Annual Membership Meeting – Beyond Pretty Pictures: Can Art Play a Role in Advancing Equitable Development?

Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Nov 29, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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Equitable Development is everyone’s responsibility.  We need all hands on deck to ensure that every one of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods can benefit from the rising economic tide of our city and region.  But to do that effectively the community development sector must work collectively and collaboratively with a range of both usual and unusual partners.

Join PACDC as we visit the Philadelphia Assembled exhibition and discuss the promising opportunities and hard edged challenges of advancing equity in collaboration with artists and arts organizations–locally and nationally.

Panelists will include:

  • Jeremy Liu, Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture and Equitable Development, PolicyLink
  • Jeanne van Heeswijk, social practice artist and curator, Philadelphia Assembled lead artist
  • James Dupree, visual artist, educator and activist, Dupree Studios Inc.
  • Nora Lichtash, Executive Director, Women’s Community Revitalization Project

Join us immediately following for a reception featuring menu offerings from PHLA Kitchen:  for more info click here.


Join us to explore:

Philadelphia Assembled
Exhibit Dates: September 9, 2017 – December 10, 2017

Collectively imagining our futures

Philadelphia Assembled joins art and civic engagement. Initiated by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and shaped by hundreds of collaborators, it tells a story of radical community building and active resistance. Challenging, inspiring, and as big as the city, Philadelphia Assembledasks: how can we collectively shape our futures?

This project articulates a collective narrative about our city around five principles:

Reconstructions: How do we rewrite our histories?
Sovereignty: How do we define self-determination & unity?
Sanctuary: How do we create safe spaces?
Futures: How do we reimagine our tomorrow?
Movement: How do we share knowledge?

What began in 2013 as conversations and gatherings manifested in spring 2017 as programs, meals, and installations throughout Philadelphia. Now reuniting the works and ideas that emerged in these public actions, Philadelphia Assembled transforms the Perelman Building into a civic stage where the city is performed.