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Explore Philadelphia! The following is a list of recommended events and local attractions you might check out while you are in town.





River Rooms Walking Tour
Bartram's Garden
5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday, October 16th, 5-7pm

The simple act of observing the natural world is an essential step to understanding nature. Art can create ways to entice people to spend time with nature and allow the understanding to take root. The River Rooms create a special space in nature for observation. Tour the installations with the artist and learn about the unique history of the Lower Schuylkill. Get your free ticket in advance.

 yaelPortrait of Yael Bartana. Photo by Birgit Kaulfuss. Image courtesy of the artist and Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2018.

Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA
Pay what you wish every Wednesday from 5-8:45pm

Taking the complex history of Jewish-Polish identity as its point of departure, Bartana addresses the themes of nationhood, memory, and belonging by employing a visual vocabulary reminiscent of Stalinist and Zionist propaganda. The trilogy chronicles a fictional political movement called the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP), which advocates for the return of over three million Jews to their forgotten Polish homeland. Informed by the histories of the Israeli settlement movement, Zionism, anti-Semitism, and the Palestinian right of return, the trilogy uses the real and the imagined to speak to global complexities about identity and self-determination in an increasingly unstable world.

 yaelCreos, Prismatica. Interactive sculpture installation coming to Cherry Street Pier October 13–27.

Festival for the People | Presented by Philadelphia Contemporary  + Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
Cherry St Pier and Race St Pier, Delaware River Waterfront, Philadelphia, PA
Free + Open to the Public - attend as part of the Tuesday meet-up at La Peg

The Festival for the People offers a place of play and civic conviviality. Under this elegant re-designed waterfront pier, the public of Philadelphia can gather together to share in a form of public intimacy, expression and wonder. You can type messages on typewriters, you can play on illuminated seesaws, you can sit on couches and enjoy short films, you can meet artists from across the city, and you can simply relax. This festival, in a sense, offers a sanctuary.

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Leeway @ 25 presents The Changemakers Cabaret
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Free + Open to the public | Tuesday, October 16, 7-10pm

The Changemakers Cabaret returns after almost ten years to celebrate the artists, cultural producers and community partners who have been part of Leeway’s journey. An evening of movement, words and sound, celebrating artists, cultural producers and community. Hosted by Catzie Vilayphonh (ACG '14, '10, LTA '10, WOO '02) & Ezra Berkley Nepon (LTA '14, ACG '07), featuring performances by:
Cynthia Dewi Oka - poet, community organizer and author
Judith Sachs - actor & dancer
LaTreice Branson - educator, community activist and drummer
Ursula Rucker - poet, recording artist
Wit López - performer, curator, and visual artist
Music provided by Chaska Sofia aka dj precolumbia

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Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine St, Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, October 18th, 3-5pm

The Performance Garage is committed to supporting Philadelphia’s professional dance community by provide access to it rehearsal space and theatre as an incubator for classes, rehearsals, workshops, and productions. Please join us for a tour of the Performance Garage, light refreshments, and a chance to learn more about DanceVisions--our residency program.

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Conversations@Moore: Exploring Artist Residency Opportunities Moore College of Art & Design
1916 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, October 18th, 3-4:30pm

Artist residencies are research and development labs for the arts with over 500 programs in the U.S and more than 1,500 internationally. Join a lively discussion exploring the incredible range of programs - supporting artists across disciplines and career stage. Hear from an international group of residency directors on what makes their program unique. Learn tips for researching, applying for, and funding opportunities - as well as how to maximize your experience. This event is co-sponsored by the Alliance of Artist Communities who are holding their annual meeting in Philadelphia. Supported by Moore College of Art & Design.

Presenters include: Rivet, Watermill Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, AIR Taipei Culture Foundation, Ox Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency.

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Philadelphia is home to a vibrant and flourishing art-scene - check out the streets for public art and the following options for special time-specific adventures!

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Admission to the ICA is free for all ages, always.

Through films, objects, and installation, Give It or Leave It offers an emotional axis by which to navigate four distinct universes: Alice Coltrane and her ashram, a 1966 photo shoot by Bill Ray at Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers, Noah Purifoy and his desert assemblages, and black spiritualist Rebecca Cox Jackson and her Shaker community. These locations, while not technically utopian societies, embody sites of historical speculation and radical generosity between artist and community. In reimagining a future through this mix, Smith casts a world that is black, feminist, spiritual, and unabashedly alive.

The Plant That Heals May Also Poison
Ree Morton produced a prescient body of work rich in emotion and philosophically complex. Long celebrated by peers and younger generations, Morton’s influence on contemporary art remains considerable yet muted, her legacy widely underrecognized. Gathered in this exhibition are works produced during her short but prolific career, which span mediums and materials; reimagine tropes of love, friendship, and motherhood; and radically assert sentiment as a legitimate subject of artmaking.


Monument Lab
Various locations throughout the city

A public art and history initiative, Monument Lab is a team of curators, artists, scholars, and students who ask open research questions and build prototype monuments in public spaces. Through their practice they cultivate contemporary artworks, generate publicly sourced civic data, and co-author interpretive experiences: "Our goals: to unearth the next generation of monuments and change the ways we write the history of cities together." Visit their website to find an intervention near you - or plan a visit to one as a way to explore the city!



There are many excellent dining options just a short walk from the hotel. Here is a small sampling!

Breakfast + Lunch

Reading Terminal Market - A short walk from the Hotel takes you to myriad food stalls and diners all under the same roof.

Double Knot - All-day concept with two floors of beautiful design - coffee and cocktails upstairs, sushi bar and robatayaki below. During the day DK welcomes early risers and adventurous lunch goers.
Dinner + After hours
El Vez - Striking the ideal balance between a south-of-the-border celebration and a hot and flashy Las Vegas blowout, El Vez is the embodiment of Mex-Eclectic spirit.
Yakitori Boy - Izakaya style dining with daily special menus including skewers, sushi and other Japanese small plates. Karaoke option!
Charlie was a Sinner - High-end vegetarian bistro with signature drinks.

Lunch is provided as part of your conference registration. Coffee/tea is available at the conference site each morning at 8:30am.

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