Grace Period. Community Ritual for Collective Healing @ Germantown Espresso Bar

Event Schedule

May 16, 2021
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Grace Period. A Community Ritual for Collective Healing is a community ritual taking place at select make/shift memorial sites across the city in the spirit of remembrance and resilience, hope and healing.

Our first ritual/memorial will take place on Sunday, May 16th at Germantown Espresso (26 Maplewood Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19144). The Building Bridges artists will activate the memorial with a pop-up performative ritual at 7pm. 

The community is invited to join the artists and participate in the ritual in whatever ways inspire you. You can come and leave a poem or a prayer, a photo or a piece of art, adding an offering of your choice to the community altar. You are also welcome to just come and observe and hold space in collective honor and remembrance.

This event is BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair!) Masks are required!


If you would like to make a digital offering to the Grace Period. project you can: 

Memorial spaces will be designed and activated by the Painted Bride’s Building Bridges 2020-2021 cohort of multi-disciplinary artists including Annielille Gavino, Anthony Carlos Molden, Caitlin Green, James Sprang and ursula rucker. Artists have been commissioned by the Bride to create a memorial offering inspired by their artistic methods for mourning loss and finding grace in moments of personal reflection and community connection.

This new pandemic era has taken away so much, including our ability to gather and mourn, celebrate and heal…togetherGrace Period. is both an offering and an invitation to reclaim and restore the precious time and sacred space of remembrance our dearly departed so greatly deserve.

Commissioned works by the Painted Bride’s Building Bridges artists include: a lyrical prayer poem by ursula rucker, “Our Vitality is Lush” an original soundscape by James Allister Sprang, “Moving Through Not On” a digital dance performed and presented as a short film by frequent cohort collaborators Caitlin Green and Annielille Gavino, and “Spirits Lighthouse”, a sculptural work by Anthony Carlos Molden that will serve as the memorial structure to house the artists’ and community offerings at each site.