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In the Sanctuary, sponsored by PECO

During the Celebration of Black Arts Festival we'll host weekly events in our gallery - In the Sanctuary: Messages from the Elders, sponsored by PECO. During this program, we will hear from notable authors who will read from their work, answer audience questions, and record an interview for our podcast series.

Tuesday, May 9: Marita Golden

7pm -  PECO Presents: In the Sanctuary: Messages from the Elders | Marita Golden, Art Sanctuary Gallery (628 S. 16th Street), FREE (donations welcome), RSVP HERE 

In partnership with the Delaware Valley African-American Alzheimer’s Association, join us in welcoming Marita Golden, author, professor, founder of the African-American Writers Guild, and co-founder of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation. Ms. Golden will share her experiences with us through readings from The Wide Circumference of Love, discussion of the impact of Alzheimer's disease in the African American community, and audience Q&As. This intimate and insightful conversation will be recorded for our podcast series and conducted by Philadelphia Radio icon, Patty Jackson. You don't want to miss this event!  

Sunday, May 14: Elijah Anderson

3pm -  In the Sanctuary: Elijah Anderson, Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway), $10 for visitors $8 for members and free for students, REGISTER ONLINE OR AT 215-278-7200 

In partnership with the Barnes Foundation, join us in welcoming Elijah Anderson, William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University, for his lecture on Race and Civility in Everyday Life. From the Barnes Foundation: "Dr. Anderson will discuss his current ethnographic research in relation to the “cosmopolitan canopy,” which he defines as an island of mutual respect in a virtual sea of racial segregation.  Join us for an exploration of the racial divide and how we can build a more inclusive and diverse society." 

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