Philadelphia Assembled, “Lighting of the Bridges.” Photo by Tim Tiebout.
Philadelphia Assembled is an expansive, citywide project initiated by Dutch visual artist Jeanne van Heeswijk that invites change agents throughout the city to collectively imagine a present and future Philadelphia. The multi-part project is organized around five themes, or what van Heeswijk calls “atmospheres”—Reconstructions, Sovereignty, Futures, Sanctuary, and Movement—each derived from preliminary conversations about the city’s changing landscape.
A full list of events is below; all events are free after museum admission.
Mass Incarceration: Its History and Its Present
September 26; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A day of programs addressing mass incarceration and displacement, including workshops, a teach-in on the Reconstruction Era, and a public dialogue on the present state of reentry and imprisonment in Philadelphia.
Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration
October 12; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A day honoring indigenous communities, with teach-ins and story circles on the histories of American lands.
On Gentrification and Displacement
October 21; 12-5 p.m.
A daylong series of programs about gentrification and displacement.
Philadelphia Fathering Festival
November 10-12; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A three-day event promoting advocating for deeper engagement between fathers and the children in their lives, with performances, film screenings, workshops, and public forums.
On Climate Change
December 2; 12-5 p.m.
A panel discussion bringing together artists, advocates, and researchers to speak about climate change and sustainability.
Philadelphia Assembled Mural Workshop & Discussion
December 9, 2017; 3-8 p.m.
A workshop centered around the mural featured in Philadelphia Assembled, followed by a discussion on the role of community in artistic practice. Hosted by the Black Quantum Futurism Collective and the People’s Paper Co-Op.