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Amani's Visit to 'Ruffneck Constructivists' at ICA

Image: Szymon Tomsia, “Peregrination” (series), 2012, digital c-print, 39 x 27.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist via ICA.

This month, I decided to cover another museum’s exhibit. My fellow Teen Council member, Jordan recommended I visit the Ruffneck Constructivists exhibit, so I moseyed  on down to ICA (the Institute of Contemporary Art).

Ruffneck Constructivists is…rough. About every piece is made with mixed media, with things that could easily be found in any neighborhood. In a way, these are iconic items of an urban neighborhood. Contemporary art housed in PAFA is completely different than what I saw at ICA. I think one of the  joys of contemporary art—or art as a whole—is that even in a particular genre, the possibilities are endless. Within this exhibit, each artist’s voice and vision is clearly displayed in their work.

The variety of the works is another plus. There are photographic series, sculptures, as well as video and film. My favorite section in the exhibit is a little corner featuring two short films. They do not have much dialogue, but the cinematography and editing led to two very powerful pieces with clear messages.

A couple of months ago I happened across a quote: “Modern art = I could do that,  Yeah, but you didn’t.” As artists, whether we use brushstrokes or words, we make every unit of expression deliberate. When you approach the Ruffneck Constructivistsexhibit with an open mind, you can see the undertones of struggle, violence, and poverty in the exhibit. There is almost a post-apocalyptic feel to certain areas of display. It raises questions about  artistic intent as well as environmental influences.

So hop on the trolley to 36th street and visit ICA soon!

READY TO VISIT the Institute of Contemporary Art? Check out the ICA profile pagefor the hours you can use your STAMP pass!

This post was written by Amani Bey, a STAMP Teen Council member. Amani attends Science Leadership Academy.



'Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello' at the National Constitution Center

Hey, How’s it going everybody?  This is your girl Ophelia on location at the National Constitution Center.  I’m doing a spring edition walk-through of its latest exhibition called Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello.  This new exhibit looks at the lives of enslaved families who lived and worked at Jefferson’s home.. As many of us already know, Thomas Jefferson was instrumental in shaping colonial America’s mission and vision to have individual freedom and equality. However, Jefferson personally owned slaves at his Monticello plantation in Virginia. Hmmmmm.

The centerpiece of this fresh new exhibition is the six enslaved families who worked at Thomas Jefferson’s plantation:  the Fosset, Granger, Gillette, Hemings, Hern and Hubbard families.  The National Constitution Center tells their side of the story through 280 historical artifacts that belonged to the families and to Thomas Jefferson. There is also a large amount of secondary and primary source material about slavery and everyday life at his plantation called Monticello.

The exhibition also not only displays historical narratives about members of those six families, but also on provides information on their modern day living descendants who want to achieve recognition for their enslaved ancestors.

Remember! Mark your calendars and reminder apps, and check out this powerful and impressive exhibition from April 9 to October 19, 2014.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello at the National Constitution Center
When: April 9-October 19
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street.
Cost: Included in general admission or free if you have a STAMP pass.
More info:

Thanks a Million (1,000,000)


READY TO VISIT the National Constitution Center? Check out the Constitution Center profile page for the hours you can use your STAMP pass!

This post was written by Ophelia Murray, a STAMP Teen Council member. Ophelia attends Imhotep Charter High School.

April the Lamb - Events this month at the Zoo

Have anything to do this April? Well if not, come check out the Zoo!

We’ve already had two great events this month back to back. They were the Walk to Cure Psoriasis and Autism Awareness Day. The next two events shall be just as exciting! On April 19th, we’ll be having the Philly Rabbit Run 5K organized by Shake It Off for Parkinson’s, and I have 3 reasons why everyone should go to the Zoo. One, you should know that the fee you pay to run goes towards fighting Parkinson’s disease! Two, the fee you pay to run also lets you explore the Zoo afterwards as well! And the third reason is  that you might meet fellow runners there as well just like yourself! On April 27th, we’ll be having the Save the Orangutans 5K Run/Walk as well! For both events, this is a good chance to get out and be active! You can find more info at

Also, if you haven’t noticed yet, the Zoo has gotten a new hot air balloon for one year to replace the one that was damaged by the snow! This one has the words “soar once more” on the side. If you’re interested in coming to see the new balloon, just come out to the Philadelphia Zoo! Of course, to celebrate the beginning of spring, why not come to visit the outdoor animals too? They’re very lonely and are eager to meet you guys, so come out and greet them!

Wanna run? Wanna visit the zoo? Then come on, what are you waiting for? Explore!

READY TO VISIT the Philadelphia Zoo? Check out the Zoo profile page for the hours you can use your STAMP pass!

This post was written by DuBois Stewart, a STAMP Teen Council member. DuBois attends Chestnut Hill Academy.


Calling all Philly teens! On Saturday, March 15th from 1-4pm, join the University of the Arts and STAMP for Discover A.C.T. (Arts and Culture for Teens) Day!

RSVP at, or just show up. Teens who RSVP online by March 13 will be entered to win a bonus prize!

What’s Discover A.C.T. Day? It’s a resource fair of arts & culture opportunities just for teens. Come learn about after-school programs, classes, summer camps and more that can help you discover your passion and make your creative mark!

Each organization will have information about their teen programming, plus fun projects you can work on right then and there.  Some organizations will even offer exclusive discounts for teens who visit their table on Discover A.C.T. Day! Be sure to follow STAMP on Facebook and Twitter—they’ll tease info about all the activities and discounts in the weeks leading up to the event.

But wait—there’s more! Discover A.C.T. Day is also an opportunity for Philly teens to sign up for a STAMP Pass (if they don’t have one already!) and enter to win FREE tuition for a class during the next semester of UArts Pre-College Saturday School!

Any questions? Email