Monday, March 20, 2017

Please help AIR alumni Brujo de la Mancha

Dear Friends,
We are writing to humbly request help for one of our alumni and friends. Brujo de la Mancha, a supremely generous and talented artist, musician, scholar, and community worker who was a 2014-2015 40th Street Artist-in-Residence and our 2015-2016 Artist Liaison, has been working with the U.S. immigration system for 15 years but has hit a wall and, sadly, needs to look for home elsewhere. He is in the process of applying for a visa that will allow him to live in Canada, but he needs at least $10,000 for fees, tests, and savings account requirements. 

Many friends are pitching in to make sure Brujo can get to Canada and start his new life in peace so we ask that you join our efforts however you can. Please read below for info on Brujo, an online fundraising campaign, and two benefit events.

You can read Brujo's entire story and DONATE right now at

Opening April 7 & April 25! Wit's Wonderland & The Cabinet of Curiosities

Join us on Friday, April 7th at 6pm at our gallery, 4007 Chestnut Street First Floor, for the opening reception of resident Whitney P. Lopez's solo exhibition. The exhibition will feature work that Lopez created in the studio during the first 7 months of their residency. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves into Lopez's fiber art by engaging with the directions as listed on each piece. Enjoy the absurdity of the exhibition and become a part of it!

In addition to Whitney's personal work, there will be a smaller show within the show. The "Cabinet of Curiosities" will feature the artwork of 40 QTPOC artists from around the U.S. and across the globe. 

Since the 40th Street AIR Gallery is not wheelchair accessible, there will be a second reception on Tuesday, April 25th at The Rotunda at 4014 Walnut Street that is wheelchair accessible. Both receptions are accessible to individuals with low-vision, and the blind.

Exhibition is free and open to the general public. As always, refreshments will be served.