kick off summer in philadelphia
“Exploratory Minds” at Taller Puerto Ricano
Taller Puertorico invites you to the opening ceremony of the “Exploratory Minds: CEP & YAP Exhibition”. This exhibition is the culmination of all the artwork created by students in our Cultural Explorations Program, Young Artists Program and Photography Without Borders Program. Join the workshop to celebrate the brightest students of the institute. Free one-on-one event. Puerto Rican Workshop, 2600 N 5th Street, May 26 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Tolar Puerto Rican Summer Camp
Taylor’s Summer Camp provides youth with the opportunity to participate in a fun, exciting, and art-filled summer. They can participate in a variety of programs ranging from arts to entertainment led by experienced instructors and artists. Registration is open for Summer Camp 2023. Age: 6 to 14 years. Duration: 6 weeks, from Wednesday, July 5 to Friday, August 11. Cost according to family income. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with an additional charge. Last Date of Application: May 31, 2023.
Video Creation Strategies, Content & Storytelling
Upgrade your creative toolkit. If you’re an artist, organization, or small business looking to tell your story through video, join the Arts + Business Council for the last free virtual digital drawingboard workshop of the season, Video Creation, Content + Strategy. This workshop, led by Philicam, will provide an overview of creative approaches, technical considerations and storytelling strategies for creating engaging and informative content. Free, open to the public. Virtual event, via Zoom, Thursday June 1st from 1PM to 3:00PM.
Fan Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
Formerly known as Wizard World, the fan expo is the gathering place for all genres from anime to cosplay. Exhibitors include comic creators, independent artists and game providers. Plus: celebrity Q&As, fan club presentations, hands-on workshops and a screening room. Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, June 2-4.
Fine Art Expo at Rittenhouse Square
The nation’s longest-running outdoor fine art show (95 years old in 2023), this popular twice-running event returns to the confines of Rittenhouse Square Park and features more than 140 professionals specializing in media from sculpture to pastel Works by artists. Place, Rittenhouse Square, Locust and South 18th Street; From June 2 to 4, 2023.
Vista seeks support for immigrants
VISTA seeks help to support the Immigrant Community Capacity Building Project, currently supported by Togba Jallah Porte. The Vista year with OIA ends in July and a replacement is being sought. VISTA works with immigrant-led community organizations to more effectively meet the many needs of predominantly African and Caribbean immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Philadelphia. Those interested can find out more about the program and apply. Applications will close on Monday, June 5 at 5pm. CONTACTS: [email protected] and [email protected].
ODUNDE Afro-American Festival
The nation’s largest African-American street festival, now in its 48th year, begins with a week of events and ends on Sunday, June 11, with a two-stage celebration of more than 100 vendors and live entertainment. Location: Various including South and South 23rd Streets. From June 4 to June 11, 2023, get all the details at https://www.odundefestival.org/.
Community College Black and Gold Gala
The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation announces the “Black and Gold Gala” for the purpose of recognizing the outstanding services of individuals and/or organizations participating in community development in the areas of education, business, social services and health. The award is given to those who exemplify leadership and actively participate in community initiatives. Proceeds from the event go to the 50th Anniversary Promise Scholarship and other scholarships for PCC students. Since 2018, the “Black and Gold Gala” has raised nearly $2 million in scholarships. Information with Leslie Bluestone at [email protected]. Tickets at foundation.ccp.edu/gala. June 7, 6:30 pm, Wee Day Seascape, 600 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia.
Skating Rink at Dilworth Park
This spring, the Rothman Orthopedics Roller Rink in Dilworth Park paints the city rainbows with colorful spring skating sessions. The vibrant art upstairs and chess court floor bring the good times and retro vibes. For more fun, have a meal at the Dilworth Park Cafe, recharge at the Air Grill Pop-Up Beer Garden or jump through the Dilworth Park Dancing Fountains. Advance reservations are recommended for hour-long skating and discounted matinee skate sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays. Location, Dilworth Park, 1 S 15th St. From 21 April to 16 July.
The Forten Family at the Museum of the Revolution
Fought in the American War of Independence in 1781 and then returned to Philadelphia to become a successful businessman, philanthropist and staunch abolitionist, the exhibit based on the life of James Forten, a freedman of African descent. Learn the history of Forten’s life and follow her family’s 100-year history from the American Revolution to the Civil War and the women’s suffrage movement. Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street through Sunday, November 26.
Comcast Announces Scholarship Contest
Comcast has announced a new round of 100 Philadelphia businesses that will receive a comprehensive grant package including business consulting services, educational resources, $5,000 monetary grants, creative production, media programming and technology transitions. Comcast RISE seeks to support the growth of small businesses while fostering diversity, equity and inclusion as well as community investment. Eligible businesses in Philadelphia can apply for a grant package at www.ComcastRISE.com. They will be announced in August and awarded in September. Learn more at www.ComcastRISE.com. Application from 1st June to 30th June.
Shut Down Burke Coalition History and Art
The exhibition, curated by Jazmin Rivera, features artists Alex Crawford, Annie M. Avillez-Gonzalez, Candy Gonzalez, Chella Ixcopal, Ezra Keno Feliciano, Jasmine Rivera, Jean D’Angelo, Joe Piette, Jose Mazarigos, Julia Katz Terry, Kati Discoll, Lexie Presents. Eveleth, Manuela Guillian, Meg Lemeur, Melissa Beatriz, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Oli No, Romy Torrico, Sarah Kodish-Eskind, Tim Gibbon, TK Dinh. The exhibition will be open till June 11 from 5 pm to 8 pm every Thursday and from 12 noon Friday to Sunday. Until 18:00. Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N 11th St #3, Philadelphia.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Riverside relaxation enthusiasts enjoy hammocks, patio and arcade games, musical performances, and treats from local vendors as they stroll the boardwalk at this warm-weather attraction. Spruce Street Harbor Park is the perfect place for visitors who want to relax and unwind as locals do. Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, through September 24.
Independence Blue Cross River Summerfest Track
Penn’s Landing’s annual celebration includes boardwalk rides, carnival rides, miniature golf, an arcade, the largest outdoor roller skating rink in the city, and more. Plenty of food and drink options, such as funnel cakes at Scali’s, creative cocktails at The Lodge Bar, or favorites like crabfries at Chick & Pete’s. free general admission; Everything else is pay and carry. 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. 12 May to 24 September.
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