Spotlights on our new exhibit, summer interns, and a new season of T-VOCE just inside!
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We are still on a high from the opening reception for Covered: Celebrating Muslim Women. Missed the event? Check out this great re-cap from Laiya St. Clair at Vimeo!
We are full of gratitude this month!

From the culmination of our summer internships, to the beginning of our newest exhibit, September has been a month to remember. If you want to enjoy our intern's reflections on their summer experiences, or come out to our upcoming partner events, have a look below!
Covered: Celebrating Muslim Women
A Series by Yusuf Abdul Jaleel

September 15—November 17, 2018
628 S 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Join Art Sanctuary as we celebrate our new exhibit, Covered: Celebrating Muslim Women. This series, created by artist Yusef Abdul Jaleel, will run from September 15th to November 17th in our gallery. 

"Covered: Celebrating Muslim Women is an illustration series depicting various Muslim women of color. It was created to combat the negative stereotypes associated with modesty and covering. Muslim women are the most recognizable symbol of Islam today, and have been ridiculed and deemed “oppressed” for following guidelines mandated by their religion. It is my hope to counter these negative stereotypes by showing the variety and beauty of those who cover." —Yusef Abdul Jaleel

Art Sanctuary, Opera Philadelphia, Play, on, Philly, and Singing City Present:
T-VOCE: Teen Voices of the City Ensemble
Ages 13-19 | Registration Open Now!

T-VOCE (tee-VO-chay) is a free choir open to area teens. A collaboration between Art Sanctuary, Opera Philadelphia, Play On, Philly!, and Singing City. T-VOCE is a chance for you to share your talents with each other and the community. T-VOCE comes from the Italian word “voce,” meaning “voice,” because this choir is all about empowering and celebrating the voice of Philadelphia youth and their overwhelming talents.

We encourage you to join the choir to make friends as well as great music. T-VOCE is open to everyone aged 13-19. You don’t need to have ANY musical experience to join.

It’s FREE to participate! Rehearsals will be every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. from October through May at Friends Center 1501 Cherry Street in Center City Philadelphia, just blocks away from City Hall and SEPTA’s Suburban Station regional rail lines. We’ll also provide assistance with subway and bus transportation.

Let your voice be heard with our multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Again, you don’t need to have any musical training or background to join T-VOCE, just a love of singing!

Yinka Orafidiya: Socially Engaged Ceramic Art Presents: 

Wednesday, September 26—Saturday, October 6
Temple Contemporary (2001 N. 13th St)
Dear Friends,
I'm reaching out to ask for your help in spreading the word about my current project, CRAFTING COMMUNITY: Africa to America.

Project Statement:
Building upon a recent trip to West Africa where she studied traditional Ghanaian pottery techniques, Yinka Orafidiya invites Black women in the Philadelphia area to join her in making clay vessels by hand. The pottery will be produced in a communal fashion, allowing for multiple participants to contribute to the completion of a single vessel. Conceived out of contemplations on social identity and longings for sisterhood, CRAFTING COMMUNITY strives to celebrate and connect a diverse demographic of Black women through shared artistic experiences.  

I'm offering FREE hands-on workshops to Black women Sept 26th - Oct 6th at Temple Contemporary (2001 N. 13th Street) and right now I really need your help to fill these slots. Please share this project within your respective social circles. All self-identified Black women are invited to participate. 
For Women Collective and Tomorrow's Girls & Women Present:
Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 1-4pm
Fellowship Hall at Church of The Brethren (6611 Germantown Ave)

Domestic violence impacts families in many ways: emotionally, physically, economically, spiritually. Let us be among those who support survivors.  Join For Women Collective and Tomorrow's Girls & Women for UNSILENCED: Behind The Wall.

Events Include:

  • Keynote Speaker: Kamillah Abdul, Poet
  • Panel Discussion facilitated by Annette Deigh, featuring: Eric Marsh, Wanda Flowers, Osayimwese Nadir Karuma, and Nassuni Abdul-Karim.
  • "Purple Passion Fashion Show" featuring volunteer attendees.
  • Performances by For Women Collective and guests.
  • Plus, activities for children!
Opera Philadelphia, Art Sanctuary, PNC Arts Alive, & the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation present: 
Opera on the Mall: We Shall Not Be Moved
Saturday, September 29 @ 7pm
Independence National Historical Park (143 S 3rd St
Tickets are FREE but registration is recommended. Register at
Pack your picnic baskets and blankets for a FREE, big-screen broadcast of We Shall Not Be Moved, a new opera directed by the legendary Bill T. Jones and inspired by the writings of Philadelphia high school students. Join us for this incredible event in the shadow of Independence Hall. This opera came out of Art Sanctuary and Opera Philadelphia’s collaborative program Hip H’opera!
Combining spoken word, contemporary dance, classical, R&B, and jazz singing, We Shall Not Be Moved tells the story of five North Philadelphia teens on the run. Their confrontation with a local police officer rises from the enduring ashes of the Philadelphia Police Department's 1985 bombing of the MOVE compound in West Philadelphia. This opera asks “For whom America the Beautiful?” and raises timely questions about national identity, race, gender, the failure for some in the public education system, and personal responsibility. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
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