African American Museum Exhibits Unsung Cuban Arts Movement


"El mar De las Antillas," 2012, Leonel Morales Perez | Photo: Kimberly Paynter, for NewsWorks

“El mar De las Antillas,” 2012, Leonel Morales Perez | Photo: Kimberly Paynter, for NewsWorks

  • “Drapetomania,” a exhibition now on display at the African American Museum, showcases the little-known Cuban arts movementGrupo Antillano (c. 1978-1983), says NewsWorks’ Peter Crimmins. Spurning Havana’s calls for cultural rebranding along international socialist lines, its artists loudly proclaimed their Afro-Caribbean identity, often invoking the religious imagery of the transplanted Yoruba faith.
  • In conjunction with July’s Democratic National Convention, CHOP is set to unveil a $300,000 health and wellness garden at its three-year-old Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center at 48th & Market Streets, says Philly Voice. Its yield of fruits, vegetables, and herbs will be donated to neighborhood families in need, says a CHOP spokesperson.
  • Presenting the key findings from the Center City District’s annual housing report, released yesterday, CEO Paul Levy stressed how the City’s tax policies have contributed to the fact that Greater Philadelphia lags far behind its peer cities in private sector job growth. That, more so than our woefully inadequate school system, poses the greatest threat to the real estate market’s longterm equilibrium, as half of regional millennials do not see themselves sticking around for another decades.
  • The Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation will have an additional 45 days to consider its support for City Council President Darrell Clarke’s proposed rezoning of a four-block area (bounded by Ridge Avenue and 16th, Brown, Carlisle, and Poplar Streets) that would allow the construction of affordable workforce housing. PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey takes note of this “interesting first test for the [Planning] Commission” under its new chairwoman Anne Fadullon, “a former developer and president of the Building Industry Association who has worked closely with Council President Clarke in the past.”
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