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 […]

 

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 […]

 

Port Richmond: Portside Arts Center Immerses Children In The Fundamentals Of Arts Education

Port Richmond: Portside Arts Center Immerses Children In The Fundamentals Of Arts Education

Kim Creighton has been a member of the community since 1989. Over the years, she’s realized the area lacked extracurricular activities and creative outlets for the youth. “There’s no movie theaters, no arcades, no bowling alleys, no skating rinks,” Creighton said. “Nothing to do.” Creighton had a solution to the problem. She was going to […]

 

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. […]

 

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 […]

 

Port Richmond: This Week In The News – The Story Of A Mural, Looking Back At The Time A Tornado Hit The Neighborhood And New Rental Development

Port Richmond: This Week In The News – The Story Of A Mural, Looking Back At The Time A Tornado Hit The Neighborhood And New Rental Development

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people are talking about things happening in Port Richmond: The POWer of a Mural – Port Richmond native David Seale has an interesting story behind the war memorial mural painted on the side of his house. (via Star News) 200 MPH Winds, Seven Deaths; […]

 

Olney: This Week In The News — Neighborhood History, Grant To Fund African American Art And More

Olney: This Week In The News — Neighborhood History, Grant To Fund African American Art And More

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people were talking about things happening in Olney: A History Minute: Neighborhood Beginnings – Olney: The Free Library published a post with an overview of the diversity and history of the Olney neighborhood. (via Free Library of Philadelphia blog) This Pew-funded residency will give […]

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Kensington: Getting Under The Skin Of Jake DelBene

Kensington: Getting Under The Skin Of Jake DelBene

Myke Chambers carefully selects the tattooers he wants working for him at his shop, Seven Swords Tattoo Company in Kensington. “Getting a tattoo is an experience people will remember for the rest of their lives,” Chambers said. “I feel it’s our job to not only give them a great tattoo, but also a professional and pleasant experience.”  […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: Project H.O.M.E.’s Art Program Aims To Inspire And Uplift

Arts & Entertainment: Project H.O.M.E.’s Art Program Aims To Inspire And Uplift

Since its inception in 1989, Project H.O.M.E. has served the Philadelphia community. The organization, which focuses on ending the cycle of homelessness and creating a support system for those in need, offers a variety of resources for community members to take advantage of. Project H.O.M.E.’s Art Program offers individuals the opportunity to express themselves and […]

 

University City: Medical Students Preserve Cuban Dance and Culture

University City: Medical Students Preserve Cuban Dance and Culture

Two University of Pennsylvania medical students are committed to promoting the traditional Cuban dance scene, which is hard to find compared to the salsa dancing and twerking usually seen on the dance floors of Philadelphia.  Michael Huang and Leilani Chirino teach Cuban dance at World Cafe Live as well as at Penn for anyone who wants to […]

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