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Advocacy Blog

We are committed to reflecting on the role of public culture and the responsibilities of cultural organizations. This blog engages social issues and ideas that reflect our organization's values as well as the concerns of our publics. It is both a resource for sharing knowledge and a forum that extends beyond our projects.

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"There cannot be a situation where the writer creates something that does not carry its social mark."

− Osip Brik, The Social Command (1929)

Advocacy Blog

Engage with social issues and ideas that reflect our organizational values

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In Philadelphia
Nov 12, 2016

In these dark times, there is a need for safe spaces and sanctuaries like Slought where people can come together to care for and reflect with one another, privately and publicly. We are committed to constructing this space.

May 19, 2016

MK Asante, the acclaimed author of Buck, speaks with Lorene Cary and young adults about safety, agency, and the power of language.

Dec 11, 2015

A collaborative proposal that responds to and critiques the epidemic of youth violence and fatality in Philadelphia.

Dec 10, 2015

This week Aaron Levy delivered a graduation speech at York College of Pennsylvania on the importance of the humanities to everyday life.

Aug 12, 2015

Aaron Levy, Adrienne D'Elia and Olivia Horn reflect on openness, access and engaging - physically and psychologically - city and street.

Aug 01, 2014

A conversation with educator and novelist Lorene Cary about social structures and the relationship between memory, caring, and justice.

Aug 10, 2012

I think that the city needs to be more green but also less red. There's just too much red right now, meaning violence, and I think you should take this into consideration.

Jul 22, 2012

The spatial politics of race and class, the privatization of public space, and the ecological crisis we all face on this planet -- all this is forcing us to think in profoundly different ways about architecture than we might previously have been inclined.

In the World
Jul 07, 2016

An interview with artist Fazal Sheikh about dispossession and the loss of memory and identity following the the Arab-Israeli War of 1948

Nov 18, 2015

A conversation with artist Tanja Ostojić about the physical, emotional, and intellectual consequences of migration and displacement.

Sep 07, 2015

A conversation with artist Tímea Anita Oravecz about the possibility of migrating across political and ideological borders.

Aug 10, 2015

Olivia Horn reflects on photographs of Cuba by Geoffrey James, and the potential for photography to enable cultural understanding.

Jul 31, 2015

Olivia Horn reflects on how nonprofits can develop organizational and interpersonal structures that respect the power of the volunteer.

Dec 04, 2014

A conversation with doctor Rebecca Gomperts of Women on Waves about strategies of empowerment and advocating for women's health and reproductive rights

Jun 23, 2014

A conversation with philosopher Samuel Weber about the ethics of responsiveness and remaining open to other perspectives even as one advocates for change.

Apr 15, 2014

As architects, we can be responsible for imagining counter spatial procedures, political and economic structures that can produce new modes of sociability and encounter.

In the Cloud
Aug 08, 2015

Alanna Rebbeck reflects on the invisibility of "slow violence" and how cultural institutions can visualize a new aesthetic of resistance.

May 01, 2015

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Nov 22, 2014

A conversation with Steve Kurtz and the Critical Art Ensemble exploring the art of resistance and revisiting The Electronic Disturbance on its twentieth anniversary.

May 04, 2011

What might the cultural communities that I am part of aspire to evade, through what practices, and ultimately towards what end?