Do Something: Make Art, Make Change

This week, hear from Philly's youth Poet Laureate, learn about the history of art, and more!

Do Something: Make Art, Make Change

This week, hear from Philly's youth Poet Laureate, learn about the history of 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!

Get a Taste of Honey

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Husnaa Hashim is Philadelphia’s 2017-2018 Youth Poet Laureate and she’s not holding back. Tonight, the bold 17-year-old will be sharing her voice through her most recent collection titled, Honey Sequence, at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The rising freshman at University of Pennsylvania has been writing for over eight years—her first published work appearing when she was just 10 years old. Her voice has appeared in RookieMagKidSpirit OnlineNew Moon Girls Media, the Kenyon Young Writers Anthology, the Voices of the East Coast Anthology, APIARY 9, and more. Join Hashim and fellow poets and writers in the Skyline Room Terrace for an evening of raw expression and raw honey inspired refreshments. Monday, July 30, Free, 7 pm-9 pm, The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St.

Create Art for Social Change

The role art plays in the history of social movements throughout the world is long and varied. From Banksy to Pussy Riot and everything in between, we use art as a means to connect, understand and shake up the status quo. Join Defend Our Future Pennsylvania at CityCoho this evening for their Art for Social Change event. Listen to speakers from Headcount Philly, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Temple University and PennEnvironment as they deep dive into the ways in which the art world has undoubtedly combines with social justice and has affected social change throughout the years. At the end of the night, participants are invited to create their own protest signs to march with during the Power Through to a Just Future parade and rally on August 2nd. Tuesday, July 31, Free, 6 pm-8 pm, CityCoHO, 2401 Walnut Suite 102.

Join the Pittie Party

For the love of pit bulls, PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) will be hosting a Yappy Hour at the Trestle Inn to support pups in need across the city. Give your doggo the best with the help of volunteers from PAWS who will be scrubbing up pets with refreshing dog-friendly shampoos. Not a dog owner yet? Thinking about becoming one? There will be adoptable dogs on site and 20 percent of all sales go to PAWS. Wednesday, August 1, Free, 5 pm-8 pm, Trestle Inn, 339 N 11th St. 

See What's Beyond Wakanda

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Each year, the BlackStar Film Festival brings together black visionaries from around the world to celebrate “storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global indigenous communities.” BlackStar is back again in Philadelphia and will be discussing  what’s “Beyond Wakanda: The Resurgence of the Contemporary Black Reality & Future” this Thursday. Visit the Institute of Contemporary Art to hear from confirmed panelists, filmmaker and visual artist M. Asli Dukan, local independent filmmaker Bryan Oliver Green, and writer and director, Christopher Ortega. Thursday, August 2, 11 am, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), 118 S. 36th St.

Move Over for HERSpace

Come explore a special First Friday one night visual arts festival in support of emerging female artists and leading artists in Philadelphia. HERspace PHL encourages all artists and will host more than 30 participants from all different mediums, live music, vendors, scholars, students and more. Join the fun and meet both established and aspiring artists from across the city. Interested in submitting your work? Click here. Friday, August 3, 7 pm-11 pm, On Sale for $5.00, Open Space, 1014 N. Marshall St. 

Be D.O.P.E

A 2017 report showed more than 325,000 people across Philadelphia are food insecure, which is about 21 percent of the population. Every day, individuals and families spend time and energy just worrying about where the basics—like food and housing—are going to come from next. Fortunately, there are organizations across the city and the state working to find solutions, both big and small, to help Philadelphians out of food insecurity. D.O.P.E (Doing Our Part Eclectically) is one such group bringing together volunteers to help those in need. On Saturday night, the group will be serving food at Thomas Paine Plaza along with clothing, shoes, blankets and other items. Bring donations between 7:30 pm-7:45 pm, the group is looking for: soup, spaghetti, turkey, chicken, sandwiches (no peanut butter or pork), water, Crystal Light packages, juice, hot tea and dollar donations. Saturday, August 4, 8 pm-10 pm, Free, Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd.

Invite Kids To Play Without Boundaries

The Please Touch Museum works to give children of all needs the space to grow, play and learn. That’s why they created the Play Without Boundaries program to give kids with developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum space to discover at their speed. The museum will have an early opening and offer activities specifically designed around the program. The museum will be calmer, quieter, have dimmer lighting, and offer therapy animals, art projects, dance movement therapy, and more. The event is free but does require pre registration. Sunday, August 5, 9 am- 11 am, Free with pre registration, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Ave of the Republic Ave.

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