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    • Families Belong Together © 2018 Ian Pierce (Ekeko) / City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
      Families Belong Together © 2018 Ian Pierce (Ekeko) / City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. 2536 North Front Street. Photo by Steve Weinik.

    Activism and different forms of art have long been intertwined.

     

    Song was used in protest by people who were enslaved to preserve culture, history and identity. Music continued to be utilized by various communities during the Civil Right Movement to express anger and resistance. Nowadays, songs are recorded by popular musicians to fundraise for people affected by natural disasters or acts of hate and violence.

     

    Other forms of art, like photography, painting, poetry and dance, have functioned in the same capacity as music, sometimes supporting a social justice movement, fighting against an entire institution, or simply documenting the culture.

     

    For many artists around the world, and especially in Philadelphia, art and activism have aimed to to better serve their communities, neighborhoods and cities. There’s the recent Mural Arts Philadelphia mural by artist Ian Pierce and local community members that takes on immigration and states “Families belong together - not in cages.” Another example is the Collective Conscious exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia that features artists “who use their work to process or respond to the constantly changing socio-political and cultural landscape.” There are so many works of art in Philadelphia that represent the intersection of art and activism, and there are always new events that explore this juncture and dive deep into how all these movements influence art and vise versa.

     

    If you’re interested in art, activism and social justice, below are the events happening in Philadelphia and the surrounding area that explore these important topics.

     

    The photo in this editorial was provided by Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Families Belong Together © 2018 Ian Pierce (Ekeko) / City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. 2536 North Front Street. Photo by Steve Weinik.

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    MUSEUMS
    The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Drawings by Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman
    Delaware Art Museum
    June 30th, 2018 - September 9th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot
    Delaware Art Museum
    July 14th, 2018 - September 30th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement
    Delaware Art Museum
    June 30th, 2018 - September 9th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Share Your Story!
    Delaware Art Museum
    July 19th, 2018 - August 16th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Beyond I Have a Dream
    Delaware Art Museum
    August 16th, 2018
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    THEATRE
    TAHIRA and Jea P. Street Jr.: Wilmington 1968 Commissioned Performance
    Delaware Art Museum
    August 19th, 2018
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    FREE
    Tuesdays with Toomey
    Philly UP
    March 28th, 2017 - September 25th, 2018
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Community Forums
    Delaware Art Museum
    July 26th, 2018 - August 23rd, 2018
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    FILM
    Newsreel ’68: Program 2
    International House Philadelphia
    August 23rd, 2018
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Philadephia Inclusive Arts Festival
    Caldera Magazine
    September 7th, 2018 - September 9th, 2018
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    From Flower to Bee to Honey: Beekeeping and Beyond
    Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore...
    September 12th, 2018
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    VISUAL ARTS
    Ashley S. K. Davis and Terrance Vann: Wilmington 1968 Commissioned Performance
    Delaware Art Museum
    September 16th, 2018
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    Elizabeth Estrada is the digital communications coordinator at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. She is an avid podcast listener, coffee-drinker and as of recently, a bicyclist. She loves stumbling across powerful murals and public art. You can follow her @thatswhateesaid. 
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