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Do Something: Know Your History

This week, show your library some love, celebrate Black history month, escape the cold in a cozy greenhouse, 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!

Support Trans Educators

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Kick off Black Lives Matter Week of Action by focusing your support on trans educators. This Monday, researchers, organizers, community educators and advocates will lead participants through interactive exercises and workshops to build on the national Black Lives Matter movement. With the goal of dismantling transphobia and supporting trans people of color, the Trans Literacy Project, a series of cross-discipline, cross-community conversations designed to advance trans literacy across and beyond the university setting, offers a number of different opportunities for growth and learning for all Philadelphians. You can find more of the organization’s upcoming events here. Monday, February 4, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm, Free, Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.  

Escape The Cold

Shake off your shivering bones at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Society. Visit The Greenhouse, hosted by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy in partnership with Constellation Culinary Group. Through February 10th, visit this hidden oasis for live music, Jungle Rock Recess, a beer garden, local food trucks, and more. Learn more about the flora of Philly and enjoy the lush environment the Fairmount Park Conservancy and others works to protect every day. Tuesday, February 5-February 10, Free With Registration, Hours Vary, Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

Talk Art and Politics at the ICA

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Join the conversation with artist and activist Cecilia Vicuña and Temple University professor and poet Jena Osman at the Institute of Contemporary Art this Wednesday. Vicuña has shared her work far and wide from the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and others. The duo will be talking about the intersection of politics and art within both of their media. See Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen now through March 31 and explore Vicuña’s process of crossing her art with human rights activism such as “economic and environmental disparities and the reclamation of ancestral traditions.” Wednesday, February 6, 6 pm-8:30 pm, Free, Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S 36th St.

Know Your African American History

February is African American History Month. Use this time—and all the time—to learn and understand the history of this country and that of the African American experience. You can start by visiting the National Constitution Center for daily events and special programming all throughout the month. Visit the Breaking Barriors Show, Decoding the Document: Emancipation Proclamation Exhibit Station, and take yourself on a self-guided African American history tour. The learning doesn’t stop here, see what else is happening throughout the city. Thursday, February 7-February 28, Prices Vary, Times Vary, National Constitution Center, Independence Mall, 525 Arch St.

Use The Library for More Than Books

The Free Library of Philadelphia is jam packed with books (duh), but it also hosts a number of exciting events on any given day. Jump in and discover what’s happening throughout the month, during Black history month and beyond. Below are just a few examples of what’s going on throughout Philly with the Free Library:

  • Friday Film Matinees: Celebrate Black History Month each Friday, starting with Southside With You on February 8 at 1:00 pm. Details here
  • Black History Month Bingo: Bring the kids to learn about important African America figures throughout history on Monday February 11. Details here.
  • Bus Trip: Gala Black Poetry Reading at Princeton University: Join the Library on a trip to Princeton to hear some of the best known voices in African American poetry. Details here.

The events don’t stop there. Click here for all upcoming events at the Free Library.

Photo via African American Museum

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