Includes artist talks, poetry readings, dance & music performances, open mic, and more. Salon events are free to the public and operate with the purpose of bringing education, awareness, and entertainment to the Philadelphia community. 


In this community-based creative writing workshop we will explore the many levels and styles of creative writing including poetry and creative nonfiction. We will be exploring themes of identity, family, movement/migration, myths/folklore, protest, love, and more. Additionally, we will be using the gallery space to unify storytelling and art by looking at the historical connections between visual and literary art. For more information please visit http://twelvegatesarts.org/cww


transform(art)ive: ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

A series of 1 to 7 days of art exhibitions or provoked expression in conjunction with talks panel & discussions on issues of social justice, engaging and inspiring the community into critical thinking and empathetic understanding of the world around us.


Annual Contemporary Experimental Video Art Festival celebrating contemporary video art created by artists from or about the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, now in its 3rd year. Subjects and themes for the exhibit include queer, controversial, poetic, abstract, political, philosophical, uncensored - anything that stretches beyond conventional.


A city-wide performance art biennial platform dedicated to the genre of performance art in Philadelphia serving and presenting works by contemporary performance artists referencing regions of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Subjects and themes of perform(art)ive vary from one edition to another. The first edition held in 2015 included themes of queer, gender, women, oppression, equal rights, social justice, and censorship.  of artists whose work will illuminate the South Asian-diasporic experience as well as the medium of performance art itself. The physical presence of the artists in the space and the effect that has on the viewer makes for an unforgettable and inspiring experience.

RSVP: info@twelvegatesarts.org

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