Celebrate the closing of “Sanctuary”, an exhibition exploring the dynamics of power between the state, community, and the individual that challenge misconceptions of the global resettlement process.

The closing celebration will activate the Sanctuary exhibition and City Hall with guided tours, conversation, dinner, art-making and a projection show on the northside of City Hall facing Broad Street.

Guided tours will be led by Artistic Director Suzanne Seesman and Community Liaison Yaroub Al-Obaidi. A dinner will take place in the Caucus Room of City Hall on the 4th floor to meet project artists and collaborators. Limited public tickets available soon.

The evening will culminate with art-making and a projected movie of images, words, phrases that have come up throughout the project around the resettlement process - safety, sanctuary, place, and home - created by The Illuminator, an art-activist collective.

“The collective has staged hundreds of projection-interventions in public spaces, transforming the street from a space of passive consumption and transit into a site of engagement, conflict, and dialogue. Our work calls attention to the many urgent crises that confront us, in support of the ongoing struggle for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.”

Learn more about the exhibition on our website at:


Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary is a deep collaboration between Swarthmore College Libraries and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. Major support for Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from Swarthmore’s Cooper Series, Swarthmore College Libraries, the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Learn more about the project at fps.swarthmore.edu.

About Art in City Hall:

The Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy presents Art in City Hall, which features exhibitions in the Art Gallery in City Hall (City Hall Room 116), public corridors, and in display cases throughout the building. The year-round schedule of exhibitions highlights the diverse cultural vibrancy of Philadelphia and showcases artwork by professional, emerging, and aspiring artists.

The Office of Arts, Culture and The Creative Economy (OACCE) supports Philadelphia’s arts, culture and the creative industries through partnership, promotion, and education. OACCE partners with for-profit and nonprofit organizations and City offices and agencies to ensure that culture and creativity are essential to the City’s strategies for revitalizing communities, improving educational outcomes, and spurring economic development. OACCE also promotes quality resources and programming in the city’s neighborhoods and closes the gap to quality arts experiences. For more information, visit: www.creativephl.org


  • Occurs Friday, July 26th, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Philadelphia City Hall (4th & 5th Floors)

1400 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Alexandria Freeman

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