, from 6–10pm.


Collective Values Statement

Over the Summer of 2020, the Collective Membership of Vox Populi came together to discuss the effects and influences on or within our organization of white supremacy, hetero-patriarchy, racist violence, state violence, economic inequality, and the corporate exploitation of labor, land, and environment, considering how these conditions plague the operations of the non-profit arts and culture sector more broadly. Our conversations resulted in the drafting of a 7-page Values Statement in August 2020, a document which outlines in detail our shared commitments and ambitions for making Vox Populi a more inclusive and equitable organization moving forward.

The Vox Populi Values Statement is a public document, available for PDF download, through which we seek to actively interrogate and transform our organization and its operations in an ongoing way. The document serves as a tool for guiding the choices and investments of current and future organizational leadership and membership, details specific commitments to annual anti-oppression training and conscientious decision-making, and provides a roadmap for how to hold one another accountable to the ongoing work of anti-oppression.


Non-Discrimination Policy

Vox Populi does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, members, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Vox Populi is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


History

Vox Populi was founded in 1988 by Ann Karlen (the original director from 1997-2000), Mark Forsythe, Jennie Shanker, Julie Marquart, Jennie Desnouee, Michael Frechette, and Beth Rhoades. Over beers at Dirty Franks, a loose-knit group of Philadelphia artists decided to call a citywide open meeting (publicized through posters, flyers, and word of mouth) to discuss non-existent artistic opportunities and to propose a remedy through self-organization. This first meeting for Vox occurred in a space located on the second floor of 622 S. 4th Street. At the meeting, Vox Populi was formed, and thirty members joined the new collective. Vox’s first location was a three-story building on 4th Street, just south of South Street. Vox moved to a four-story building on 2nd and Church Streets in 1991, and in 2001 moved to 1315 Cherry Street in the Gilbert Building (which housed the Fabric Workshop and Museum), before moving to the current location on 11th Street in 2007.


Contact and Hours

Vox Populi is open to the public Friday through Sunday from 12pm to 6pm, or by-appointment on other weekdays. Email vox@voxpopuligallery.org to schedule an appointment.

VOX POPULI
319 NORTH 11TH STREET
3RD FLOOR
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107
215-238-1236 TEL

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS
15 visitors at a time are permitted entry to our venue and all visitors are required to wear a mask over their mouth and nose at all times while on the premises. Visitors are encouraged to maintain 6-feet of distance between themselves and others while exploring the galleries. Complimentary hand-sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and paper masks are available to anyone who requests one.

Please note that while we at Vox Populi have taken measures to disinfect and sanitize our venue prior to re-opening to the public, our location is within a shared mixed-use office and studio building with several individuals coming and going each day. Visitors are required to wear masks upon entering the building and are encouraged to disinfect their hands upon entering Vox Populi on the 3rd floor with complimentary hand sanitizer.

Please ensure you are in good health before you arrive. If you have COVID-19, are asymptomatic, experiencing cold symptoms (coughing, sneezing, congestion, elevated temperature, etc.), or have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the past week, you will not be permitted access to the building. Those infected with the coronavirus must quarantine for 14 days before they can visit our exhibitions.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit to Vox Populi. Those visiting Vox Populi do so at their own risk of such exposure.

Vox Populi staff and visitors have the right to an environment free from abusive, threatening, or inappropriate behavior. Vox Populi reserves the right to remove any person acting in an unacceptable or inappropriate manner.

ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT
Please note that Vox Populi is located on the third floor of a historic warehouse building at 319 N. 11th Street and that there are five steps leading from the street-level to the first-floor landing where the passenger elevator picks-up/drops-off. The entry into/out of the elevator is 29-inches wide, so may not accommodate all wheelchairs or motorized chairs. Any individual requiring a ramp to navigate this entryway is encouraged to get in touch with Vox Populi ahead of time to coordinate ramp-access and discuss accessibility details. Our ramps may not be suitable for all wheelchairs or motorized chairs, so we strongly encourage anyone requiring a ramp to be in touch at: events@voxpopuligallery.org or 215.238.1236

Executive Director / General Information: director@voxpopuligallery.org
Gallery Appointments: vox@voxpopuligallery.org
Rentals: events@voxpopuligallery.org
Exhibitions: exhibitions@voxpopuligallery.org
Black Box (performance and live programs): blackbox@voxpopuligallery.org

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Danny Orendorff, Executive Director
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Yana Balson, Board President, Director of Exhibition Planning, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Carolyn Chernoff, Artist & Educator, Graduate Faculty, Moore College of Art & Design
James Claiborne, Curator of Public Programs, Barnes Foundation
Rafael Damast, Curator & Exhibitions Manager, Taller Puertorriqueño
Joe Ehrman-Dupre, Director of Individual Giving, Barnes Foundation
Chris Forsyth, Musician / Owner + Operator – Jerry’s On Front & Jerry’s II: music rehearsal studios & project space
Jesse Harrod, Visual Artist / Vox Alum / Head of Fibers & Material Studies, Tyler School of Art at Temple University
Anne Ishii, Writer / Artist / Executive Director, Asian Arts Initiative
Wit López, Artist / Cultural Organizer, Till Arts Project
Jesse Pires, Director & Curator, Lightbox Film Center
Lea Devon Sorrentino, Vox Collective Membership Board Representative
Joe Steinhardt, Owner & Co-Founder of Don Giovanni Records / Assistant Professor at Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University
Mark Stockton, Visual Artist / Vox Alum / Associate Teaching Professor at Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University
Roopa Vasudevan, Vox Collective Membership Board Representative

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