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upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

October 2017

Warrior Writers Celebrates its 10th Birthday with Weekend-Long Events

Warrior Writers celebrates its 10th Birthday from November 17-19 with a happy hour, poetry reading, and party at various Center City locations.   [learn more]

Cynthia Dewi Oka Launches New Book, Salvage

Cynthia Dewi Oka (ACG '16) hosts a book launch for her newest work, Salvage, on December 1 at the Asian Arts Initiative. Salvage is a collection of poems that explores the question "how do we transform the wreckage of our identities?" [learn more]

First Friday Juerga

Join Pasión y Arte on November 3, 7:30 - 11:00 PM for a flamenco-inspired jam session. First Friday Juerga is free and open to all. Everyone is encouraged to participate as we dance, sing, play music and enjoy each other's company in a festive and artistic environment. BYOB and bring snacks to share! [learn more]

Disability Work-Rights Info Session

On October 25, Reverend Michelle Simmons, CEO/President of Why Not Prosper, leads a free, one day conference on disability work-rights for people on SSI who want to work. [learn more]

Día de los Muertos Vigil and Altar Celebration

Día de los Muertos Vigil and Altar Celebration

Join Fleisher Art Memorial and the official Día de los Muertos committee Calaca Flaca (Skinny Skeleton)--which includes Ana Guissel Palma (ACG '17, '15, '11) and Erika Guadalupe Núñez (ACG '17, '15)--as they hold their fifth Día de los Muertos celebration. With a theme of the Mayan Afterworld, it begins with a series of workshops focused on the traditional Mexican holiday and concludes with two altar celebrations, a vigil, and a procession through South Philadelphia. [learn more]

Destiny Estimate by MJ Kaufman Now Playing

Destiny Estimate by MJ Kaufman Now Playing

Destiny Estimate is a new play by MJ Kaufman (ACG '13) about fate, life and possibility through movement, mythology, storytelling, and song. It runs October 19 - 29, 2017 at Christ Church Neighborhood House. [learn more]

Remembering Gwendolyn Brooks

The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Art Sanctuary, and Moonstone Arts Center present Remembering Gwendolyn Brooks on October 29 at the African American Museum. The event features readings from We Real Cool: Philadelphia Celebrates Gwendolyn Brooks and an informal discussion honoring her centennial with Herman Beavers, Margo Natalie Crawford, Sonia Sanchez, and Lamont B. Steptoe. [learn more]

Santa Fe Art Institute Announces its Equal Justice Residents

Santa Fe Art Institute Announces its Equal Justice Residents

Michelle Angela Ortiz (WOO '17, ACG '13, '12, '05, LTA '08) is an Equal Justice Resident at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI). From September 2017 through August 2018, SFAI will bring together over 80 artists, creative practitioners, and content experts from all over the world to Santa Fe to investigate the theme of Equal Justice. [learn more]

OACCE Launches Calls for Creative Spaces and Talent to Support the Arts in Action Initiative

OACCE Launches Calls for Creative Spaces and Talent to Support the Arts in Action Initiative

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) launches a call for artists and performers and owners of creative spaces to participate in its Arts in Action Initiative, which connects arts programming with unique neighborhood spaces. Philadelphians can submit locations to the Call for Creative Spaces or respond to the Call for Creative Talent. [learn more]

Pirate Jenny's Conspiracy

Pirate Jenny’s Conspiracy

Pirate Jenny, the vindictive heroine dreamed up in Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, sails into the 21st century as a modern-day poet and blueswoman. On November 5 at International House, Yolanda Wisher (ACG '08), Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, imagines this retelling, inspired by Nina Simone’s powerful 1964 cover of the iconic song. Musing on black love and rage, civil rights, and the meaning of womanhood, Wisher presents a can't-miss, tour-de-force performance. [learn more]

Feast of Fools: The Point of No Return

Feast of Fools: The Point of No Return

This Halloween, join Donna Oblongata (ACG '16, '14) and a cast of clowns for an immersive performance that brings you into the world beyond this one while celebrating the painfully human journeys we all take on our way there. Feast of Fools: The Point of No Return happens on October 30 and 31, 7:00 PM at Cobbs Creek Rec Center. [learn more]

My Favorite Scene I Didn't Write

My Favorite Scene I Didn’t Write

On November 4 at Prince Theater, join local filmmakers as they share movie scenes so clever and thematically rich, so moving and profound, that they wish they'd written them. Heidi Saman (WOO '17, LTA '09) and other panelists will share tricks of the trade and will join audience members in a discussion about the craft of screenwriting. [learn more]

Abington Art Center Lecture Series: Diane Burko

Abington Art Center Lecture Series: Diane Burko

Join Abington Art Center on October 25, 7:00 - 9:00 PM for a Lecture Series presentation by Diane Burko (BBA '00). Diane will share her evolution from landscape artist, working primarily as a painter, to “scientifically” knowledgeable landscape activist collaborating with glaciologists researching climate change. [learn more]

Ife Nii Owoo unveils "Ready: A Pathway for Hope" at the re-opening of Logan Library

Grand Re-opening Celebration of Logan Library

Ife Nii Owoo (ACG '07) unveils Ready: A Pathway for Hope at the re-opening of Logan Library on November 4 at 1:00 PM. Owoo's artwork includes text by Trapeta Mayson (ACG '14, LTA '07). [learn more]

Webinar: Telling Compelling Stories via Digital Experiences

Webinar: Telling Compelling Stories via Digital Experiences

Wondering what goes into telling a captivating story? Are you ready to learn how you can use digital technology to enhance your storytelling? On November 21 at 3:00 PM, join a free webinar led by Interactive Mechanics to learn about low-cost and free tools to help you tell your stories digitally. [learn more]

Hurry Up and Wait Exhibition at Asian Arts Initiative

Hurry Up and Wait Exhibition at Asian Arts Initiative

Maria Dumlao (ACG '17) has work included in exhibition Hurry Up and Wait at Asian Arts Initiative. The show is curated by Adriel Luis and is on view Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm from now until December 15. [learn more]

Misty Sol creates a mural for the Musical Garden Program at Bluford Elementary

Misty Sol creates a mural for the Musical Garden Program at Bluford Elementary

Misty Sol (LTA '16, ACG '16, '11, '07, '06) unveiled an afrofuturistic impression of two Philadelphia legends, astronaut Guion Bluford and music great Kenny Gamble, in the atrium of Universal Charter School, Bluford Elementary, at 58th and Master Street in West Philadelphia as a part of their musical garden program. [learn more]

Textiles as Social Commentary With Betty Leacraft

Textiles as Social Commentary With Betty Leacraft

On November 5, 1:00 - 3:00 PM at the Paul Robeson Stage of the Perelman Building, join Betty Leacraft (ACG ‘16, ‘14, ‘09, LTA ‘11, WOO ‘99) and more Philadelphia Assembled fiber/textile collaborators, including Mayada (WOO '17, ACG '16) and Lynda Grace Black (WOO '01), for an informal conversation about their work. [learn more]

Artist Patricia Goodrich Here and Haiti!

Artist Patricia Goodrich Here and Haiti!

Patricia Goodrich (WOO '04, '03) exhibits paintings at the Matossian Eye offices in Pennington's hospital and the International Art Ability exhibition at Bryn Mawr Hospital in November. Goodrich will be in residence at the Promart International Arts symposium in Port au-Prince, Haiti. [learn more]

Judaica: Embodied Laboratory for Songwork

Judaica: Embodied Laboratory for Songwork

The Judacia project, a laboratory for a new embodied technique, comes to Philadelphia on October 18. At FringeArts, Lela Aisha Jones (LTA '15) and Ezra Berkley Nepon (LTA '14, ACG '07) participate on a panel discussion concerning the politics of identity, and the body as archive in the digital era, moderated by Nicole Bindler (ACG '15). Presented by the Institute for Somatics and Social Justice and co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace. [learn more]

Amplifying our Voices: Empowerment through Poetry and Community

On October 18 at 6:30 PM, join host Trapeta Mayson (ACG '14, LTA '07), Yolanda Wisher (ACG '08), and others at the Germantown Friends Free Library for an evening of poetry with an open mic to follow. Suggested donation is $5-10 online or cash at the door, benefitting Women In Transition. [learn more]

GIA Job Opportunities

GIA Job Opportunities

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) is relocating its offices to New York City and is seeking to hire several staff positions. Under the leadership of Eddie Torres, president & CEO, GIA will begin reviewing applications on November 17 and all positions will remain open until filled. [learn more]

Hurry Up and Wait Curator's Talk with Adriel Luis

Hurry Up and Wait Curator’s Talk with Adriel Luis

Join Asian Arts Initiative and curator Adriel Luis this First Friday, November 3, for an in-depth look at their current exhibition surrounding immigration, Hurry Up and Wait. [learn more]

Philadelphia Assembled

Philadelphia Assembled

Mary DeWitt's portrait of Sharon Wiggins, a female juvenile lifer who died in 2013, is on exhibit in Philadelphia Assembled at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Perelman Building, along with the work of many other past Leeway grantees, through December 10. [learn more]

Water Ways and the River's Timeline

Water Ways and the River’s Timeline

What stories do the rivers have to tell? Join Bri Barton and Meg Lemieur on December 2, 2:00 PM at the Perelman Building (2540 Meredith Street) for an afternoon in which we explore the rights, struggles, and victories of our region's water and all who depend upon it. [learn more]

Ants on a Log Free Concert!

Ants on a Log Free Concert!

Ants on a Log plays a free show at the Walnut Street Free Library of Philadelphia (201 S. 40th St.) on November 18 at 2:30 PM. Bring your kids, bring your adults! [learn more]

AfroFuturist Affair Costume Ball

AfroFuturist Affair Costume Ball

Join Philadelphia Museum of Art on October 27 for a celebration of AfroFuturist and Black speculative music, design, art, and creativity. Come dressed to impress in your best sci-fi and AfroFuturist fashions for a night of imagination, art, and activism. This evening has been envisioned by Black Quantum Futurism (Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips) and is presented as part of Philadelphia Assembled. [learn more]

Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab Call for Submissions

Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab Call for Submissions

The public call for submissions for the Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab is open. Submissions are due by October 18, 2017 for the 2018 Lab. [learn more]

Flores de Libertad (Flowers of Freedom) Artist Workshops

Flores de Libertad (Flowers of Freedom) Artist Workshops

Join artist Michelle Angela Ortiz (WOO '17, ACG '13, '12, '05, LTA '08) at the Monument Lab Research Field Office at the Barnes Foundation for a series of free paper flower workshops, as a part of Seguimos Caminando (We Keep Walking). Over a thousand flowers will be created and assembled in a creative action at City Hall in late October with the Shut Down Berks Coalition. [learn more]

Women (trans and cis) + Non-Binary Artists in Tech Happy Hour

Women (trans and cis) + Non-Binary Artists in Tech Happy Hour

Mina Zarfsaz (ACG '17) convenes a Women (trans and cis) + Non-Binary Artists in Tech Happy Hour on October 13. Join a conversation about where women (trans and cis) and non-binary artists/makers stand in their creative practice and professional endeavors. [learn more]

MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute 2018 Open Call for Festival/Symposium

MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute 2018 Open Call for Festival/Symposium

Skidmore College’s John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) Storytellers’ Institute will host a weekend-long Documentary Festival/Symposium in June 2018 on the theme of Surveil/Surveilled. They seek proposals for film screenings, artist talks, performances, panels, conversations, workshops, and papers on the intersections between documentary and surveillance. Deadline: December 15. [learn more]

Fighting Islamophobia through Arts, Advocacy, and Analysis

Fighting Islamophobia through Arts, Advocacy, and Analysis

Sara Zia Ebrahimi (LTA '14, ACG '13, '09) moderates a panel on Fighting Islamophobia through Arts, Advocacy, and Analysis at Asian Arts Initiative on Saturday, November 11. Free and open to the public. [learn more]

Upcoming Teaching Artist Workshops at Bartol Foundation

Upcoming Teaching Artist Workshops at Bartol Foundation

Lisa Nelson-Haynes (ACG '15) and Michelle Angela Ortiz (WOO '17, ACG '13, '12, '05, LTA '08) will both lead several teaching artist workshops at Bartol Foundation this month. [learn more]

Khmer Classical Dance Master Class with Lanica

Khmer Classical Dance Master Class with Lanica Angpak

Join Cambodian American Girls Empowering for a Khmer Classical Dance Master Class with Lanica Angpak (LTA '15) on Sunday, October 29. [learn more]

The Philadelphia Design Center Hosts Open Hours in October

The Philadelphia Design Center Hosts Open Hours in October

The Philadelphia Design Center provides advanced software technology and textile facilities to assist in the creation process for designers. It hosts open hours every Wednesday in October. Reserve a time and take advantage of its resources and space for free! [learn more]

Practice and Performance Lab with Leah Stein

Practice and Performance Lab with Leah Stein

Leah Stein (ACG '17, WOO '02, '99) presents a weekend Practice and Performance Lab on October 13 and 14 at The Art Room. Enter a creative process with Leah Stein’s thread of research that integrates body, voice, song, movement and rhythm. [learn more]

Art as Remedy in “Urgent Care: A Social Care Experience”

Art as Remedy in “Urgent Care: A Social Care Experience”

Karl Surkan (ACG '07) profiles the recent guided tour at The Colored Girls Museum, Urgent Care: A Social Care Experience, for ThINKingDANCE. Featuring Vashti Dubois (ACG '16, '12, LTA '06) and Nkechi (ACG '17). [learn more]

Bodies as Statements (2016), Sarah Castillo (NFA '16)

NFA Grant Deadline Extension for Latinx Artists

The deadline for the NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures) Fund for the Arts (NFA) grant has been extended to Monday, October 16, 2017, 11:59 PM Central Time. An additional NALAC grant opportunity for artists and organizations residing in Puerto Rico will be announced soon with a deadline in early 2018. [learn more]

Jewish Voice for Peace Presents Sukkos (Shpil) in the Park with Judy

Jewish Voice for Peace Presents Sukkos (Shpil) in the Park with Judy

Jewish Voice for Peace Philadelphia members and friends bring you a performance/ritual to celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot, observe the ritual transition of havdalah (end of sabbath), and make collective commitments to each other as strength for the journey. [learn more]

Girls Rock Philly Seeks Instructors for After School Program

Girls Rock Philly Seeks Instructors for After School Program

Girls Rock Philly seeks instructors who can teach bass, guitar, drums, keyboards or other digital music tools in group lessons, or support students as they experiment with writing original music, and provide support for final performances at our showcase. We're committed to creating safer spaces for girls, trans girls, young people of color as they create, express and explore, and are looking for facilitators who share that commitment. [learn more]

Fetish Bones by Camae Ayewa.

Poetry Reading by Saretta Morgan and Camae Ayewa

On Wednesday, October 4 at 6:00 PM, join Institute of Contemporary Art for a poetry reading by Saretta Morgan and Camae Ayewa (LTA '15, ACG '07), organized by Amber Rose Johnson and Davy Knittle (ACG '17) and co-sponsored by the Poetry and Poetics Working Group, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania. The reading will be presented in the first-floor exhibition Speech/Acts. [learn more]