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March 2014

Leeway’s Board Member Rasheedah Phillips’ Novel Now Available

Leeway Foundation Board Member, Rasheedah Phillips recently published her first book, Recurrence Plot and Other Time Travel Tales. A release party will take place on Saturday, April 5 at 6:00pm at Yell Gallery. [learn more]

Printing Classes at CandyCoated Studio

Multi Media artist Candy Coated (WOO ’04, EAA ’99) will be facilitating printing classes at her CandyCoated Studio. [learn more]

Che Gossett’s NYC Events in April

Leeway Program Assistant, Che Gossett (ACG '11, '10) will be participating in two New York events in April. First Redefining Realness: A Salon in honor of Janet Mock on April 23 and Live Ideas: James Baldwin This Time on April 27. [learn more]

Nominate a Community Leader for the 2014 DARLA Awards

Since 2009, GALAEI has presented the DARLA to recognize an individual who shows leadership and works to improve the community in ways that align with their mission. This includes advancing the community through economic and leadership development, sexual empowerment, and grassroots organizing. [learn more]

Call for LGBTQ Artists

The William Way Community Center Art Gallery calls all emerging local artists 18 years of age or older of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer communities. Works must be submitted digitally and submissions are due by midnight on April 7, 2014. [learn more]

A Symposium on Mass Incarceration

As a follow up to the 2007 and 2012 Arts and Criminal Justice symposiums, and as the capstone to an ongoing art and community conversation project, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s Restorative Justice Department is planning a new symposium for Spring 2014. Moving Beyond the Wall: A Symposium on Mass Incarceration will take place on April 15 at the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society Community College of Philadelphia. [learn more]

Leeway’s Intern Kelcie Ulmer’s BFA thesis show opens April 25

Leeway's Communication Intern Kelcie Ulmer's BFA thesis show, Myth of Myself, opens Friday, April 25 at Solmsson Court at the University of the Arts' Hamilton Hall. Myth of Myself is a multimedia installation based on a fictional mythology, using digital photography, sculpture, and costuming. [learn more]

Betty Leacraft Exhibit and Hand Dye Workshop

Betty Leacraft (LTA '11, ACG '09, WOO '99) will be part of the group exhibition, "Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela", that celebrates his life and work. Betty's quilt art will premiere at the International Quilt Africa Convention in Johannesburg, South Africa and tour the United States for two years. Betty will also be offering three hand dyeing classes for adults at the Community Education Center this spring. [learn more]

Che Gossett screens Kiyoshi Kuromiya documentary March 20

Che Gossett (ACG ’11, ’10), Leeway's Program Assistant, will screen their documentary film Kiyoshi Kuromiya: A Queer of Color and AIDS Activist Inspiration, which examines the life and work of Philadelphia AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya on March 20 at Temple University's Annenberg Hall. [learn more]

Philly Queer Media presents films by Tiona McClodden

Philly Queer Media Series presents recent films by Philadelphia-based multi-media artist Tiona McClodden (ATR '12, LTA '09, ACG '07) about queer African American communities and politics. Sunday April 13 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street). [learn more]

Third Annual Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival Starts April 25

The Third Annual Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival, is the first and only annual film festival in the region to focus exclusively on the exhibition of Latin American, Latino film and media artists. This year, they are very excited to present a range of premieres, hard-hitting documentaries, shorts and digital media, from diverse cultures and geography, providing an array of perspectives from and about Latin America and the U.S. [learn more]

Philadelphia Book Festival features Dismantle

Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela (ACG '12, LTA '05) editor of the new anthology "Dismantle", will be reading along side, Mitchell S. Jackson and Cynthia Dewi Oka at the Philadelphia Book Festival on April 17. Dismantle is the first ever anthology of work from writers and teachers from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop for writers of color. Founded in 1999, VONA has nurtured over 2000 writers. The anthology features an introduction by co-founder and award winning author Junot Diaz. [learn more]

Grace Before Dying Exhibit at Main Line Art Center

Lori Waselcuk (LTA ’13) presents a selection of photographs from the "Grace Before Dying" project and quilts made by hospice caregivers incarcerated at the Louisiana State Penitentiary will be on exhibit at the Main Line Art Center (746 Panmure Road Haverford, PA) from February 20 – March 20. An artist talk and book signing will be held on Wednesday, March 19. [learn more]

Sundance Institute presents: Shorts Lab Philadelphia

Recognizing the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, Sundance Institute presents ShortsLab to help empower the next generation of artists. Filmmakers are invited to participate in this seminar of Sundance-organized panels and discussions to offer firsthand insight and access into the world of story development, production, working with cast and crew, and how to get the most out of making a short film. Sunday, March 16 from 10:00am-4:00pm at the International House. [learn more]

Nominate Someone for a 2015 Community Spirit Award

Each year, First Peoples Fund honors and celebrates exceptional American Indian artists who embody the collective spirit—that which manifests self-awareness and a sense of responsibility to sustain the cultural fabric of a community. First Peoples Fund chooses its Community Spirit Award honorees for their commitment to sustaining the cultural values of Native people. [learn more]

Call for Performers: BLENDER! 2014 Trans* Performance Showcase

Blender! Trans* Performance Showcase, the official performance for the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, is looking for performers! The performance take place on Saturday, June 14 as part of the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. This diverse show is looking for submissions focusing on trans* experiences, gender, identity, diversity, queerness, social justice, and community. Deadline: April 14 [learn more]

40th Street AIR is Now Accepting Applications

The 40th Street Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program awards West Philadelphia artists one year of free studio space at 40th & Chestnut Streets. In exchange, residents share their talents within West Philadelphia by leading workshops, teaching classes, exhibiting, etc. Founded in 2003 40th Street AIR addresses the need for studio space in West Philadelphia, assist artists with career development, and make the 40th Street area a nexus for visual arts. Deadline: May 19 [learn more]

New Works by Hiba Schahbaz at Twelve Gates Arts

Twelve Gates Arts presents a solo exhibition by Pakistani-American artist, Hiba Schahbaz. The current series titled "American Beauty" - of mostly miniatures featuring a solitary, nude female figure - is concerned with self-identification, although Schahbaz does not consider them to be self-portraits in a strict or autobiographical sense. On view now through April 14. [learn more]

NALAC Announces Transnational Cultural Remittances Grant Program

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) announces Transnational Cultural Remittances Grant Program (TCR). Launched in 2008 with support from the Ford Foundation, the TCR grant program supports exemplary cultural exchanges that promote grassroots artistic collaboration and strengthen social networks between the United States, Mexico and Central America. Deadline: March 27 [learn more]

The Soapbox, West Philadelphia’s Printmaking Studio Seeking New Members

The Soapbox, West Philadelphia's printmaking studio and independent publishing center, is seeking new members at both work exchange and paid membership levels. The Soapbox is open four times a month for member use of screenprinting, letterpress, and etching press facilities, as well as use of bookbinding tools. [learn more]

Placemaking: The Artist’s Role

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at The University of the Arts and Flying Kite present, "Placemaking: The Artist's Role" Thursday, March 27 th at 5:30pm at The Gershman Hall (Chapel 401 South Broad). This conversation will explore the role of artist as placemaker, the social responsibility of working outside of the studio and the benefit of involving artists to define, create or alter place. This session is free for UArts students and alumni (with ID) and $12.00 general admission [learn more]

Celebrating Latina/o Playwrights March 22

Philadelphia's theatre community teams up with NoPassport for a day celebrating Latina/o playwrights on March 30. [learn more]

Denise Valentine presents a storytelling a companion to Bonnie Mettler’s exhibit

Denise Valentine (WOO '04) presents a storytelling a companion to Bonnie Mettler’s exhibition of paintings entitled "My Racial Ignorance" at Muse Gallery, March 29. [learn more]

11th Annual Women & Influence Conference

Join Women’s Way for the 11th Annual Women & Influence Conference, Saturday, March 15 from 9:00am-3:30pm at Moore College of Art & Design (20th St. and the Parkway). Women & Influence: Media Justice is a free conference that will explore the use of media content, activism and policy/advocacy work to advance social change for women and girls. [learn more]

Comedic Play Dear Diary, Bye

Ellie Brown’s (WOO ’04) new comedy play Dear Diary, Bye is coming to the Skinner Studio (1714 Delancey Place, 3rd floor) from April 4-13. A humorous juxtaposition between a male voice and a girl’s thoughts, Dear Diary, Bye is based on the diary of nine-year old Ellie Brown from 1984, with a twist. [learn more]

Audre Lorde: A Burst of Light Symposium

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Center for Black Literature will partner with The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy, MEC’s English Department and the Center for Women’s Development to pay tribute to the legacy of the feminist poet and writer Audre Lorde on Saturday, March 22 at Medgar Evers College, Founders Auditorium (1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY). Featuring Keynote Speaker Angela Davis. [learn more]

5,000 Women Festival in Philadelphia

Held in honor of Women’s History Month, the 5,000 Women Festival brings together female artists from a diverse array of disciplines, backgrounds, and ages for a not-to-be-missed evening of entertainment. Saturday, March 29th at the Philadelphia Ethical Society (1906 Rittenhouse Square) [learn more]

Calling All Philadelphia Artists!

Through generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation is pleased to announce a call for entries to area artists to submit proposals to produce fully developed artistic designs to be installed in the future in five neighborhood libraries throughout the city, as part of the Free Library’s 21st Century Libraries Initiative. Deadline: March 24 [learn more]