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Chew and Chelten CDC Concert + Community Conversation

Thu, Mar 02



Chew and Chelten CDC Concert + Community Conversation

Join Chew & Chelten CDC for a fundraising concert + community conversation to bring awareness to the issue of gun violence in Philadelphia.

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Time & Location

Mar 02, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Philadelphia, 5698 Wister St, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA

About the event

The Chew and Chelten Community Development Corporation invites you to our first annual fundriaisng concert and community conversation in our efforts to bring awareness to the issue of gun violence amongst our vulnerable youth in the Black and Brown community. There will be a VIP Reception (5pm - 6pm) including light refreshements, live music, and a free t-shirt with local leaders, community activists, and others (for ticket donations of $100+). Following the VIP reception (6pm - 8pm), there will be a concert performance of Yo, Put the Gun Down (A Hip Hop Symphony Ensemble)and a facilitated community conversation to discuss gun violence solutions (for ticket donations of $10 - $99). All proceeds support Chew and Chelten CDC and our special anti-gun violence musical theater performance and program Yo, Put the Gun Down (A Hip Hop Symphony).

Directions & Parking

Founderʼs Hall is the 6-story glass and brick building located at the intersection of Chew Avenue and Wister Street on La Salle Universityʼs West Campus (738 Penn Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19144). We are accessible via public transit, and street parking is available nearby. To park on campus, please use visitor parking Lot J, which is entered from Chew Street, heading northwest toward Penn Blvd. See campus map: Please note: there is now a $5 parking fee upon entry, payable only with a credit card.

About The Chew and Chelten Community Development Corporation

Our mission is to improve and sustain the well-being of the East Germantown community by cultivating a safe environment, building community power through collective action, enhancing the visual appeal and productive use of land and property, promoting homeownership and local business development, and putting culture, creativity, and healing at the center of everything we do.

About Yo! Put the Gun Down: Performance & Outreach Program

Yo! Put the Gun Down is an anti-gun violence musical theatre and outreach program that uses performance art and art therapy to create a safe and inclusive space for our community's vulnerable youth to heal from the trauma of gun violence. This creative and social change platform is a culturally relevant tool that promotes socially conscious theatre and lifestyle as a means for healing for our community. The program offers mentorship, personal and professional development, mental health resources, and career opportunities that evoke a necessary change in the East Germantown community and beyond.

About Yo! Put the Gun Down (A Hip Hop Symphony)

The emotional and inspiring Hip Hop Musical takes you into the prison cell of inmate Thelonious Sr., as he tells us his ongoing story about gun violence, while serving a life term for a murder he committed when he was just 19. Through spoken word, hip-hop dance, music and string quartet we share in his own son's struggle, choosing between his obligation to be a young father at 17, and the urgent plea from the street life to murder another youth over an escalating Instagram dispute that will play itself out on an unknown street in Philadelphia.

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Your ticket purchase is tax-deductible donation to the extent provided by law.

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