13 homegrown DNC events to get you hype for democracy - Generocity Philly


Jul. 19, 2016 12:16 pm

13 homegrown DNC events to get you hype for democracy

The Democratic National Convention is happening next week, people. These will help you make the most of it.

She'll be here, too.

(Photo by Mitchell Leff for the City of Philadelphia)

T minus six days ’til the DNC. Are you ready?

If not, planning to attend these events next week will prep you for four days of straight-up civic engagement. As Young Involved Philadelphia President Nick Marzano put it at our recent democracy-themed meetup: “Come celebrate with local people who give a shit about democracy.” Cheers to that.


  • DNC Host Committee’s PoliticalFest — Seven major cultural institutions, including the National Constitution Center, the National Liberty Museum and the Philadelphia History Museum, are collab’ing on this nonpartisan festival of events, exhibits and political games (“Celebrity PoliticalFeud”?!). Various sites, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Wednesday, July 27, $15. 


  • Comittee of Seventy’s Girls and Boys on the Bus — This candid conversation will go behind the scenes of campaign reporting with journalists from Time, NPR, Real Clear Politics, CNN and Washington PostPipeline at the Graham Building, 6 p.m., $15. 
  • Urban Philly Professional Network’s AfroLatinX: An Art, Music and Culture Mixer — This party serves a dual purpose: to kick off the DNC, and to celebrate the African American Museum of Philadelphia’s 40th anniversary. Guests can view the museum’s current exhibition on the prison complex, “Arresting Patterns: Perspectives on race, criminal justice, artistic expression and community.” African American Museum in Philadelphia, 4 to 7 p.m., free.




  • Young Involved Philadelphia’s StorySlam: Inside the Political Machine — Have a great story about a political mishap? Or perhaps about the moment you realized you’d make an awesome politician? Or about a time you found yourself front and center with your political idol? Share it at this storytelling event, where former major John Street will supposedly be telling his own tale. Johnny Brenda’s, 6:30 p.m., $18. 
  • Ride DNC — Celebrate the political process with this slow-moving, nonpartisan ride down Broad Street, ending with a party outside the Wells Fargo CenterBeginning at Broad Street and Cheltenham Avenue, 7:30 p.m., free.
  • Make Art Philly — With a ton of community partners in tow, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is hosting this voting-themed art-making event featuring a variety of media. Collaging with the Dumpster Divers of Philadelphia stands out, because it is both extremely exciting and disorienting that Philly has a group for dumpster diving enthusiastsThe center courtyard of City Hall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free. 

THURSDAY, JULY 28 (a late addition to this list)

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