The Future Is Us Collective

Futurist Youth-centered visual arts collective based in Philadelphia! 🪐

Today's Balance
$7,812.54
The Future Is Us Group Reside...
$8,850
Estimated Annual Budget
$9,019

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An arts and music festival centering creatives under 25 years old
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Residency where participants and facilitators engage in healing creative practices
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Digital arts festival presenting young Philadelphian creatives and their most recent productions

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Mill Creek Community Partnership

$9,000 USD since Mar 2022

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Allegra Pronesti

$20 USD since May 2022

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+$20.00USD
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-$623.70 USD
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by Laila Islam

-$485.00 USD
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Today’s balance

$7,812.54 USD

Total raised

$8,298.05 USD

Total disbursed

$485.51 USD

Estimated annual budget

$9,019.05 USD

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The Future is Us Group Residency concludes with Somatic Utopic Imagining Virtual Exhibition

The Future is Us Group Residency pilot project concludes with a virtual exhibition curated by Laila Islam: Somatic Utopic Imagining. Check...
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Published on May 5, 2022 by Laila Islam

"Black Imagination as a Tool for Survival" Workshop Series

HAPPY BLACK HISTORY / BLACK FUTURES MONTH. We're celebrating this month with more at-home programming centered in Afro-futur...
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Published on February 6, 2022 by Laila Islam

About


Founded as a youth coalition of 8 artists in 2017, The Future is Us Collective exists as an all-inclusive visual arts collective based in Philadelphia. We provide free platforms for emerging artists to showcase their artworks while giving young Philadelphians a safe space to enjoy the arts. In addition to exhibitions, we facilitate public programming for young creatives with a primary goal of Radical Healing*, cultivating spaces where participants can collectively process trauma, share knowledge, and create art. As a collective we are organized and facilitated by young adults, serving with a "For Us By Us" model.


Our Collective Goals:

Our goal is to creative spaces where artists of any age or economic background can share their craft with a public audience and build inspiration and generate ideas from the works of others.

In addition to hosting events, we value organizing programming with the primary goal of *Radical Healing. Our founder, Laila Islam, defines Radical Healing as a practice that provides communities who experience systemic harm safe spaces to exist and think outside of their oppressive environments, allowing them to combat said circumstances through communal care. This goal is realized through The Future Is Us Group Residency, a project where participants engage in healing pedagogies and art practices to explore how artists can creatively design alternative realities and environments that are inclusive and affirming.

Our Projects

The Future Is Us Group Residency
(2021-current)

The Future Is Us (TFIU) Group Residency is a pilot project where participants and facilitators engaged in somatic pedagogy and Utopic Imagining pedagogy as creative healing practices. A pedagogy developed by Laila Islam and Reva Rutherford, Utopic Imagining is a practice where one imagines, designs, and creates alter-realities that better serve Black and Brown communities. Utopic Imagining is an Afrofuturist method of speculating the past, present, and future, imagining a utopia, and designing technologies that support one’s envisioned utopia. Somatic (soma) pedagogy offers resistance to our violent capitalist environment by encouraging people to assess their bodily relationship with capitalism and how it manifests socially in our interpersonal relationships. Through therapeutic group practices, soma encourages deeper relationships with one's individual body as well as the collective body, ultimately embodying a healing state. Throughout this project, participants were encouraged to create a conscious relationship with their bodies, their communities, and their environment through speculative and imaginative practices. Exercises include group breathwork and writing, open discussions and presentations, collaging, and group art-making that is body-focused and play-centered. The findings generated by–and the works created from– TFIU Group Residency participants and facilitators resulted in a curated zine. This zine, Somatic Utoptic Imagining Vol. 1, is intended for use as a pedagogical tool, enabling readers to use our works as a reference for how communities can collectively process trauma, share knowledge, and create together through somatic pedagogy and Utopic Imagining. A virtual exhibition of the zine can be found on somaticutopicimagining.com.


Camp Future (2021)

Camp Future was a digital arts festival presenting young Philadelphian creatives and their most recent productions. This series of artist talks and virtual performances highlighted different forms of collaboration, processes, and conceptual focuses, all while connecting artists to audiences digitally.

The Digital Archive (2020)

The Digital Archive was an one-month online exhibition highlighting artists’ works from the enforced quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this exhibition we also interviewed artists on their relationships with the pandemic and their artistic practice.

The Film and Photo Show (1 & 2) (2018-2019)

We’ve hosted two pop up exhibitions catered to young photographers and videographers in our Film and Photo Show events. These events concluded with a screening of works by young Philadelphian filmmakers. 

The Install Pop-Up Exhibition Series (2017-2019)

Prior to the pandemic, The Future Is Us originally functioned as a series of pop up exhibitions that we documented as “Installations.”  We have hosted several Installations that invited young artists as young as 15 to showcase and sell their work for the evening. 

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