Social Justice & Arts Integration Initiative

An initiative elevating stories and histories of the struggle for justice in Philadelphia and beyond


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Slought, Penn Social Policy & Practice


Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

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4017 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Slought and Penn Social Policy & Practice are pleased to announce the Social Justice & Arts Integration Initiative, which makes the bold claim that the arts are an indispensable means and method of imagining justice and making democracy. Through public programming and educational opportunities, we aim to harness the power of university and community collaboration and elevate stories and histories of the struggle for justice in Philadelphia and beyond.

We take our departure from W. E. B. Du Bois, the world historical figure, who began his groundbreaking work in Philadelphia with The Philadelphia Negro, and went on to nearly a century of extraordinary reimaginings of the conditions for the possibility of freedom and justice globally for people of African descent. In his seminal The Souls of Black Folks, Du Bois posed two questions that ground the work of the Initiative—especially in our appreciation for real world suffering that demands justice—"How does it feel to be a problem?" and "What must be done?" At once analytic, deeply empathetic, and visionary, Du Bois' questions serve as a call to let suffering speak and to realize justice for all.

We imagine the work of social justice and the arts as a bridge across ideological and other divides. The Initiative seek to expand access in our work by advancing a spirit of collaborative experimentation and inclusive, democratic values. We invite you to join in our work.

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Social Justice Hub

We are also pleased to offer a flexible work space to the Greater Philadelphia community to support collaboration around social justice and the arts.

Located within a historic bank vault at Slought, the newly-designed Social Justice Hub offers amenities including computer workstations, a conference table, multimedia capabilities, and a place to relax. It also features a permanent exhibition of work by Maurice Sorrell and Devin Allen about the civil rights movement and histories of the struggle for justice.

The Hub is open to all Tuesday through Friday from 12-5pm. Feel free to drop in and visit, reserve the space for a meeting, or share your work and ideas with us!

Amenities include:

Conference and co-working space
Computer workstations
Wifi and power
Multimedia and film screenings
Penn Libraries online access

"Now is the accepted time—not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best studying can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow."

—W. E. B. Du Bois, Prayers for Dark People

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