Join us for our Juneteenth celebration, as we commemorate the day that all enslaved people were officially emancipated in the U.S. and celebrate both past and present Black joy, resistance, culture, and community.
The day includes live DJ sets, storytelling, poetry performances, live percussion, a vendor marketplace, community resources, and a live art installation by Melannie Taylor of Spiral Q(read more about this below!)
This celebration is rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, it will be held in the Eastwick Pavilion.
Check out this year’s Juneteenth artists!
MELANNIE TAYLOR “THE VOICE OF MOD3 AND ASD”
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
A guided maze installation environment/experience that speaks to the conditions for women and gender-oppressed individuals currently incarcerated at MOD3 and ASD. The multimedia installation will share letters from incarcerated people and utilize shadow light ensemble movement as the precursor to advocating for and alongside the compassionate release of the women of Riverside Correctional Facility to have a voice. Read more here
Melannie Taylor (She/They) is a Black Director, Playwright, and Artivist dedicated to holding space and reverence for Black people in America that seek healing and justice. They were born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and are currently working with the Dignity Act Now Collective as Co-founder and Director of Theatre of the Liberated. They developed the idea for their InQbate project The Voice of Mod3 and ASD because they want to bring awareness and awaken the community of Philadelphia to the conditions of the Incarceration System. They attended the University of the Arts.
Supa Tang @supawhirl
She is the host and DJ for the “Reggae Surge Show” every Sat 9pm 11pm on WGGT-LP 92.9 FM. You can find her at Harriet’s bookstore or Ida’s spinning roots and culture for the people.www.gtownradio.com
DJ Jay @acidhouseparty
House head and perennial student of true DJ culture, Jay is an old soul walking around in a young body. Her selections and composure are evidence of immersive study and the resilience that comes with early maturity.
Paul Best (Storyteller) @iampauldbest
“Our Sun Paul” is serving as president of Keepers of the Culture and is also a middle school educator. Paul loves telling stories, personal, real and imaginary. A dynamic and humorous teller, he enjoys taking on characters and engaging everyone in his story circle. He is here to do the will of his ancestors.
DJ Pauly Paul @phillysownpauliepaul
A Philly-based DJ who likes to spin club and house music. He is a club veteran and a gayborhood staple. His music will move your body and set your spirit free.
Jacqueline Constance @jacqcon
“Armed with just a mic, her digital sampling foot pedal and a small mixer, Jacqueline turns breaths, sighs and words into funky orchestral pastures for her lyrics to frolic through.” https://soundcloud.com/jacqconmusic
“Cultural Architect” perfectly describes the role of DuiJi 13. Based in Philadelphia, he has transformed the role of the DJ from entertainer to a community asset. He is a founding member of both the Sofistifunk and Vinyl Tap 215 DJ collectives. DuiJi’s eclecticism draws all people while showing us the sacredness of our inherent connections. DuiJi’s passion and work have raised the cultural expectations for DJs in communities everywhere.https://www.mixcloud.com/MUMSM/
Ankh Fyre @ankhfyre_tv
ANKH FYRE is a distinguished international artist. Born and raised in West Philly, ANKH FYRE descends from Saturn as one of the most dynamic artists of the twenty-first century. Formally known as Joseph Xavier-Mack, this artist has shared his gifts with artists of various genres from around the World. From the very minute he opens his mouth ANKH transforms the atmosphere of any room into a shrine of the world’s most progressive music that will soften the most hardened heart.https://soundcloud.com/ankhfyre9 https://ankhfyre.com/