Contemporary Living in a Historic Environment: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Housing in Philadelphia
Join us to participate in thoughtful conversations about compassion-centered and trauma-informed practices in art and healing. The culmination of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s work with artist Swoon (Caledonia Curry) in Kensington, this symposium features renowned speaker and author Dr. Gabor Maté, as well as a wide array of experts in the field of trauma and addiction.
In collaboration with therapist and artist Jessica Radovich and storytellers Heather Box and Julian Mocine-McQueen, Swoon offered near-daily open-door workshops at the Porch Light Kensington Storefront in April and May. Weekly harm-reduction workshops connected participants to further resources at the nearby Prevention Point facility, across the street from a shelter where a new mural and outdoor lighting and seating will renew this public space for all.
Through this conference, we aim to rework traditional power dynamics and systems by encouraging deep engagement from participants. The values of the conference are connection, empowerment, deep understanding, and meaningful change on individual, community, and systemic levels.
After a keynote from globally recognized addiction specialist Dr. Gabor Maté, we will hear from a wide array of experts in the field, including those who have directly experienced addiction and trauma. We believe in compassion-centered healing, and aim to explore the artistic stretches of our humanity to support people in their own creativity and healing. We believe in the power of art and story and connection to transform trauma through truth. If you are are looking for a place to ignite hope, connect fully, and speak honestly around some of the most trying topics of our times—addiction, trauma, pain—you have come to the right place.
8 a.m. Registration and refreshments
9 a.m. Introduction
9:15 a.m. Keynote with Dr. Gabor Maté
10:15 a.m. Q&A with Dr. Gabor Maté
10:30 a.m. Movement break
10:45 a.m. Coffee break
11 a.m. Workshops
12:15 p.m. Closing remarks
Join PACDC for a very special fall installment of our Iron Sharpens Iron series focused on building the power of emerging community leaders between the ages of 16-22. Participants will obtain tools and resources that enhance their capacity to more effectively communicate with and mobilize neighborhood stakeholders for successful social change. Join us for an engaging and intensive workshop training developed and facilitated by experienced Philadelphia community organizers. Workshops and trainers to be announced very soon!
Tickets are $10. All ages welcome with special priority for emerging leaders! If you are an emerging leader and cannot cover the cost to attend, please contact Zakya Hall at email@example.com or 215-732-5829.
Join us on December 13th at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals for Philadelphia’s first Health + Housing Summit. Hear from practitioners from around the country about the work they are doing from hospitals, MCOs, and insurance companies to address a range of housing needs in the communities they serve. Learn about exciting models that can be replicated in our city and region while networking with the health professionals, policy makers, and housing advocates who can make it happen right here.
This full day Summit will feature Dr. Kelly Kelleher of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and Sister Mary Scullion of Project HOME as keynote speakers, lunch, and a full afternoon of workshops and networking opportunities.