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Philadelphia is a city of murals and sculptures, of poets and theater, of its own sound, pop-ups and a scene that is two parts improvisation and three parts homegrown social impact.
The intersection of social justice and the arts creates a particularly rich and varied space in our city and region.
It’s in evidence in recent Pew Center for Arts and Heritage project grant recipients like Asian Art Initiative‘s Active/ism, which explores the intersections of art, sport, and queer identity in the work of print artist and professional skateboarder Jeffrey Cheung; or Voices from Broad Street Ministry: A Film Storytelling Project, created by filmmaker and Pew Fellow Glenn Holsten with collaboration from people experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia; or the People’s Light production of Mushroom, new play by Eisa Davis that considers the immigrant experience through stories of a Chester County Philadelphia mushroom farming community.
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It’s also evinced by Leeway Foundation‘s art and change grantees. like Anissa Weintraub, who will “co-create a piece of original theater with Philadelphia-based educators and students to explore their experiences of the dehumanization of schooling and their visions for educational transformation,” or Ebony Welch, whose “photo-voice project will capture every day ‘beautiful experiments’ of black and brown youth experience within their lives.”
Check back in later this afternoon for a guest column by Lorelei Gauthier, who is also a founding member of the Technology Learning Collaborative (Philadelphia’s first professional development association for digital literacy providers) about the intersection of art and profession
And in coming days look for a piece about the recent TEDX Philadelphia Salon on Social Justice and the Arts, and columns by YallaPunk‘s Rana Fayez, Taller Puertorriqueño’s Carmen Febo, a member of the teen council of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and much, much more.
Is there an individual or organization working in the social justice arts space who you think deserves a shout-out? Send us their name and your reason for nominating them, so we can compile a list to be published at the end of Social Justice and the Arts month.
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