Moonstone Arts Center

The Underground Railroad in Philadelphia is one of the high points in Philadelphia’s rich history as a center in the struggle for freedom and equality. From the formation of the Female Anti-Slavery Society in the 1830’s through the adoption of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870 Philadelphians played a major role in the struggle against slavery. Here are some of the stories, as a reminder of our history, that “We the People” can change the world and as an inspiration that we can still fix what is broken.

Among the programs we will present are:

• Introduction to the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia

• Robert Purvis and the Philadelphia Vigilant Committee

• William Still and the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee

• Women and the Underground Railroad

• Stories from the Underground Railroad

• Philadelphia, Abolition and the Underground Railroad

• The Underground Railroad in Poetry and Song

• Mother Bethel, The African American Churche and the Underground Railroad

• The Unitarian Universalists and Abolition

• Quakers and Abolition

• The Underground Railroad, The Civil Rights Movement and Today

• A tour of sites in Germantown and Center City Philadelphia

100,000 Poets For Change

Moonstone Arts Center in Association with
Brandywine Workshop, the Clef Club and Work for Progress for America present

Saturday September 27, 2014 - 4pm
At Brandywine Workshop – 728 S. Broad Street
Join us as we join other poets, musicians, and artists around the world in a demonstration/celebration to promote peace and sustainability and to call for serious social, environmental and political change

• Music
Complementing the poetry and visual art presentations will be performances by the Clef Club of Jazz's Youth Ensemble directed by Lovett Hines

• Poetry
100 Thousand Poets for Change is an international grassroots educational organization focusing on the arts, especially poetry, music, and the literary arts. Founded in 2011 by Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion it focuses on a world-wide event each September. 700 events in 550 cities in 95 countries took place on September 24, 2011 and the event was described as the largest poetry event in history.

• Art & Artists Advocating for Change, September 8th – October 3rd
From their earliest presence, artists have worked with movements for progress. Artists have been censored, imprisoned, exiled, blacklisted and disappeared for wanting a better world and putting their hands to work to show their beliefs. Robert Brand and Elizabeth Werthan have spent decades collecting the work of politically engaged artists. A selection of political fine art prints and posters will be on view in the Glass Lobby Gallery of the Brandywine Workshop during the month of September. This exhibition features artists who have advocated for peace, the end of apartheid, civil rights in the United States, the end of nuclear weapons, popular uprisings, civil disobedience, socialism, the end of war in Vietnam, and an end to the continued inequalities in today's society.

• Open House at Brandywine Workshop
The event is being hosted on the campus of Brandywine Workshop on the Avenue of the Arts. This world class arts organization will also be celebrating its 42nd anniversary by opening its printmaking studios to guests. Guests will be able learn about printmaking processes and browse great bargains in the collection of prints for sale. Sale proceeds benefit young Local Artist Residencies.

Upcoming Events

Moonstone Poetry Series @ Fergie’s Pub, 1215 Sansom Street
– Every Wednesday at 7pm

First Wednesday of the month hosted by Elijah B. Pringle III

Poetic Quid Pro Quo?
Another poet reads your poem, then you read it. How does it sound, does it say what you wanted it to say? Then you read someone else’s poem
  • August 6
  • September 3
  • October 1
  • November 5
  • December 3
Second Wednesday of the month hosted by Charles S. Carr
  • August 13 – Sean Webb, Grant Clauser
  • September 10 – Kevin Varrone, Bill Van Buskirk
  • October 8 – Helen Mirkil, Rachel Bunting
  • November 12 – TBA
  • December 10 – TBA
Third Wednesday of the month hosted by Dave Worrell
  • August 20 – Lester Mobley & Sekai Zankel
  • September 17 – Sandy Becker & band tba
  • October 15 – Cassie McDonald & band tbd
  • November 19 – Kim Bridgford & Bill Wunder
  • December 17 – Elinor Mattern, Barbara Daniels, Pauu-Victor Winters
Fourth Wednesday of the month hosted by Suzan Jivan
  • August 27- Mel Brake, Diane Sahm-Guarnieri & g emil reutter
  • September 24- Ernest Hilbert Equinox program
  • October 22- Victoria Peurifoy, Runett Ebo Gray
  • No program November or December
Fifth Wednesday of the month hosted by Larry RobinM
  • October 29, 2013 – The Hosts Read: Elijah Pringle,Charles Carr, Dave Worrell, Suzan Jivan
  • December 31 – no program