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Events will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott, unless otherwise noted. Check the grid schedule for exact locations.

Wednesday, January 18

National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals Business Meeting
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Connect with colleagues, hear about the Consortium’s work, and celebrate a great year. We’ll also discuss our Annual Report.

Thursday, January 19

Art Studio Space – CC17
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM 

Creating Change is thrilled to welcome you to Art Studio Space – Creating Change. Our creative expressions foster and reflect individual visions within our communities, through the banners we carry, the logos we brand for our organizations and the art we hang on our walls.  Art Studio Space – CC17 is a collaborative space in which we draw, paint, glue, sew, and weave our own personal experiences within the LGBTQ movement. The possibilities are endless! Bring your artistic LGBTQ awesome selves to the Art Studio Space CC17.  Weave some queer magic, or just relax and have some right brain fun! This year’s ASS will take place in a beautiful make shift loft-type setting with natural lighting and tall ceilings. The amazing ASS staff of Tamara Galinsky, Ilene Goldstein, Rae Fehring and Jessica Vondyke will be on hand to assist you with your whimsical and creative endeavors. Come on by!

David Bohnett CyberCenter Reception
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM * Hard Rock Cafe (across the street from the Marriott)

The reception is for LGBT Community Center leaders who already host a David Bohnett CyberCenter or for LGBT Community Center leaders who want to learn more.  Come share experiences, network and talk to other David BohnettCyberCenter folks.

Welcome to Philadelphia Reception
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM * Exhibit Area

Mix, mingle, and schmooze in the conference Exhibit Area. Meet old friends and make new ones! Complimentary appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. Eat, drink, and be you! Sponsored by TD Bank.

Queerly Love Dance Party!
10:00 PM – Midnight

Philly Dyke March is honored to host the FIRST EVER opening night dance party and to welcome the diverse community of CC17 attendees by showcasing Philly’s hospitality & LGBTQ history! We are excited to premiere this new space in Philly, a city that is committed to being a place where everyone is welcome to be exactly who they are and have a great time doing it. The dance will take place immediately after the Opening Plenary and DJ Niilo will be spinning until midnight! Please join us as we create community and dance to some of Philly’s hottest beats! (There will be a cash bar.)

Friday, January 20

Art Studio Space – CC17
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM 

Art Studio Space – CC17 is a collaborative space in which we draw, paint, glue, sew, and weave our own personal experiences within the LGBTQ movement. The possibilities are endless! Bring your artistic LGBTQ awesome selves to the Art Studio Space CC17. Weave some queer magic, or just relax and have some right brain fun! The amazing ASS staff of Tamara Galinsky, Ilene Goldstein, Rae Fehring and Jessica Vondyke will be on hand to assist you with your whimsical and creative endeavors. Come on by!

Academy for Leadership and Action Reception: LGBTQ Joy as Radical Resistance!
Reception begin at 8:30 PM. Check the grid schedule for exact location.

Meet and mingle as we celebrate the power of LGBTQ joy and artistry as radical resistance. Across the movement, organizers are confronted with enormous challenges — from the unacceptable injustice and violence that people of color continue to face each day to the onslaught of religious exemption and anti-Trans attacks in state legislatures. Join the Academy for Leadership and Action in an evening of Art, Heart, Laughter, Appreciation, and Community over food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). We will hear from folks working on the ground to disrupt the false narrative that faith is against LGBTQ people and that LGBTQ people are not people of faith. We’ll lift up our dreams and work for racial and gender justice as we recommit ourselves to the important work ahead to counter harm done in the name of religion. Come for REUNION+REFLECTION+REDEDICATION+REVELRY!

Agents of Change Love Ball 2017
Doors at 7:00 PM; 8:00 PM – Midnight * Grand Ballroom

Walk your categories and cheer on your friends at this House Mini-Ball. A drug and alcohol free space to raise HIV awareness. HIV testing provided at the Ball by Philadelphia FIGHT. $10 before 8 PM; $20 after 8 PM. No cover for Creating Change attendees, with badges.

Presented by: Penelope Infiniti NYC, Angel Infiniti California, Grandfather Angel Infiniti Miami, Icon Alvernian Prestige Philadelphia. Featuring Icon MC Jay Blahnik and MC Athena Kahn.

The Friday Night Cruise
9:00 PM

The Friday Night Cruise is for Creating Change attendees who are interested in meeting and/or hooking up with others at the conference.  We are excited to again have a cash bar at the entrance this year! For folks who say: “I wish I had met you earlier in the conference!” You now have no excuse; this is your opportunity. We invite those who are “available” to attend and encourage the strong Creating Change Poly/NM contingent to come out in force! This Friday Night Cruise is an extravagant welcome to come and enjoy the great diversity of available, brilliant, adventurous Creating Change-goers.

Using a modified speed-greeting format, the Friday Night Cruise will offer a chance to meet the multitudes of people in the room through quick introductions and fun questions. Then small group conversations based on identity, age, and interest will be developed, providing an opportunity to talk more with individual(s) that caught your attention, ask questions, share interests, swap contact info, hook up, network and/or organize across the room and across the country. Participation is flexible and everyone is welcome to attend inclusive of all identities and life experience. Program hosts will be on hand to facilitate the event, answer questions, and help with resources.

Saturday, January 21

Art Studio Space – CC17
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM * Gallery Exhibit 6:30 PM 

Art Studio Space – CC17 is a collaborative space in which we draw, paint, glue, sew, and weave our own personal experiences within the LGBTQ movement. The possibilities are endless! Bring your artistic LGBTQ awesome selves to the Art Studio Space CC17.  Weave some queer magic, or just relax and have some right brain fun! The amazing ASS staff of Tamara Galinsky, Ilene Goldstein, Rae Fehring and Jessica Vondyke will be on hand to assist you with your whimsical and creative endeavors. The Art Studio Space closes at 1:00 PM for its transformation into a Gallery showing works created by CC17 artists. Visit the Gallery at 6:30 PM.

MasQUEERAde Ball for Youth
8:00 PM – Midnight * Grand Ballroom

A special YOUTH PARTY for those 24 and under. It might be cold outside, but it’s hot in here! Come on in for fun and dancing. Free and open to all who are 24 and under. Need something a mask? Stop by the Youth Hospitality Suite to make a mask for Ball! No alcohol or drugs permitted. Hosted by The Attic Youth Center.

Boomers Dance! Made for Baby Boomers, Fun Enough for X’ers and Millennials
9 PM – 12:00 Midnight

be you, create change, dance.

Come on in and shake a tail feather to get your Saturday night on! This annual event is free and open to people of all ages, races, faith traditions, sexual orientations and gender identities. All Welcome! Sponsored by AARP.

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