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If you work, live, or visit the Philadelphia historic area, ArtBreak is a new way to enjoy the museum. Every 3rd Thursday, AAMP curatorial staff will guide visitors through special exhibition galleries. This informal, conversational tour will give visitors the opportunity to get the inside scoop on the works on view. Bring your lunch and visitors chat and chew with the museum staff afterwards in the auditorium.
Free with RSVP. AAMP will also welcome walk-up attendees. Meet in the first floor atrium at the welcome desk. Maximum of 20 people-be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before start time to secure your reservation.
More on our current exhibition:
Gardens of the Mind: Echoes of the Feminine View
On View: October 6, 2017 – January 16, 2018
The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents Gardens of the Mind: Echoes of the Feminine View, an exhibition featuring five black women artists whose work explores spiritual cultivation and memory through their artistic practice. By using large scale installation, sculpture, painting, photography and printmaking, artists Barbara Bullock, Martha Jackson Jarvis, E.J. Montgomery, Joiri Minaya and Glynnis Reed examine links between history, memory, and the natural environment. The artists consider our relationship with nature and how the mind itself is a field, which is developed and nurtured to promote creative, spiritual and intellectual growth.
“Gardens of the Mind examines spirituality as it relates to memory and intellect with the idea of garden as metaphor. In this context, the works of five artists: Barbara Bullock, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Joiri Minaya, E. J. Montgomery and Glynnis Reed are presented. Evident in their art is a connectivity to the earth and living matter particular to their gaze as women.” -A. M. Weaver, Guest Curator
Come join us in this black-tie affair full of friends, fun and holiday cheer! Tis the season to get dressed up and enjoy a great dinner and cheerful celebration with other professionals. There will be an open bar, an opportunity to network and festive prizes to give away.
We cannot wait to celebrate the holiday season with you!
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Peace Brutha’s and Sistah’s once again please join us on Saturday, December 23rd for our 2nd Annual buy Black Marketplace Pre-Kwanzaa Celebation at the historic Church Of The Advocate located at 1801 Diamond Street (Temple University Campus) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 2pm-9pm. $5.00 Admission for adults and free admission for children. This is a fundraiser for the 14th Annual Afrakan Independence Day Maat Celebration and Marcus Garvey “Do For Self” Junkanoo Parade that will both take place on Saturday, August 4, 2018 Malcolm X Memorial Park Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There will be an Afrikan Marketplace, Guest Performers, Speakers,Children’s Storytelling & Activities, Raffle & Gift Giveaways and our Traditional Lighting Of The Kinara Ceremony. For more inforrmation about this event or vending please contact us at (267) 521-1544 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on our webpage afrakanindependenceday.org and at www.facebook.com/afrakanindependencedaymaatcelebration. Looking forward to seeing you all Saturday, December 23rd. Peace & Blessings…
This is the first of a chain of monthly events where we deal with the taboo topics that are typically avoided in the Black community. Our goal is to start the conversations so people know they aren’t alone, that it wasn’t their fault, that people do care about what they’ve been through and ultimately create healing. We will have a panel of guest that ha overcome what we’re discussing and experts on HEALING. This months topic is rape & molestation.
Join BGN &friends in celebrating our brand/website launch✨ Come dressed comfortably swank prepared to dance those BirdDay calories away to our curated playlist+special guest performances. Our photographers will be capturing the entire event so BE YOU! Food, edibles, free drinks +giveaways will be available
THE GREENWOOD GALA: A BLACK WALL STREET AFFAIR
NEW YEAR’S EVE – Sunday, December 31, 2017 from 10PM until 2 AM
Usher in the new year celebrating the economic achievements of the past by paying homage to the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, deemed “Black Wall Street” of the early 1920’s, while celebrating amongst like-minded upwardly mobile individuals that are committed to their economic advancement in 2018 and beyond!
Semi-Formal Attire is REQUIRED. Early Arrival STRONGLY SUGGESTED!
OPEN BAR all night and Heavy Hors D’oeuvres. Free Parking as well!
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the 2018 Cheyney University Business Competition where students will submit business plans and compete for a scholarship
General Admission: $90; VIP Admission: $140
VIP Admission Includes:
Express Entry into the Greenwood Gala
Guaranteed parking in lot directly across from the Pegasus Room
VIP Open Bar with Premium Alcohol
VIP – Only Food Selections including table platters for Bottle Service Sections and sushi bar
For VIP SECTIONS and BOTTLE SERVICE contact (267) 312-6962 or email@example.com
BOTTLE SERVICE PRICING:
$1200 – VIP Admission for up to 8 people (includes all VIP amenities stated above) and 2 bottles of Premium Alcohol
$1400 – VIP Admission for up to 8 people (includes all VIP amenities stated above) and 4 bottles of Premium Alcohol
Wanna start a business but don’t know where to start?!
Started a business but stuck?!
Trouble organizing your thoughts or office?
Working mom looking to transition to boss?!
Just need emotional support before you pull your hair out or worse QUIT?!
Need a positive, judgment-free environment with like-minded women?!
YOU DESERVE THE SUPPORT FROM THIS GROUP!
I have experienced all of this and so much more while starting up my business and know that a group like this is vital in our community. Doesn’t matter if you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s, selling art, hair, furniture, shoes, your services (mua, cleaning homes, clothes or hair stylists, books, fitness lifestyle, clothes) or opening an actual storefront. You should not have to do it alone, period. It’s okay that you’re family and friends don’t understand what you are going through, it’s not their journey, it’s yours, own it!
In our meetings, we will discuss the headaches, emotional stress failures/struggles of starting and rebranding for the umpteenth time (raises hand) plus go over our weekly goals, new startup ideas, support each other and whatever you want to contribute. Speakers will be invited as needed for motivation.
This group will tackle more than business; Financial/Budget Workshops, Day/Weekend Trips, Credit Building Workshops, Girls Night In, Game Night, Girls Night Out & Family Fun Days will be added as a group once the warm Spring weather returns. The goal is multiple successful streams of income, financial freedom, quality clientele, supportive associates and lifelong sisters in business. Meetings are held in a very welcoming space and include food and refreshments. Space is limited to 15 bosses. Additional days/times will be added later as the demand requires it. Please send me a message via email below to join the list.
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles — support economic development and self-determination by and for the African community!
Make your MLK Day significant and meaningful! Participate by helping bring in resources for health and economic development in the black community through this volunteer activity with Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles (UFC), an economic development project of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF).
Our 2-hour program starts bright and early at 10am, with historic clips about MLK and the Civil Rights Movement, community discussion about the ongoing struggle for justice by the black community, and the continuing work of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund today. The outreach service project begins after the program ends at noon.
Volunteers will work in teams to spread the word about UFC’s fast & free donation pick-up service by hanging door flyers in designated sections of the city. PLEASE DRESS WARMLY — you will be working outside! Brief training, snacks, and water will be provided. The day of service is concluded with a complimentary pizza lunch for all participants!
Drivers wanted for the day. If you have a car and are willing to transport others to door hanging sites, please let us know!
The black community faces conditions today that are worse than in the 1960s. APEDF is struggling to end the same disparities in poverty, health, unemployment, unjust imprisonment and substandard education that were fought by MLK and the Civil Rights Movement.
Everyone is welcome! Your participation makes a difference. Great opportunity for groups and individuals. We look forward to working with you on MLK Day!
CALLING ALL BLACK ARTISTS: Come bring in the New Year and set your artistic intentions and goals for 2018! Open to Black artists from all artistic disciplines this two-day, facilitated workshop focuses on mapping out a clear set of priorities for the next year. The two-day workshop will include time for individual reflection and writing, exercises, group work, and peer support from other artists as you brainstorm, prioritize, and troubleshoot how to move your artistic career to the next meaningful level.
All artists must apply and be accepted to participate in this workshop. To request an application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the header “Black Artists Dream Application”. To be considered, all submitted applications must include a $25.00 non-refundable application fee sent via Paypal or the Eventbrite donate button. Once accepted, the 2-day workshop is FREE. Up to 12 artists will be selected.
This workshop is sponsored by Contemporary Black Canvas, a home for Black expression. Our projects include our podcast, workshops, readings, and training. This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Pia Deas, a poet, an Associate Professor of English, and the founder of Contemporary Black Canvas.
Applications are due by December 30th, 2017 or until the workshop is filled.
To learn more about us, please visit our website at www.contemporaryblackcanvas.com. Please note our website is currently undergoing a redesign and our new website will be up mid to late December.
Brian Isley will record his album, F*ck It, in the intimate setting of The Drake Room in Center City, Philadelphia, for one night only.
This show is presented in collaboration with BoomBox Life and Star Corner Comedy.
Saturday, January 27th
1512 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(Entrance on Hicks Street)
First Show – 6 PM (Doors 5:30 PM)
Second Show – 8 PM (Doors 8:30 PM)
Beer & Wine will be served
Drink Tickets are $5 each, two for $8
Must be 21 to attend
Questions? Contact Starving Artist Prevention at
215.906.0919 or StarvingArtistPrevention@gmail.com
Our 2018 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice will feature a conversation with Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director of the Advancement Project; Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice; Amber Hikes, Executive Director of the Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia; and Marc Morial, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban League.
In the spirit of Dr. King’s human rights positions, these guests will engage in a discussion of topics related to the state of the country and the continuing struggle for social justice.
This event is co-sponsored by the Annenberg School for Communication and the Black Alumni Society.