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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 1 PM – 3 PM at the PMA steps

Artist Coalition for a Just Philadelphia will hold an Emergency Art Action to Fund Black Futures on June 16th, 1pm at the steps of The Philadelphia Museum of Art (followed by procession to City Hall), coinciding with City Council hearings on the 2021 budget! This action will use the power of artistic expression in the form of music, dance and visual art to demand a city budget that funds black futures by Defunding the Police and Saving the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. We invite all Philadelphians to join us in expressing how the arts are essential to our communities and demand a city budget that defends black life, art and culture! The voices of Black, Indigenous, and POC artists will be centered and amplified.

GET INVOLVED!
1. Participate in the Action!
Join us in person on the steps of the art museum as an individual or organization! (*please practice social distancing)

2. Join us from home by watching the live stream!
Contribute a statement, song, dance or art work to the event by posting the facebook event, or posting

3. Spread the word on social media using these hashtags:
#FundBlackFutures#ArtIsEssential#DefundThePPD#SavePhillyArtsAndCulture#SaveThePCF#NoToZeroForTheArts
#KenneysCutsHurt

4. Contact City Council!
https://notozero.art/contact/
(We are making strides, and making change, so we must keep up the pressure–– we have a world to win! )

5. DONATE!
To pay performers and artists for the event
http://bit.ly/payourartists

OUR DEMANDS:
We stand in solidarity with essential workers, educators and organizers, and make the following demands to defending our cultural practices, platforms, and identities:

-Implement an ongoing divestment strategy from the Philadelphia Police Department, beginning with zero increase to the PPD police budget in 2021 and a 10% overall budget decrease to reinvest in essential services and the arts in Philadelphia.

-Preserve, protect and invest in the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF).

– Access to arts education for all Philadelphia Youth, including those with disabilities, English Language learners, those living in poverty, black students and students of color, students in foster care, and students experiencing homelessness.

WHO WE ARE
Artist Coalition for a Just Philadelphia is a collective of grassroots arts organizations committed to using the power of the arts to uplift community voices in the fight for racial, social and economic justice.

For More Information Contact: savephillyartsandculture@gmail.com