This summer marks the fourth year of BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia. From July 30 through Aug. 2, the festival will screen the selected films at various venues throughout Philadelphia. Founder Maori Karmael Holmes created the festival to celebrate independent African-American filmmakers from around the world. Along with over 60 films from four different continents, the festival will also feature the new documentary from filmmaker and organizer dream hampton, "Treasure," which tells the story of Shelley "Treasure" Hilliard, a young transgender woman from Detroit who was brutally murdered, and the handling of her case by investigators.

Dr. James Perterson spoke to Holmes in February to discuss race and the Oscars.

Paul Farber is one of the co-curators behind Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia. Last May the interactive exhibit, which was placed right in the center of City Hall, asked city dwellers: "What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?" Farber discusses some of the ideas that came out of the installation and describes his current work with The Mural Arts Project.

Farber spoke with WHYY's Jennifer Lynn in March ("With city in flux, public art project seeks ideas for new Philly monument") and WHYY's Peter Crimmins in May ("Monument Lab: an ideas festival in Philly City Hall's courtyard") about the project.

On Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, the Mural Arts Program and Moore College of Art & Design will host "In/Out," a symposium exploring local, national, and international public art projects that highlight creative thinking and social engagement.

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