Art

 

Immigration: Artist Mobilizes Immigrant Communities For Social Justice

Immigration: Artist Mobilizes Immigrant Communities For Social Justice

Ten years ago, Michelle Angela Ortiz hoped to be where she is today – a successful visual artist, skilled muralist and community arts educator. For more than 18 years, Ortiz has been using art as a tool for communication between communities. Through painting, printmaking and community arts practices, Ortiz is able to share the narratives […]

 

Fishtown: Joe Primavera Building Community One Music Lesson At A Time

Fishtown: Joe Primavera Building Community One Music Lesson At A Time

After graduating from Temple University in 2008 with a degree in music, Joe Primavera taught private guitar and piano lessons throughout Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey. Shortly thereafter, he founded Philly Music Lessons, working out of a small recording studio in the basement of his Fishtown home. Soon after hiring a few close friends to teach […]

 

Art: Three Female Muslim Artists Using Work to Express Identity

Art: Three Female Muslim Artists Using Work to Express Identity

These three Muslim women are using art in order to express personal and collective identity, and explore issues of location, displacement and personal connection to social contexts in the city. You can find their art featured in galleries, on buildings and throughout the city. Yasmin Nezhad Born and raised in Iran, Yasmin Nezhad has lived […]

 

Immigration: Using Art to Share the Asian American Migration Experience

Immigration: Using Art to Share the Asian American Migration Experience

Through the power of art, even the most complex stories of immigration and assimilation can be expressed. Located on the 1200 block of Vine Street, the Asian Arts Initiative has linked art and communities since 1993. AAI is a multidisciplinary arts center dedicated to exploring experiences of Asian Americans and bridging dialogue with diverse communities. […]

 

Spruce Hill: Uhuru’s Flea Market Coordinator Inspires Young Africans To Make Change

Spruce Hill: Uhuru’s Flea Market Coordinator Inspires Young Africans To Make Change

Tiffany Murphy, a native of West Philadelphia, fell in love with community organization and civic engagement during her childhood. Years later, she is now the coordinator for the Uhuru Flea Market and the upcoming One Africa, One Nation Uhuru Book Fair Market that institutionalizes and develops programs to defend the human and civil rights of people […]

 

Immigration: Planting Seeds of Culture to Build Connections Amongst People

Immigration: Planting Seeds of Culture to Build Connections Amongst People

Elizabeth Taylor-Mead is a development consultant at Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth and adults on Arab culture. Through the arts, music and language, the organization hopes to raise cross-cultural awareness and debunk discrimination against Arabs as well as all immigrants living in the U.S. Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture has partnered […]

 

Point Breeze: The Pharmacy Serves Up Fresh Coffee And Indie Music

Point Breeze: The Pharmacy Serves Up Fresh Coffee And Indie Music

While walking through Point Breeze, it isn’t difficult to spot The Pharmacy, a coffeehouse on the corner of 18th and Wharton streets. On its outside wall, a large orange head spouting the number “1300” can be seen, signifying the shop’s 1300 S. 18th St. address. A closer inspection reveals a sign that reads “Black and […]

 

How To: Get A Mural On Your Wall

How To: Get A Mural On Your Wall

Known as the “City of Murals,” Philadelphia is home to almost 4,000 murals that reach into neighborhoods and aim to connect communities. No permit or license is required to paint a mural, so long as the work does not serve as an advertisement. Most of these artworks are the signature of the Mural Arts Program, […]

 

Point Breeze: Back To School BBQ, Screen Printing Workshop And More This Week

Point Breeze: Back To School BBQ, Screen Printing Workshop And More This Week

Looking to find out what’s going on in Point Breeze this week? Our calendar round-up lets you know what’s happening in your neighborhood.  DIY Screen Printing Workshop– Monday, Aug. 21, 7-9 p.m., DiSilvestro Playground (1701 S. 15th St.) Free Zumbini Demo Class– Wednesday, Aug. 23, 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Equilibrium Dance Academy (1802 S. Broad St.) […]

 

Mayfair: Eclipse Viewing, Comedy, Concerts And Christmas In August Happening This Week

Mayfair: Eclipse Viewing, Comedy, Concerts And Christmas In August Happening This Week

The 2017 Eclipse Watch and Pinhole Viewer Craft– Monday, Aug. 21, noon. The Mayfair Arts Initiative and Mayfair CDC will co-host a crafting event for folks to construct their own “viewer” for the eclipse. Especially helpful for those people who didn’t get special “eclipse” glasses. Lincoln High School near Vista Street and Rowland Avenue.  Christmas in August– Tuesday, […]

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