Art For Action is a program inspired by InLiquid’s Juvenile In Justice (2013) exhibition, which was the proud winner of the 2014 PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in Honor of Peggy Amsterdam (Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia). In light of recent education budget cuts in Philadelphia, arts education and programming have taken a step backward. As opportunities for individuals and youth to gain exposure to and appreciation for the arts are being diminished, it’s up to our communities to help replace these resource gaps and foster awareness around these issues. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, our project involves collaboration with various artists and organizations in Philadelphia, allowing us to diversify the accessibility of art programming and help connect youth and disadvantaged communities with local programs in their neighborhoods. Art For Action includes social justice art exhibitions and events, and interactive workshops, provided by InLiquid artist members, guest artists, and local art organizations. We are also developing arts education experiences and opportunities in alignment with our Art For Action exhibitions and programs. Our main partner venues include Crane Arts and the Painted Bride Art Center.

Elisabeth Nickles

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