Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Poems about New York and chapters from a romance novel echoed through the Kingsessing Library’s sunlit basement. On Sept. 28, the library hosted an open mic poetry night for older adults— the first of many, Rachel Hayes hopes. “I think it’s important for the community,” Kingsessing Library Supervisor Hayes said. “Anything positive, anything that builds […]

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Germantown: From Liberia To Philadelphia, Strengthening Community With History And Art

Germantown: From Liberia To Philadelphia, Strengthening Community With History And Art

Trapeta Mayson has lived in the Germantown community for 20 years. She has served as the executive director at Historic Germantown since August 2014 and feels like it is a perfect fit for her interests. Mayson was born in Liberia before immigrating to the United States in May 1975 with her parents, Rebecca and Lysander, […]

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Spruce Hill: The Fuze Connects Community Members Through the Power of Words

Spruce Hill: The Fuze Connects Community Members Through the Power of Words

On a recent Friday night, big, lantern-shaped yellow lights hung from the ceiling of Studio 34 and cast a warm shadow on intricate paper birds that dangled a few inches below. A variety of comfy couches, love seats and homey wooden chairs were scattered throughout the space, all facing a small stage area where a single mic stood. […]

 

West Poplar: Ridge Avenue Galleries Leave Imprint On Local Art Scene

West Poplar: Ridge Avenue Galleries Leave Imprint On Local Art Scene

Tina Rocha, co-founder of the Cerulean Arts gallery, recently left her job as an architect to focus on the gallery full time, which has been open for 15 years. Located on Ridge Avenue, a corridor that when passing through West Poplar does not appear to be commercially hospitable, the gallery was forward thinking, said Rocha. […]

 

Point Breeze: The Poeticians Creates Platform For Local Spoken Word, Hip-Hop Artists

Point Breeze: The Poeticians Creates Platform For Local Spoken Word, Hip-Hop Artists

The track rang out of the laptop speakers, while Rafeeq Davis looked down at his composition book. He bobbed his head in sync with the beat, waiting for a point to jump in before firing off his lines. Davis got halfway down the page before he tripped up, but laughed it off as he grabbed […]

 

Germantown: Poet Yolanda Wisher Says, “Poetry has Always Been a Healing Tool.”

Germantown: Poet Yolanda Wisher Says, “Poetry has Always Been a Healing Tool.”

Yolanda Wisher is an instructor at the Germantown Poetry Studio and the former director of the Germantown Poetry Festival. She is a founding Cultural Agent and “Rhapsodist of Wherewithal” with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. She published her first poetry book “Monk Eats An Afro” last year and recently received the 2015 Pew […]

 

Arts and Entertainment: Spoken Word, Comedy and Storytelling Communities Band Together For a Cause

Arts and Entertainment: Spoken Word, Comedy and Storytelling Communities Band Together For a Cause

“I don’t know half of you but I love all of you,” said MJ Harris – a rapper, teacher, storyteller, poet, actor and cancer patient – setting the tone for the first Inter Genre Story Slam. In an act of widespread solidarity, members of the comedy, poetry and storytelling communities converged on Sunday for a […]

 By Ashleigh Gray

Arts & Entertainment: Luis Marrero, A Powerful Voice

Arts & Entertainment: Luis Marrero, A Powerful Voice

Luis Marrero is making a name for himself in Philadelphia’s arts and entertainment community. It started in 2008, when Marrero took the stage in his first open-mic show at Center City’s Art Institute. From there he discovered his voice and natural talent. In 2011, he began a poetry collective called Voices in Power, which grew […]

 By Tariq Lee and Stuart Robinson

Logan: Book Spine Poetry Offers Teens Alternative Form of Writing

Logan: Book Spine Poetry Offers Teens Alternative Form of Writing

April has been celebrated as National Poetry Month in the United States since 1996. And to acknowledge the month, Belita Thornton, library supervisor at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Logan branch at 1333 Wagner Ave., assembled a new program, book spine poetry. Thornton said she was searching the Internet for new activities for the teenagers […]

 By Lee Miller

Mantua: Storyteller Shares His Tales with Youth

Mantua: Storyteller Shares His Tales with Youth

Ron Carter had the 20-plus children in the room transfixed. They laughed and gasped, hanging onto his words. He had the rhythmic flow of a Caribbean storyteller, and to the inattentive listener the story may have sounded like an old legend. The careful listener might have caught one important detail that gave the story away […]