The Northwest Sanctuary Project

Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 pm – 5 pm

The Immigrant Innovation Hub

6700 Germantown Ave. (Entrance on Westview) 

Free Admission

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The Northwest Sanctuary Project is a free creative arts event for community members of all ages taking place this Sunday, December 11th from 1-5 p.m. This four-hour semi-structured event provides a forum where community members, artists, storytellers, writers and musicians can join together to promote positive messages of peace, inclusivity, and love for our community and all of its members through the creation of art, written pieces, stories, and poetry. This event is in response to the recent rise of incidents of hate speech in our nation. The project is sponsored by Mt. Airy Art Garage, Mt. Airy USA, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Al Bustan Seeds of Culture, Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild, the Philadelphia Children’s March, and Friends of Germantown-Northwest.

The Northwest Sanctuary Project consists of ten varied activities and workshops for people of all ages, including opportunities for participants to express themselves through watercolor painting, sign construction, writing activities, our very own “Post-It Note” wall, creating and telling stories, collaborative poetry construction, and more! Young children and adults alike can make paper cranes for peace, create a watercolor painting, make a sign, or decorate their own “safety cape” to wear. Workshop leaders include artists, writers, school psychologists, community arts organization leaders and storytellers. Music and spoken word poetry will be provided as well. For a list of times and teachers on Sunday, click this link for details.

Participants are welcome to attend workshops, or to observe and partake in whatever is of interest to them. Drop-ins welcome! Refreshments will be served and Peacekeepers will attend the event to ensure safe speech during the event.

The scope of this project is not to fight negativity with negativity, but to create sanctuary and unify the community.  The heart of the project is to facilitate healing and connection in the community through artistic expression and dialogue, and the aim is to foster and cultivate a safe space for everyone in the community through love and support expressed visually through artistic expression. Eventually the project hopes to display the artistic creations made by participants in local business window fronts, or as local exhibition. For more information or if you have questions, email Sarah Napolitan at sarah_napolitan@yahoo.com or Linda Slodki  at linda@mtairyartgarage.org.