The Transformative Power of Solidarity

A panel discussion with Umbral artist José Ortiz-Pagán and activists David Acosta and Blanca Pacheco.


Join us for an exploration of the role solidarity plays in society, the process of building trust, and how connections can inspire the mutual well-being of all. Panelists will share their personal experiences with solidarity and its impact on their work in social justice advocacy.

Wine reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the panel discussion at 6 p.m.

David Acosta headshot David Acosta is a multi-talented artist, poet, director, and curator. He is also the founder of Galaei, a Queer and Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (QTBIPOC) radical social justice organization.


Jose Ortiz-Pagan headshot José Ortiz-Pagán is the creative force behind Umbral on view at the Berman Museum. Originally from Puerto Rico, Ortiz-Pagán has a deep passion for community-based art projects and public art. Much of his practice focuses on the power of ritual and community.

Blanca Pacheco Headshot

Blanca Pacheco is a community organizer with over 15 years of experience organizing with immigrant communities in Philadelphia. She is currently the co-director of New Sanctuary Movement, an interfaith immigrant justice organization that she helped found. 



Berman Museum, Pfeiffer Wing