Two days before President Elect Donald Trump takes the oval office, Painted Bride Art Center will launch its new initiative, the Art and Change Collective (ACC). The ACC will work to generate a network of young adults in Philadelphia who are passionate about activism, the arts, and community building. The collective’s first event, Thirsty for Change, is a hybrid launch party, happy hour, and information session for the upcoming inauguration. Thirsty for Change happens Wednesday, January 18 from 6PM to 8 PM.
The Art and Change Collective began as Painted Bride Art Center’s “young friends” affiliate group, inviting artists, activists, and young professionals to discover opportunities to mobilize and create change through self-expression. However, as social and political issues becomes increasingly salient on the national stage, Painted Bride saw an opportunity to use the initiative for more.
Thirsty for Change is just the beginning of a series of events aimed at young professionals and artists in the city who wish to learn how their work can be a conduit for social change and engagement. In addition to providing beer and wine, the event will have a station to make protest signs, information on local marches scheduled for inauguration weekend, as well as information on how to travel safely to Washington, D.C on the 20th.
“We want the Art and Change Collective to catalyze a new wave of changemakers who love both the Painted Bride and our city” says Giva Wilkerson, a Founding Member of the ACC. “In the coming months, artmaking, community building, and activism will be more important than ever, and I’m glad that I can be a part creating a space for that at Painted Bride.”
Admission is free. First drink is free when you RVSP HERE or by calling the box office at 215-925-9914.