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Reflections from Art Factory… on the success of their Youth & Rebellion art show

image-48Hey it’s Art Factory letting everyone know that our closing event for Youth & Rebellion was completely amazing and a total success! Sorry if you missed it but, hey, that’s your problem! We had two of our special guest artists, Manny Gonzalez & Diana Gonzalez in mist. Other artists like GRIMGRIMGRIM, Swoon, NoseGo, Keith Garcia, Pear, and the artist formerly known as Borf couldn’t attend but their work was displayed. We also screened our music video, a Project of Youth B.O.M.B. (Building Our Movement Beyond) TV, for its final debut, which showed many perspectives on Youth & Rebellion. We also debuted our new manual: How To Be a Boss at Setting Up a Gallery, written and produced by the Art Factory Crew!

The audience for our the event was an inspiring crowd of over 75 people, mostly other visionary young artists who were there repp’ing groups like Lil Filmakers, Philly Student Union, WHYY, and the Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative. In the Q&A session, audience members asked our crew questions like, “What inspires you to make art?” And we responded with answers like, “from cityscapes, to fantasy, to transgender and LGBTQ identities, to being seen as a number in the system and the drive to prove society wrong.” The Open Mic and Karaoke session featured the amazing Koby Murphy, as well as members of Art Factory and

PYMC, singing and performing poetry. We also held a successful raffle, which auctioned off some of the art by our very own young artists and GRIMGRIMGRIM.


In conclusion, we would like to thank Philly Youth Media Collaborative for making it

all possible, Norris Square Neighborhood Project (especially Megan and Berto) for all the hard work and support, and last but not least all the people who showed up, ESPECIALLY the other young artists who inspire us constantly to keep working!

Please email if you want copies of our new How-To Manual and don’t forget to ??? Check out our BLOG and our FACEBOOK ??? to keep up with our every day grind AND our next project, blasting off on JUNE 14th! (artfactory@myneighborhoodproject.org)

“Art Factory is an interdisciplinary arts and media program for visionary artists age’s 14 – 21. It’s a place to build leadership, learn creative skills, and make youth voices heard.”

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