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SPACES: Spacemaking Artist-in-Residence Program Request for Proposals! 
Beginning January 15, 2014, The Village of Arts and Humanities (based in North Philadelphia) requests proposals from individuals and collectives, for two, four-month artist residencies in cycle one of SPACES: Artist Residency at The Village.
Through SPACES, youth and families in North Central Philadelphia collaborate with resident artists to explore how the process of sharing artistic practice and engaging in meaningful exchanges of information within a community, can nurture the creation of SPACE—space to create, to dream, to build, and to transform physical landscapes.
SPACES artists will live in creatively renovated row homes in The Village Heart, a four square block area consisting of 14 art parks and nine program buildings, all woven into the existing residential and commercial fabric of the neighborhood. During each residency, artists will engage with community members through informal and Village facilitated dialogue, programs, apprenticeships, or workshops, to design and execute an original, transformative project rooted in art, born from the artists’ relationships with the community, and realized in partnership with community members.
Residency is for emerging and mid-career individual artists and collectives across a wide discipline of arts.  Artists will also be rewarded $10,000 as part of the residency. For more information, visit Village Arts and email artsresidency@villagearts.org. Proposals due Feb. 28. 

There’s still time (approximately 9.5 hours!) to apply to SPACES: Artist Residency at Village of Arts & Humanities. This is a prestigious, paid (10k!) opportunity for East Coast emerging and mid-career artists to explore art making, relationship building, and emergent strategies within the context of a community-based artist residency. Please pass along! http://eepurl.com/Oc26L

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SPACES: Spacemaking Artist-in-Residence Program Request for Proposals! 

Beginning January 15, 2014, The Village of Arts and Humanities (based in North Philadelphia) requests proposals from individuals and collectives, for two, four-month artist residencies in cycle one of SPACES: Artist Residency at The Village.

Through SPACES, youth and families in North Central Philadelphia collaborate with resident artists to explore how the process of sharing artistic practice and engaging in meaningful exchanges of information within a community, can nurture the creation of SPACE—space to create, to dream, to build, and to transform physical landscapes.

SPACES artists will live in creatively renovated row homes in The Village Heart, a four square block area consisting of 14 art parks and nine program buildings, all woven into the existing residential and commercial fabric of the neighborhood. During each residency, artists will engage with community members through informal and Village facilitated dialogue, programs, apprenticeships, or workshops, to design and execute an original, transformative project rooted in art, born from the artists’ relationships with the community, and realized in partnership with community members.

Residency is for emerging and mid-career individual artists and collectives across a wide discipline of arts.  Artists will also be rewarded $10,000 as part of the residency. For more information, visit Village Arts and email artsresidency@villagearts.org. Proposals due Feb. 28. 

There’s still time (approximately 9.5 hours!) to apply to SPACES: Artist Residency at Village of Arts & Humanities. This is a prestigious, paid (10k!) opportunity for East Coast emerging and mid-career artists to explore art making, relationship building, and emergent strategies within the context of a community-based artist residency. Please pass along! http://eepurl.com/Oc26L

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GriotWorks Archive: AfroFuturism: Black Myth, Media and Culture

Presented with community partners ReelBlack and Vivant Art Collection

What does the future look like for Black movies and media? How will the stories we tell today impact our culture? What methods will be used to distribute those stories? How does ‘Afrofuturism’ contribute to shaping ideas, beyond oppression? With 7 slavery themed movies released in 2013, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, this conversation focused on exploring the role of history through a futuristic lens.

Moderator:
Rasheedah Phillips is an attorney and the creator of the AfroFuturist Affair, a community formed to celebrate, strengthen, and promote Afrofuturistic culture. She is the author of several published science fiction works and essays. She is currently completing her first speculative fiction novel, Recurrence Plot.

Panelists:

Yumy Odom
Yumy Odom is an award-winning educator, BlogTalkRadio host and Founder of The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC, Inc.) which focuses on sharing new ideas and technologies, combating illiteracy, creating ennobling images of Black superheroes / super-powered characters and promoting professionalism in the comic book industry. Mr. Odom’s latest work is a 250-page web document (2010) entitled “A Public Resource & Guide to the Epic Myth Continuum” that outlines and contextualizes 10,000 years of ancient, modern and neo-mythology.

Li Sumpter
Ph.D. candidate in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Sumpter’s research applies archetypal, aesthetic and quantum theories toward understanding humankind’s existential condition in the 21st century. She believes our future trajectory through the multi-verse is fundamentally shaped by collective participation in a mythic paradigm that supports a corresponding reality. In her dissertation, Apocalyptic Soul: Seeing through Image in the Age of End Time Sumpter examines the impact of apocalyptic art and media on psyche and the phenomenological world.

Ozzie Jones
Mr. Jones is a writer and director of stage and film, and a musician and composer who has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Jones co -wrote, dramaturgy, and performed in the Bessie Award winning, Olivier award nominated Rome and Jewels for Rennie Harris Pure Movement. Mr. Jones has directed or performed with Patti Labelle, Ruby Dee, Ntozake Shange, Sonja Sanchez, Jill Scott, Guy Davis, The Roots, Wu Tang Clan, Schooly D, Public Enemy, Poor Righteous Teachers, to name a few. Mr. Jones developed and directed staged readings of his new plays, Chasin’ the Bird at Penumbra Theater and an African Continuum production of Kind of Blue at Arena Stage in DC, both of these new works are a part of a larger series of plays on Jazz called, The Real Book.

Caroliese Frink Reed
Caroliese is a doctoral candidate, educator, storyteller and librarian who has done extensive research on traditional and contemporary storytelling and the timelessness of African oral traditions. She has performed at libraries, schools and festivals across the United States, South America and South Africa. She is a co-editor of Sayin’ Something’:Stories from the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. and is a founding member of Keepers of the Culture, Inc, Philadelphia’s oldest storytelling organization.

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Find your equilibrium at the 2014 East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention! Bring your costume, your artwork, your story ideas, or your passion to the Enterprise Center at 4548 Market St., Philadelphia, PA on May 17, 11 am to 7 pm, to get your yearly fix of positive vibes! via ECBACC

Philly Comic Convention Celebrates the Black Experience, Black Women in the Industry

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Find your equilibrium at the 2014 East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention! Bring your costume, your artwork, your story ideas, or your passion to the Enterprise Center at 4548 Market St., Philadelphia, PA on May 17, 11 am to 7 pm, to get your yearly fix of positive vibes! via ECBACC

Philly Comic Convention Celebrates the Black Experience, Black Women in the Industry

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ROCKERS! AND PHILLY PRINTWORKS PRESENT MOVIE NIGHT: 

 ”IT IS WHAT IT IS” EDITION

"It Is What It Is" (Black Punk Documentary) is the story behind the Chicago based band The Breathing Light. Recorded over various periods in it’s short period of 5 years, it gives viewers insight into the personalities and ideals that make up the band. Race, Rock N’ Roll and Reality make “It Is What It Is” the source for truth and possibility for Black Youth World Wide.

☠ Discussion with band following film
☠ Free snacks
☠ Donations accepted


House of Future Sciences
3213 Turner St
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Brought to you by ROCKERS!, The AfroFuturist Affair and Philadelphia Printworks.

our first event of the year

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Philly Anti-Cap Presents: Let the Fire Burn - Free Screening @ LAVA
This documentary film follows Philadelphia’s MOVE Organization & their heated relationship (and conflict) with the Philadelphia Police Department, using archival footage. MOVE is a radical black liberation group with strong environmental leanings. (95 mins)7pmfree snacksshow up early/on time for rowdy music videos before the filmstay later for discussionLava space (lancaster avenue autonomous space)4134 Lancaster Ave(43 bus or 10 trolley to 41st street)

Philly Anti-Cap Presents: Let the Fire Burn - Free Screening @ LAVA

This documentary film follows Philadelphia’s MOVE Organization & their heated relationship (and conflict) with the Philadelphia Police Department, using archival footage. MOVE is a radical black liberation group with strong environmental leanings. (95 mins)

7pm
free snacks
show up early/on time for rowdy music videos before the film
stay later for discussion
Lava space (lancaster avenue autonomous space)
4134 Lancaster Ave
(43 bus or 10 trolley to 41st street)

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Mayor Nutter, media whoring, and the alleged knockout game

As opposed to focusing on the current, active education crisis in Philadelphia public schools, the Mayor of Philadelphia chooses, instead, to focus on a mythological crime trend that perpetuates fear of Black children

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When Malcolm X returned from his pilgrimage to Mecca, he advocated for brotherhood between races. Barbara Chase-Riboud’s “Malcolm X” Steles echo the activist’s spirit by uniting opposing elements such as hard and soft forms and rough and smooth textures.Now open, “Barbara Chase-Riboud: The ‘Malcolm X’ Steles” “Tantra I,” 1994, by Barbara Chase-Riboud (Collection of Roger and Caroline Ford)

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When Malcolm X returned from his pilgrimage to Mecca, he advocated for brotherhood between races. Barbara Chase-Riboud’s “Malcolm X” Steles echo the activist’s spirit by uniting opposing elements such as hard and soft forms and rough and smooth textures.

Now open, “Barbara Chase-Riboud: The ‘Malcolm X’ Steles” 

“Tantra I,” 1994, by Barbara Chase-Riboud (Collection of Roger and Caroline Ford)

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Leeway Foundation Presents: Emergent Strategies: Speculative Fiction & Radical Organizing

Join Leeway Foundation on December 8 to welcome writer and cultural organizer Adrienne Maree Brown for a lively conversation inspired by the work of visionary, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction author Octavia Butler. This discussion will explore the visionary qualities of science/speculative fiction with radical community organizing practice using Butler’s work.Butler’s writing in The Parable series and other works instigates and provokes new thinking about how we can bring into being the kind of society that we want and expands what we might imagine. Through her protagonists, Butler illustrated adaptive, intuitive, shared leadership in practice. This recurrent theme, dubbed “Emergent Strategy,” will be a key focus of the afternoon’s discussion.The event is free, but you must RSVP at http://leewayemergent.eventbrite.com/About AdrienneAdrienne is a 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow writing science fiction in Detroit. She is co-editor, with poet/activist Walidah Imarisha, of the forthcoming anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements She has helped to launch the Octavia Butler and Emergent Strategy Reading Network for people interested in reading Octavia’s work from a political and strategic framework, and is building with the Octavia Butler Legacy Network on other ways of extending Butler’s work.This workshop is presented in partnership with the following organizations: The AfroFuturist Affair, Apiary Magazine, ART SANCTUARY, Blackprint, Bread & Roses Community Fund, GriotWorks, Media Mobilizing Project, Metropolarity, Myth Media Studios, Thread Makes Blanket, and Training for Change.

Join Leeway Foundation on December 8 to welcome writer and cultural organizer Adrienne Maree Brown for a lively conversation inspired by the work of visionary, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction author Octavia Butler. This discussion will explore the visionary qualities of science/speculative fiction with radical community organizing practice using Butler’s work.

Butler’s writing in The Parable series and other works instigates and provokes new thinking about how we can bring into being the kind of society that we want and expands what we might imagine. Through her protagonists, Butler illustrated adaptive, intuitive, shared leadership in practice. This recurrent theme, dubbed “Emergent Strategy,” will be a key focus of the afternoon’s discussion.

The event is free, but you must RSVP at http://leewayemergent.eventbrite.com/

About Adrienne

Adrienne is a 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow writing science fiction in Detroit. She is co-editor, with poet/activist Walidah Imarisha, of the forthcoming anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements She has helped to launch the Octavia Butler and Emergent Strategy Reading Network for people interested in reading Octavia’s work from a political and strategic framework, and is building with the Octavia Butler Legacy Network on other ways of extending Butler’s work.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the following organizations: The AfroFuturist Affair, Apiary Magazine, ART SANCTUARY, Blackprint, Bread & Roses Community FundGriotWorksMedia Mobilizing ProjectMetropolarity, Myth Media Studios, Thread Makes Blanket, and Training for Change.

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On November 9, 2013, The AfroFuturist Affair 3rd Annual Charity & Costume Ball opened up Dark Phase Space, an evening of Afrofuture and Black Speculative inspired art, readings, performances, conversation, music, and costumery. 3 is the charm - this was the best, most energetic and most engaged  Ball we’ve thrown to date, with jaw-dropping, smile-inducing, head-nodding performances all evening long.

Part I of the photo-documentation by renegade android D1L0 DeMiLLe can be found here. You can find more of D1L0’s work on facebook and IG and tumblr. Part II soon come. 

Also, look out soon for Futurist Fund grant applications. This year’s focus of grant funds will be on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault survivors, particularly those who need help with moving costs to relocate to safer spaces. 

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DARK PHASE SPACE SPOTLIGHT ON: Ms. Wise | Spoken Word
ARTIST
Ms. Wise
DARK PHASE SPACE PRESENTATION
Spoken Word Poetry// remembering self//magicians
ARTIST STATEMENT
Alyesha Wise, aka “Ms. Wise” is an International Poet, Teaching Artist and Speaker born in Camden, NJ. Currently residing in Philadelphia, Ms. Wise is the founder of the community arts organization, “Love, Us” - created to promote universal and self-love through the arts. Alyesha is a 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist and was the 5th ranked female poet in the world in 2010. Some of her highlights include a 2012 interview with American Film Director, Ron Howard - and being told by co-founder of Essence Magazine, Russell Goings, “In All, You Are Awesome.”
ARTIST PORTAL
www.MsWiseDecision.com

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 7:00PM at The Mitten $5-7, No one turned away for lack of funds Contact grace.ambrose@gmail.com for the address Proceeds benefit the POC Zine Project, supporting touring and advocacy costs.  Featuring: SHADY HAWKINS: http://shadyhawkins.bandcamp.com/ Music for haunting the haters. OSM: http://omegasiriusmoon.bandcamp.com/ Brilliantly colored, radical thoughts, brutal guitar riffs, unapologetic power.Mighty Paradocs Last Mighty Paradocs show for awhile Rebecca is going to Costa Rica.  Readings by  METROPOLARITY: www.metropolarity.net Philadelphia’s premier time travel start up. Moor Mother Goddess Reading from MMGZ poetry zine Jamillah Harris Spoken word poet Zines distro’d by NO SHAME DISTRO: facebook.com/noshamedistro No Shame Distro is a people of color collective who are interested in promoting other zine writers and artists of color. Coming from an anti-oppression frame work we acknowledge that poc identify in a myriad of ways and work towards our distro reflecting this. We encourage like minded folks to get in touch about distroing their work. Native Punx Zinehttps://www.facebook.com/NativePunxUnite Vending byPhilly Print Works Philadelphia Printworks is a socially aware and culturally pronounced screen printing company. They debuted their first collection in the Summer of 2011 and have since continued to contribute to the Philadelphia art and activism community. Their latest collection covers an array of topics including drones and the Fair Sentencing Act. Their mission is based on community building and encouraging a culture of activism. ************************************************** ABOUT POC ZINE PROJECT The POC (People of Color) Zine Project’s mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share. We are a grassroots organization and an experiment in activism and community through materiality. POC Zine Project curates and produces the #RaceRiotTour, established and maintains an archive of #poczines, curates multiple digital platforms, and provides grants, tools and events for zinesters of color.http://poczineproject.tumblr.com/ ************************************************************* Event organized by Philly Printworks, Katie Otto, Grace Ambrose, and Rockers.

WE’RE PLANNING SOMETHING REALLY CUTE FOR THIS ONE YO

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
7:00PM at The Mitten
$5-7, No one turned away for lack of funds
Contact grace.ambrose@gmail.com for the address
Proceeds benefit the POC Zine Project, supporting touring and advocacy costs.

Featuring:

SHADY HAWKINS: http://shadyhawkins.bandcamp.com/
Music for haunting the haters.

OSM: http://omegasiriusmoon.bandcamp.com/
Brilliantly colored, radical thoughts, brutal guitar riffs, unapologetic power.

Mighty Paradocs
Last Mighty Paradocs show for awhile Rebecca is going to Costa Rica.


Readings by
METROPOLARITY: www.metropolarity.net
Philadelphia’s premier time travel start up.

Moor Mother Goddess
Reading from MMGZ poetry zine

Jamillah Harris
Spoken word poet

Zines distro’d by
NO SHAME DISTRO: facebook.com/noshamedistro
No Shame Distro is a people of color collective who are interested in promoting other zine writers and artists of color. Coming from an anti-oppression frame work we acknowledge that poc identify in a myriad of ways and work towards our distro reflecting this. We encourage like minded folks to get in touch about distroing their work.

Native Punx Zine
https://www.facebook.com/
NativePunxUnite


Vending by
Philly Print Works
Philadelphia Printworks is a socially aware and culturally pronounced screen printing company. They debuted their first collection in the Summer of 2011 and have since continued to contribute to the Philadelphia art and activism community. Their latest collection covers an array of topics including drones and the Fair Sentencing Act. Their mission is based on community building and encouraging a culture of activism.

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ABOUT POC ZINE PROJECT

The POC (People of Color) Zine Project’s mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share. We are a grassroots organization and an experiment in activism and community through materiality.

POC Zine Project curates and produces the #RaceRiotTour, established and maintains an archive of #poczines, curates multiple digital platforms, and provides grants, tools and events for zinesters of color.

http://poczineproject.tumblr.com/
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Event organized by Philly Printworks, Katie Otto, Grace Ambrose, and Rockers.

WE’RE PLANNING SOMETHING REALLY CUTE FOR THIS ONE YO

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Find your equilibrium at the 2014 East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention! Bring your costume, your artwork, your story ideas, or your passion to the Enterprise Center at 4548 Market St., Philadelphia, PA on May 17, 11 am to 7 pm, to get your yearly fix of positive vibes! via ECBACC

Find your equilibrium at the 2014 East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention! Bring your costume, your artwork, your story ideas, or your passion to the Enterprise Center at 4548 Market St., Philadelphia, PA on May 17, 11 am to 7 pm, to get your yearly fix of positive vibes! via ECBACC

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Dark Phase Space Spotlight On: East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) | Sponsor

“The sci-fi / fantasy writer is the modern-day soothsayer and visionary, keeping alive a tradition that is over 10 thousand years old, foreseeing, predicting and envisioning, sometimes with frightening accuracy, humankind’s destiny.”  - Y. Odom, CPR [Creative-Person-in-Residence], and Curator of the exhibit: Ten Thousand Years of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Amazons, Wizards & Warriors

Mr. Yumy Odom, an award-winning educator, curriculum developer, administrator, community ambassador and BlogTalkRadio show host with over 30 years of experience and an amazing body of work accomplished in his lifetime, has unabashedly created an artistic, creative, nurturing and nourishing community that links and unites professional and amateur artists and creators and industry aficionados from across the nation via The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC, Inc.). This seminal initiative has created a wave of creativity and has unleashed previously untapped resources that are only now being utilized in the forms of exhibitions, seminars, curricula, documentaries, forums, panel discussions, etc. Mr. Odom’s latest work is a 250-page web document (2010) entitled “A Public Resource Guide to the Epic Myth Continuum” that outlines and contextualizes 10 thousand years of ancient, modern and neo-mythology.

In 2013 Mr. Odom was bestowed an Urban Arts Honor Society Award served on GriotWorks-sponsored panel on Afrofuturism at the Vivant Art Gallery and was featured at the Schomburg Library in Harlem, NY in the recent comic book media documentary: White Scripts & Black Supermen. Most recently he received a proclamation from the Auburn Avenue Library on African American Culture and History in Atlanta, GA. In 2012 he was honored with two awards: an Institutional Pillar Award at the UPenn MLK Commemorative Symposium on Social Change; and a Philadelphia Icon Award bestowed by Philly Word Magazine. And, in Fall 2011 Mr. Odom was voted as 1 of 76 Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia.
Currently he is curating a most unique exhibit entitled The Heruic Age: Ten Thousand Years of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Amazons, Wizards & Warriors, inspired by over 35 years of researching, reading, imagining and collecting the myths and lore that connect the genre of modern sci-fi, superhero tales and comic books, bringing to the fore the undeniable link among all of the world’s myths, fables and folklore.
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Artist Portals:
ECBACC 
Frator Heru Institute
E-mail: mail@thefratorheruinstitute.org 
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ECBACC, one of the sponsors of Dark Phase Space, is donating a series of rare collecticble action figures to be raffled at the Charity & Costume Ball. 

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