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Arts, Displacement, and Intentional Communities (PRE-CONVENING)

The Colored Girls Museum
Philadelphia, PA

Presenters: Vashti DuBois, Michael Clemmons, Ian Friday, The Colored Girls Museum

This Pre-Convening program attracts artists and art organizers that face issues of displacement due to changing economies in neighborhoods that they work, create, and live in. How do we build communities intentionally that create sanctuary for the artist and the work they create while at the same time addressing the issues and concerns that are impacting the communities that these art institutions reside in? What are the responsibilities of art organizers and institutions to the communities that they want more engagement from while those same communities (artists included) are vulnerable to displacement in part because of the existence of those institutions?

The program for the day includes a tour of The Colored Girls Museum’s current exhibition In Search of the Colored Girl, facilitated small and full-group conversations, and brief presentations from special guests, local arts organizers Betsey Casañas (A Seed on the Diamond Gallery) and Emily Carris (The Art Dept), Renny Molenaar & Rocio Cabello (Imperfect Gallery), and Christopher Rogers (Paul Robeson House).

Travel to and from The Colored Girls Museum from Friends Center and a boxed lunch is included in separate registration for this program. Meet in front of the Friends Center (1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102) for a 9:30AM departure by chartered bus for this 10AM program start time at The Colored Girls Museum in Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia. After the program, depart from The Colored Girls Museum at 5PM for a 5:30PM return to the Friends Center in Center City.

On display at The Colored Girls Museum is In Search of the Colored Girl, and participants will receive a tour of the Museum from founder Vashti DuBois. In Search of The Colored Girl is TCGM's fourth exhibition since its opening in September of 2015. We are the first and only institution of to document and celebrate the ordinary, extraordinary colored girl through art and artifacts significant to her experience.

The current campaign and exhibition considers movements like #MeToo, #MuteRKelly, the adultification of black girls, and the erasure of contributions of black women and girls from important movements and history. We also acknowledge the nearly 75,000 black and brown girls and women who are missing in this country.

More details on participating artists and curators available here.