Join Leeway Foundation on December 8 to welcome writer and cultural organizer Adrienne Maree Brown for Emergent Strategies: Speculative Fiction & Radical Organizing–a lively conversation inspired by the work of visionary, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction author Octavia Butler. This discussion will explore the visionary qualities of science/speculative fiction with radical community organizing practice using Butler’s work.
Butler’s writing in The Parable series and other works instigates and provokes new thinking about how we can bring into being the kind of society that we want and expands what we might imagine. Through her protagonists, Butler illustrated adaptive, intuitive, shared leadership in practice. This recurrent theme, dubbed “Emergent Strategy,” will be a key focus of the afternoon’s discussion.
Emergent Strategies will take place on Sunday, December 8 from 1:30pm–3:30pm at Art Sanctuary (628 S 16th St).
The event is free but you must RSVP here or call 215-545-4078 x17
Have you been interested in traveling to Israel an the occupied Palestine territory? Interfaith Peace Builders and the American Friends Service Committee is sponsoring another peace delegation from May 31-June 13, 2014 and are now accepting applications for participants and scholarship funding to cover the costs for a few individuals.
“This delegation will explore current realities of life for Israelis and Palestinians, including settlements, the occupation, and the peace process—by learning directly from those living there. We will also explore issues relevant to young people in the region, including efforts to educate and empower future generations working towards a just resolution to the conflict. Our itinerary will feature meetings with leaders of civil society groups, grassroots organizers, Palestinian and Israeli youth, religious leaders and more.”
For more information click here.
For those for whom this is relevant:
Artists U/Philadelphia is hosting a workshop/discussion Monday, December 2, on Artists Raising Kids. It’s for artists raising kids and artists who are thinking of raising kids. There’s free childcare at the event! More details are available at http://artistsu.org/philadelphia/
If you are a parent, they are asking that if you can fill out this two-question survey to help them gather material for the workshop: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KXG3VP2
I’m cutting it a little short posting this since the deadline is end of the day today–but just in case it’s useful to my network of people trying to do good at local nonprofits: Philly Give & Get is collecting ideas for a list of gifts that people can buy from local nonprofits. If your nonprofit has art objects, books, etc that you sell, this is a great way to get some free promotion!
To be included, email lansie [at] phillygiveandget.org by today, November 25th, and include:
- Name of Gift
- Name of Organization it Supports
- Price and Where to Purchase
- Brief Description
Here’s an example:
Peace is a Haiku Song (BOOK)
City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
The multi-faceted and intergenerational Peace is a Haiku Song project is the brainchild of two Philadelphia living legends— the city’s first poet laureate Sonia Sanchez and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s Executive Director Jane Golden. This anthology documents the project through 200+ haiku, photographs, interviews, and essays by Sanchez, Golden, Gary Steuer, and M. Nzadi Keita. Edited by Sonia Sanchez and Yolanda Wisher.
My friend and creative collaborator Naima Lowe was recently featured in Colorlines for her newest creative project! Thirty-Nine  Questions For White People, which is currently on display at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, is a hand letter-pressed collection of simple questions that are meant to generate a discussion around white privilege. The booklet version of it is now available for purchase online here.
Philly’s Small But Mighty Arts is launching their first round of a grant cycle next week. The micro-grants of $200-$1000 are intended to help artists in the region take a small but significant step forward in their career.
Sometimes several hundred dollars can make all the difference in your ability to be able to afford framing of prints for a solo show or film festival submission fees. For more information and to download the application click here.
A whole host of Philly independent film and community media organizations (PIFVA, Scribe, PhillyCAM and GPFO) are co-hosting a free grant information session in Philadelphia, at PhillyCAM (699 Ranstead), on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 6 pm.
Creative Capital’s Director of Grants & Services, Lisa Dent, will be present to answer questions about Creative Capital’s grant process and the work we seek to support. The sessions are free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP.
When I show people examples of what I consider really great use of social media, Heidi Saman‘s (filmmaker, producer of NPR’s Fresh Air) Tumblr Four Eyes is most often the first that I reference. Heidi does an excellent job of consistently posting images and quotes on filmmakers and the art of filmmaking. Recently she’s been focusing on composition with frames from a variety of films like this one above from Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep (1979). If you just want to see the collection of 34 examples without the rest of her Tumblr content you can view them here.
I’m curious to check out this new documentary that’s now available on iTunes.
Do you know Blackness when you see it? This provocative question informs the work of Dr. Yaba Blay, whose (1)ne Drop Project depicts the stories and images of over 60 individuals from around the world, all of whom identify as Black, but none of whom fit the stereotypical “Black box.” Their candid memoirs challenge our understanding of race and identity.
The storytelling event, (1)ne Drop Project Live, on November 10th interweaves history with candid stories from participants in the Project and gives a microphone to living testimonies of diversity. Featuring Danielle Ayers, Perry “Vision” Divirgilio, Zun Lee,Sembene McFarland, and Brandon Stanford.
For more details and tickets click here.