A variety of special events are happening in conjunction with this exhibition, for members and the public alike.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Join us for a house-raising ceremony and celebration as we put the finishing touches on the framework for an affordable house at the Blueprint for a Just Neighborhood site. The evening continues with a performance of Blurry Edges , a Philadelphia scene by playwright Mona Washington. The play reflects on the possibilities of engaging with and in the community and grapples with issues related to reconstruction, gentrification, and displacement.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Assembled’s Mobile Futures Institute celebrates the Paul Robeson House Museum. This event includes a staged reading of Robeson’s testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.Please RSVP to Art Sanctuary.
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of storytelling, seed swapping, and knowledge sharing. Seed keeping is a way of sharing stories that connect the foods we eat and the seeds that produce them with a memory of our culture. Come, bring some seeds to trade or a special story or memory, and experience the love of seeds.
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join Stretch and Fly Youth Business Garden and Philadelphia Assembled for a day of planting, building, and mural making as we cultivate the garden for the season.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
One of a series of conversations (facilitated by William Goldsby of Reconstructions, Inc.) addressing the evolution of mass incarceration. This conversation explores the meaning of the first-nation word “Tioga” and our local bridges as well as the benefits of bridging the past, the present, and the future by examining the history of mass incarceration and its impact on our lives.Space is limited; seats available on a first come-first serve basis.
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Hear neighborhood stories “No Place for Us: Ghosts of the Displaced. Pushed Out. Pushing Back” by Staci Moore, and experience the initiation of a podcast series with a live recording of “Taking My Stake Out of the Ground” by Tieshka Smith.
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Urban Creators hosts open house volunteer days the second Saturday of the month. Dress for the weather and the dirt. We recommend you bring water and a snack.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Storyteller Denise Valentine shares narratives that combine archival research, oral histories, and folklore. In her series, The Master Narratives, odd coincidences come into view in a strange confluence of time and place as connections to Old Philadelphia families and ancestral homelands are unearthed. Kamau Blakney will accompany the program with his capoeira music and movement.Part of the Reconstructions atmosphere of Philadelphia Assembled.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Participate in a teach-in on displacement led by the Women’s Community Revitalization Project and the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities. Lead by Michaela Pommells of the Coalition for Racial Justice (CoRaJus), this teach-in falls at the end of WCRP’s campaign to pass legislation to create new resources for the production and preservation of affordable, accessible homes and to strengthen green spaces.This event will require an RSVP. Part of the Reconstructions atmosphere of Philadelphia Assembled.
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
A day-long celebration of the 52 Street corridor’s historic legacy as a center for black-owned businesses. Including food, music, local and international vendors, and activities for the whole family, the Marketplace aims to set the stage for collaborations that will promote a sovereign society and to engage sustainable economic development opportunities in West Philadelphia and around the world.