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REVOLVE: An Art for Social Change Symposium (Philadelphia)


In honor of the Leeway Foundation’s 20th anniversary and Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) coming to Philadelphia, we invite you to join us on Saturday, October 5, for a day-long event that will convene artists, activists, cultural workers, organizers, scholars, and community leaders to celebrate examples from the past two decades where artists and cultural producers have connected their practice to social change movements.

The day will consist of a keynote presentation, three plenary sessions, and pop-up performances. Session topics include: “Claiming Space: Community to Museum”, “Embedded in Community: What Is Social Practice?” and “Hybridism: Artists as Activists”. The keynote and plenary sessions will take place at Temple Contemporary (2001 N. 13th Street). A reception and program of performances produced in collaboration with the Race Peace project and GIA will take place at Asian Arts Initiative (1219 Vine Street).

Participants include: anonymous bodies (Kate Watson-Wallace and Jaamil Kosoko), visual artist and filmmakerBayeté Ross Smith, writer/cultural organizer Jeff Chang, visual artist Jesus Barraza, dancer/musician Germaine Ingram (ACG '12, LTA '08)composer and activist Imani Uzuri, musician/filmmaker Invincible, visual artist Melanie Cervantes, photographer and activist, Mia Nakano, Executive Director, Lambent Foundation Michelle Coffey, visual artist Pepón OsorioPigeon Presents, (Alyesha Wise and Jacob Winterstein) Executive Director-Tucson Pima Arts Council Roberto Bedoya,curator/scholar/filmmaker Roya Rastegar.

Visual artist/organizer Favianna Rodriguez will give the keynote address and the day will be hosted by scholar/producer Yaba Blay (ACG '10) with a special message from philosopher/activist Grace Lee Boggs.

The event is free but you must RSVP.