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#PhillyPublicArtsForum

(Philly Public Arts Forum participating artists and leaders, photos by Conrad Benner,
Jason Chen, and from artists)

It’s time for Philly to have a talk about our public spaces.

So excited to announce the Philly Public Arts Forum, a series of three free events from September 20th through October 3rd aimed at exploring the state of art in Philadelphia’s public spaces, organized by Streets Dept’s Conrad Benner (aka me) and Cindy M. Ngo (of Eat Up The Borders) in partnership with Temple University Libraries to be hosted at Temple’s Paley Library!

The Philly Public Arts Forum plans to examine the means and motivations of various Philly artists, activists, curators, and organizers and how they’re shaping our public spaces. The series then culminates in a public art making workshop where Philadelphians can create and install their own art on a freewall that we’re building on Temple’s campus.

Participating artists and leaders include: Sheldon Abba, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Keir Johnston (of Amber Public Art), Ginger Rudolph (of HAHA x Paradigm), Marisa Velázquez-Rivas, Russell Craig, Carol Zou (of Asian Arts Initiative), Luis Marrero (of Voices in Power), and Blur.

What is the public space? Who’s creating the work we see around the city? How does access to art and arts education shape who’s invited to participate in our city’s creative placemaking? And what role can public art play in sparking conversation, empowerment, empathy, and understanding around important social and political issues? Join us as we discuss and create!

The Art on Our Streets – Artist Talks
WHEN: September 20, 2018 from 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Temple University Paley Library (1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA)
WHAT: A series of short talks from four artists who create work in Philly’s public spaces…

[Event is FREE, you may RSVP Here to help us get a headcount but it’s not necessary for entry]

Artist Panels
WHEN: September 24, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Temple University Paley Library (1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA)
WHAT: An evening of back-to-back artist panel discussions…

Art As Activism: Using Art in the Public Space to Send A Message hosted by co-organizer Conrad Benner with:

Artist Block: From Public Education to Family, Barriers to Artist Education hosted by co-organizer Cindy M. Ngo with:

[Event is FREE, you may RSVP Here to help us get a headcount but it’s not necessary for entry]

Building the #TempleFreewall – Workshop
WHEN: October 3, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Temple University Paley Library (1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA)
WHAT: We’re building a temporary street art freewall outside on Temple University’s campus, and in this workshop you’re invited to help us kick it off!

Join Philly street artist Blur and poet and organizer Luis Marrero (of Voices in Power) to get some tips on writing, creating, and wheatpasting your own art (supplies will be available.) We’ll be pasting up all the work on our freewall together at the end of the workshop.

[Event is FREE, you may RSVP Here to help us get a headcount but it’s not necessary for entry]

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