Elephants on the Avenue: Petitions for Social Justice & Change with Benjamin Volta

13 May 2017
10am - 1pm
Historic Germantown, 5501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

As part of Historic Germantown’s ongoing project Elephants on the Avenue: Race, Class, and Community in Historic Germantown, visual artist and Pew Fellow Benjamin Volta will lead a calligraphy and collage workshop. Drawing inspiration from the 1688 Petition Against Slavery, a document written in Germantown by Mennonite and Quaker leaders as the nation's first written protest against slavery, participants will create their own historic artifacts to document present day social justice issues.

This event is free and open to the public; advance registration is encouraged.

Elephants on the Avenue is a series of public programs and community events that use the arts as a catalyst for community dialogue and engagement around race and class in the diverse Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Led by collaborating artists and historians, these interpretive programs creatively explore such themes as indifference and respect, racism and tolerance, slavery and abolition, and exclusion and inclusion.