Art & Celebration

#Radical Joy

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Art & Celebration are key elements of our community engagement strategy. Each year, we host a series of dynamic public events as a way of Activating our community, mobilizing partners and allies, and creating platforms for radical self-expression. This celebratory process cultivates a strong sense of agency and connectivity within our extended community, and builds visibility for local and emerging artists, entrepreneurs, activists, and creators of all kinds.

Since 2014, we have curated 58 public events at Life Do Grow, which have engaged more than 9,000 attendees, and provided dynamic platforms to build visibility for 325 local and emerging artists, as well as 131 local and black & brown businesses.

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Our Annual HOODSTOCK Festival is a celebration of Life, Living, and Innovation in North Philadelphia. Since 2014, HOODSTOCK has been hosted annually at Life Do Grow Farm. The festival is designed to bring together local allies, stakeholders, artists, entrepreneurs, and leaders to celebrate the legacy of our community, amplify youth voice, provide a platform for local innovation, art, and urban creation. In 2016, we hosted over 500 attendees, 30 vendors, 15 local visual artists, and 12 Philly based performers for a 6 hour celebration of art, culture, and social justice.

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On July 22nd, we hosted our 4th Annual HOODSTOCK Festival at Life Do Grow Farm. last years' festival created inclusive spaces for multiple communities to celebrate the legacy of North Philadelphia, amplify youth voice, and elevate dozens of young and local artists, performers, growers, organizers, activists, and creators of all kinds!

The Urban Creators, Rec Philly, Her Philly Moves, and Global Village collaborated to provide acts for the Main Stage. This event was FREE, and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME!

In partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Arts' PHL Assembled and Soil Generation, we have spent the past year exploring the theme of SOVEREIGNTY through art and inter-generational dialogue. Therefore, the theme of this years HOODSTOCK festival is a declaration of Sovereignty over community land, economy, and radical self-expression.

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first fridays

In 2016 we piloted our First Friday Art Gallery series as a way of activating underutilized public spaces, and attracting local artists from across the city to showcase art related to social issues as a way of inspiring critical dialogue. We hosted four art galleries in North Philly which all integrated the visual, performing, and culinary arts as vehicles for social change.

These events took place with a fusion of music from our favorite local DJ’s, tasty food from the farm itself, thought-provoking pieces of art, and an opportunity to purchase our produce from our farmer’s market.

Themes: Black Lives Matter, Restorative Justice, Food for Thought, THE YOUTH!

Participating Partners: Tree House Books, Cooks Who Care, Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project, Power Corp, Philadelphia Mural Arts, Farmer’s Keep, Neuron Nectar Organic Juice