Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Slought Foundation

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • http://sloughtfoundation.org

Mission Statement

Slought Foundation (‘Sl-aw-t’) is a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia that engages the public in dialogue about cultural and socio-political change. We aspire to move beyond preservation or display, engaging the public in intimate dialogue about topical issues and shared concerns. In doing so, we collaborate with a range of partners including artists, communities, universities, and governments to encourage cultural inclusiveness and social activism.

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Service Areas

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International

Slought Foundation is based in Philadelphia, and undertakes public programs both locally and internationally.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2002

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Aaron Levy

Keywords

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public culture, dialogue, socio-political change, collaboration, communities, cultural inclusiveness, social activism.

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EIN

01-0754956

 Number

1865140486

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

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Overview

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At the start of the 21st century, conflict is inherent in culture itself. Slought Foundation is an experimental and responsive institution that acknowledges this uncertain status. 

As a grass-roots institution, we value collaboration and agility. In our first eight years, we have launched hundreds of exhibitions, educational programs, and research initiatives internationally and in Philadelphia, operating at the forefront of curatorial innovation in

North America. 

The name of our organization is derived from the word ‘slough’, and gestures towards ecological metaphors of rejuvenation and reinvention.

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Program 1

Our Philadelphia facility opened in October 2002 adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania, official partner on 40th Street Arts Corridor development. We have staged and recorded over 10 exhibitions and one hundred live events featuring prominent theorists, architects, visual artists and poets. Our events include film premiers, public lectures and concerts. Our online audio repository includes over 100 hours of recordings from this past events, and 50 hours of archival recordings from the 1960s. Our publishing division releases at least two new edited books each year.

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Service Areas

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International

Slought Foundation is based in Philadelphia, and undertakes public programs both locally and internationally.

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Principal Officer

Aaron Levy

BIO

Aaron Levy is the founding Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Slought Foundation(http://sloughtfoundation.org/) , which undertakes discursive projects that engage in contemporary debates about art, architecture, and social theory. Working across a variety of platforms and initiatives, Levy is known for his collaborative approach and interest in cultivating a critical and creative audience through public conversation about the arts. 

Levy has curated thematic exhibitions on the local level as well as internationally. Among these, Into the Open(http://labiennale.us/) , the official U.S. representation at La Biennale di Venezia (2008), explored America's rich history of architectural experimentation and community activism.  He is on the Department of English faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Besides developing outstanding programming that engages audiences in a responsive manner, this year we worked diligently to strengthen our organizational capacity and business operations. We completed a self-assessment process facilitated by consultants at LarsonAllen, LLP, and drafted the organization’s first Strategic Plan with faculty and students at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts accepted us into the Warhol Initiative, an invitational program designed to bolster the organizational capacity of small and mid-sized cultural institutions across the country. Organizations such as Slought Foundation, while historically under-funded, serve as vital breeding grounds for artistic experimentation and community engagement. Foundation funding helped us establish a capitalization program, access consultant services, and improve our physical infrastructure, including the construction of a conference room to strengthen an internal culture of planning and collaboration.

Engaging in intensive organizational self-reflection has also enabled us to negotiate a series of practical and philosophical questions. Among these, the necessity of a holistic relationship between cultural practice and administration has been of paramount significance. I am pleased to report that in the past fiscal year we have also made considerable progress in further developing good governance and fiduciary oversight, a technological infrastructure, and new programmatic models for public engagement. We are grateful to our funding partners, our board of directors and advisors, and our respected peers for their continued support during this reflexive period, and we look forward to sharing the results in the coming year.  -- Aaron Levy"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Aaron Levy

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