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Oops! Our Picks correction, Plus, Betty Leacraft lunch talk at African American Museum in Philadelphia, feature on the Redcross’s October Gallery in Germantown, and Opportunity at Delaware State University

Summertime Hello! We round up the News all year long because not only is it always sunny in Philadelphia but there's always amazing stuff going on! You know it, too. Here's a few nuggets about Betty Leacraft, the Redcrosses October Gallery in Germantown and a great opportunity in Delaware.



Oops, Correction to August Our Picks!

Dear folks, in our monthly Our Picks newsletter emailed yesterday, we “typo’d” the date for the Liyana film screening for Blackstar Film festival. We regret the mistake! Below is the corrected listing. And, here’s a link to the complete Our Picks for August. ALSO, readers, if you want to stay up on what’s the best to see in Philadelphia arts and culture, sign up for our Newsletters!

August 2–5, 2018, various times and locations
Blackstar Film Festival

Festival Website
Thursday, August 2, 7:00pm—Milwaukee 53206
Info / Tickets
Friday, August 3, 2:15pm—The Black Museum
Info / Tickets
Saturday, August 4, 5:00pm—Liyana
Info / Tickets
Saturday, August 4, 8:30pm—Jinn
Info / Tickets

Now in it’s seventh year and going strong, Blackstar Film Festival rounds up an amazing (and frankly rather overwhelming) 80 films in its 2018 run! We are big fans of this Philly-grown, internationally-known celebration of contemporary black filmmakers and films. Here are a few selections we’d like to shout out. They sound excellent! And before you plan your days of sitting and watching these films, treat your body the FREE morning yoga sessions at the nearby Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Terrace, with the popular Jean-Jacques Gabriel. Admission is available on a space-available basis. Mats and water will be provided.

Betty Leacraft, with "Kensington Memories" quilt, at opening of Space Agency exhibition, Icebox Project Space, 2018
Betty Leacraft, with “Kensington Memories” quilt, at opening of Space Agency exhibition, Icebox Project Space, 2018

Our friend Betty Leacraft is featured artist for the African American Museum in Philadelphia‘s Collective Conscious ArtBreak lunch tour, Thursday, Aug. 16, 12:30 – 1:15 PM. Betty’s quilt “Kensington Memories,” is featured in the Collective Conscious exhibition, which Michael Lieberman told you about. If you have’t seen the show yet (it’s up to August 26), this is a great chance to do so and to hear Betty tell the story of researching and creating the piece, which deals with the racist real estate practice of “red lining” in Philadelphia. Her piece was originally commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the Philadelphia Assembled project.

Do you know about October Gallery in the Germantown home of the Redcrosses?  Read about it! Then plan your trip.


Via Andrea Kirsh and the CAA newsletter…Open Call at The Arts Center/Gallery at Delaware State University – DEADLINE AUG. 20, 2018

Peace & Justice

The Exhibition: The Arts Center/Gallery’s (ACG) is seeking artwork submissions related to any an all interpretations of the broad theme of peace and justice. The curated exhibition will present a diverse examination of the theme while emphasizing media/material experimentation.

The Arts Center/Gallery: Delaware State University’s Arts Center/Gallery (ACG) brings to the University community and the community-at-large a variety of cultural and educational exhibits that promote excellence in the arts and humanities. The ACG and accompanying programs play an important role in arts education processes in schools and community settings throughout the state of Delaware.

Deadline: All submissions must be received via email by August 20, 2018. Completed entries must include required information (see below), curriculum vitae, and artwork image(s).

Fees: There is no submission fee. There is a maximum of three (3) entries per artist.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all artists, 18 years or older.

Requirements: All submitted works must be original and have been created within the past five years.

See complete listing with application details.