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Proud Pennsylvania: Building Regional Economies that Work for All – Jul 11

Posted on July 9, 2019

Next Thursday Gathering | July 11 | 3 – 8 pm
3675 Market Street, 3rd Floor

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Program for 07/11

4:00-5:00pm | “Proud Pennsylvania: Building Regional Economies that Work for All” with Judy Wicks and Oneal Latimore | Proud PA is a statewide non-profit that is working to connect supply chains between locally owned farms and local entrepreneurs in order to build self-reliant and resilient regional economies, which both mitigate carbons and prepare us for climate change. Proud Pa works in five areas: Hemp, Local Food, Renewable Energy, Plant Medicines and Zero Waste. We work with the Proud PA Legislative Working Group in Harrisburg to advocate legislation that supports sustainable regional economies and local ownership in the emerging cannabis industries.

5:00-5:45pm | “Fruits of Matadero” Exhibit Opening Talk | “It’s not a summer without it!” says an advertisement from the 1930s. For over a hundred years, popsicles have been cultural icons. They refresh us, make us smile, and help us enjoy memorable moments with each other. Today, we need them more than ever—not only to cool down but also to remember what we can personally do to endure the heat waves within urban areas. “Fruits of Matadero” is an exhibition by Orkan Telhan about growing popsicles in public spaces to develop new forms of cooling rituals that gather friends and families under an oasis of palm trees. “When it is hot in July, we gather under the canopy, eat our popsicles and think about the Paris agreement,” will say one young climate advocate, enjoying their “red” popsicle.

5:45-6:15pm | “How to Throw a Citywide Dance Party – With No Budget!” | Learn how Philadelphia Dance Day came to be and how this annual nonprofit event has grown into perhaps the largest community dance festival in the tri-state area. Founder and organizer Deborah Hirsch will also discuss how dance has become a widely accepted form of fitness over the last two decades, allowing entrepreneurs like herself to make a business out of dancing beyond the traditional ballroom or dance studio.

6:00-6:45pm | “Staying GRITTY In Your Startup Journey” a panel with Fulphil | Tiffany Yau, John Gamba, Izzy Jackson, and André Davis | Entrepreneurship is like learning how to jump off a cliff and learning how to build a plane on the way down. We all know that creating something from scratch is tough, but continuing the journey is even harder. Join us for an empowering evening featuring an inspiring panel of Philadelphia’s present and future changemakers who will provide insightful content featuring how to overcome failure, stay resilient, and realize your why.

6:30-7:00pm | “Creating Community Through Dance” a fireside chat | Dance has filled many roles in history – from celebrations to rituals to entertainment to art. In more recent years, the impact and even definition of dance has grown to be many more things including fitness, philanthropy, and community building. Hear from one of the city’s most well known Zumba instructors, Lehla Olson, as she chats with Philadelphia Dance Day co-chair, Kirwei Lo, about how dance can bring people together to celebrate and support local and global causes.

6:45-7:00 | Raqs al-Sharqi Presentation: Pop-up Performance | Bellydancer and Philadelphia Dance Day co-chair, Roberto Mejia, enjoys creating authentic and imaginative performances for audiences of all walks of life, and he holds and practices the belief that dance can be used to bridge cultures.

7:00-7:45pm | Dance Day Sneak Peek workshop | Jacqui Sadashige, Dani Lespinasse, & Deb Hirsch | Get a sneak peek on what to expect at Philadelphia Dance Day an join in an outdoor dance partyand get your heart rate up with easy-to-follow cardio routines led by dance fitness instructors*Jacqui Sadashige*and*Dani Lespinasse*. Plus learn the essentials for social dancing to bachata rhythms with a mini crash course led by *Deb Hirsch*, Philadelphia Dance Day founder and organizer and owner of Ballroom Bliss/Philly Dance Fitness. *If you plan to participate in the dance fitness segment, please bring or wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Street or business casual clothing works just fine for the social dance instruction. No dance experience required!*

Gallery Tours:

3:45-4:30pm | Gallery Tour 1 (book here)
6:45-7:30pm | Gallery Tour 2 (book here)

Join the Esther Klein Gallery for a tour of the exhibition “Fruits of Matadero,” by artist Orkan Telhan. “Fruits of Matadero” is a public commission by Matadero Madrid and the Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives, Spain and featured at the Esther Klein Gallery. The concept explores the potential of growing microbially-augmented popsicles to develop new forms of cooling rituals in public space. The project responded to the necessity of acclimating the intense heat waves experienced in Madrid due to extreme urbanization and the climate crisis.

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