Emergency Art Action to Fund Black Futures

Video Credit: Big Picture Alliance

THANK YOU To Emergency Art Action Speakers & Performers

Please Consider Making a Donation Directly to These Organizations and Individuals!
Website, Social Media + Payment Info Below
StarFire, Event MCInstagram, VenMo: @StarFire_369, CashApp: $StarFire369
Robinette Jones, DJInstagram, CashApp: $RobinetteJones
Val Gay (Fortress Arts Academy), Performerpersonal website, Fortress Arts website, Instagram, Cash App: $FortressArts or $ValGay215
Karen Smith Drums, Performerwebsite, VenMo: @lesliehamiltonwrites
Emyne, Performerwebsite, Instagram, PayPal, CashApp: $Emyne
Deleqúa, PerformerInstagram, CashApp: $HISENTERTAINMENT
Terrell Green, Performerwebsite, Instagram, CashApp: $267productionsco
MadBeatz Philly, Performerswebsite, Instagram, Facebook, PayPal: madbeatzphilly
Keisha Watley, Visual Artistwebsite, Instagram, CashApp: $customarts
Liam Halsted, Performer via Almanac Dance Circus Theatrewebsite, PayPal
Lindo Jones, Performer website, Instagram, VenMo: @LindoYes
My Le, Speaker via Youth Art Self-Empowerment Project (YASP)website, Instagram, PayPal
Extreme Kreations, Drum Line – CashApp: $empressadonia
West Powelton, Drum Linewebsite, Instagram, Patreon

Big Picture Alliance Media Team: Jordany Uceta, Nasya Jenkins, Jose Quintana, Eli Laban, Courtnee OwensPayPal
Fleisher Teen Lounge Team: Aigner LeMay (CashApp: $muffyael), Joi Thompson (CashApp: $MrsNikkiShaw), Darby Raynor (CashApp: $darbray04)
Sound Team: Jackie Milestone, Elissa Fredeen
Logistics Team: Jamie Merwin
LiveStream Coordinator: James Jackson / Light Thief

Emergency Art Action to Fund Black Futures

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | 1-3pm
Steps of The Philadelphia Museum of Art (followed by procession to City Hall)

The Artist Coalition for a Just Philadelphia held an Emergency Art Action to Fund Black Futures on Tuesday, June 16th at 1pm at the steps of The Philadelphia Museum of Art (followed by procession to City Hall), coinciding with City Council hearings on the 2021 budget!

This action utilized the power of artistic expression in the form of music, dance and visual art to demand a city budget that funds black futures by Defunding the Police and Saving the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. We invite all Philadelphians to join us in expressing how the arts are essential to our communities and demand a city budget that defends black life, art and culture! The voices of Black, Indigenous, and POC artists are centered and amplified.

Watch the video below to Learn Spiral Q‘s Healing & Reconciliation Dance, which concluded the event!

1. Participate in the Action!
Join us in person on the steps of the art museum as an individual or organization! Interested to join? Fill Out This Form! And, please practice social distancing!

2. Contribute to The Event
If you are able, please consider making a donation to the event via Rock To The Future. All funds collected will be used to pay performers/speakers at the event itself.

3. Spread the word on social media using these graphics and hashtags:
#FundBlackFutures #ArtIsEssential #DefundThePPD #SavePhillyArtsAndCulture #SaveThePCF #KenneysCutsHurt

4. Contact City Council!
We are making strides, and making change, so we must keep up the pressure–– we have a world to win!

We stand in solidarity with essential workers, educators and organizers, and make the following demands to defending our cultural practices, platforms, and identities:

-Implement an ongoing divestment strategy from the Philadelphia Police Department, beginning with zero increase to the PPD police budget in 2021 and an overall budget decrease in order to reinvest in essential services and the arts in Philadelphia.

-Preserve, protect and invest in the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF).

– Access to arts education for all Philadelphia Youth, including those with disabilities, English Language learners, those living in poverty, black students and students of color, students in foster care, and students experiencing homelessness.

Artist Coalition for a Just Philadelphia is a collective of grassroots arts organizations committed to using the power of the arts to uplift community voices in the fight for racial, social and economic justice.

For More Information Contact: savephillyartsandculture@gmail.com