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Do Something: Come out for love

This week, celebrate LGBTQ+ love, support black mental health, learn about Latinx art, and more!

Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips. Now get out and do something!

Celebrate Tacony

Join Mural Arts’ LAB 2018 Summer Artists-in-Residence Kathryn Pannepacker and Jackie Neale for the launch of their exhibition, From Tacony with Love. Their work is a celebration of the spirit and history of Tacony and Northeast Philadelphia. Pannepacker installed colorful textiles she made in collaboration with locals around the Mural Arts community center where the exhibition is located, while Neale created 12 audio interviews accompanied by full-body cyanotype portraits of Tacony residents. Come honor the legacy of this historic neighborhood on Frankford Avenue. If you’re interested in the work that Mural Arts does, here’s their full schedule of programs and events. Monday, October 8, 5:00 pm-9:00 pm, Free with RSVP on Facebook event, The Tacony LAB Community Arts Center, 6918 Torresdale Ave. 

Learn About Latinx Art

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Do you have an appreciation for Latinx art—or do you wonder what the future focus of Latinx art will be? On Tuesday, Temple’s Tyler School of Art will host a lunchtime discussion about emerging Latinx artists, their political and social messages and the struggles these artists face. Professor of Community Art Pepón Osorio and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Curator of Latino Art, E. Carmen Ramos, will lead the discussion. Tyler students will also have a chance to share their thoughts in an informal setting. Lunch will be provided. The event is open to the public. Tuesday, October 9, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm, Free with RSVP on website, Temple, Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th St.

Help Men Who Help Women

According to The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. Solving this issue takes all of us—including men. The Men Can rally, in partnership with Lutheran Settlement House’s Bilingual Domestic Violence Program, is a celebration of all of the work done to prevent domestic violence in Philly in the past year. And it’s the launch of The Masculinity Action Project (MAP), which brings together a group of 10 to 15 men for a free training program focused on promoting the expression of healthy masculinity on an individual and community level. The rally will include free food, entertainment and guest speeches. Wednesday, October 10, 11 am-1 pm, Free, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd.

Come Out for Love

In honor of National Coming Out Day, the City of Philadelphia is inviting LGBTQ couples to marry or renew their vows in front of the iconic LOVE Statue across from City Hall. City judges will officiate the “Out In Love” ceremonies, and Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks. If you’re interested in taking part, get yourself to City Hall on Monday to secure a marriage license and email a copy along with an RSVP  hereEveryone is invited to attend. Thursday, October 11, 11:30 am – 2 pm, Free, J. F. Kennedy Plaza (LOVE Park).

Drink and Discuss

Photo: SOYP

Each fall, Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) hosts State of Young Philly (SOYP), a dynamic 10-day event filled with programming designed to connect young Philadelphians of every background, showcase their positive impact, and amplify their voices.  To kick off this weekend, Minds Matter Philly is hosting a happy hour discussion about Philadelphia’s public school system. Have a drink while you meet other young professionals and learn about what education looks like in our city. Panelists will include a local public school administrator, Minds Matter volunteers, and a graduate-level research student. Come hungry, thirsty, and ready to debate: there will be opportunities for the audience to participate! See the full SOYP schedule hereFriday, October 12, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, Free, University of Pennsylvania, 133 S. 36th St.

Support Black Mental Health

Mental health struggles affect everyone. But in some communities, shame keeps them hidden. Farida E. Boyer and Jaynay Johnson are the founders of The Black Brain Campaign, a nonprofit which aims to destigmatize mental illness in the African American community by helping families seek mental health treatment and providing students with better counseling resources at their schools. To raise money to accomplish these goals, Boyer and Johnson are holding a fundraiser called the “Green Sock Walk” at Bartram’s Garden. Individual tickets to the walk cost $35 per person. Saturday, October 13, 9 am-12 pm, $35/person or $100 for a team of four, Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

Get ready for fall farming

At the end of September, the last of the New Jersey corn and tomatoes stop selling, and it seems like local farming dies down. After all, what can possibly survive in the colder winter months? A lot, according to Greensgrow Farms. The Fall Vegetable Gardening Workshop will focus on the perfect winter vegetables to grow (greens and root vegetables), techniques to warm the soil, and how to use hoops and row covers. Greensgrow staff expert Ari Rosenberg will be leading the workshop. Sunday, October 14, 12 pm – 1:30 pm, tickets $15/person, 2501 E Cumberland St.

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