Elephants on the Avenue: Race, Class and Community in Historic Germantown

Historic Germantown

2015
$131,000

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Historic Germantown’s Second Saturday Festival. Photo by Jill Saul.

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Yolanda Wisher leads a story circle and paper fan-making workshop at Historic Germantown. Photo by Jill Saul.

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Historic Germantown’s story circle and paper fan-making workshop with Yolanda Wisher. Photo by Jill Saul.

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“Cracked Bowl” workshop with Barbara Bullock. Photo by Jill Saul, courtesy of Historic Germantown.

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Historic Germantown’s Second Saturday Festival. Photo by Jill Saul.

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“Behind Closed Doors” workshop with Ife Nii Owoo. Photo by Jill Saul, courtesy of Historic Germantown.

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“Deconstructing History/Reconstructing Memory” workshop with Ife Nii Owoo. Photo by Jill Saul, courtesy of Historic Germantown.

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“Deconstructing History/Reconstructing Memory” workshop with Ife Nii Owoo. Photo by Jill Saul, courtesy of Historic Germantown.

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“Pruning the Elephant” workshop with Benjamin Volta. Photo by Jill Saul, courtesy of Historic Germantown.

Using the arts as a catalyst for community dialogue and engagement around race and class in Philadelphia's diverse Germantown neighborhood, Historic Germantown presents Elephants on the Avenue: Race, Class and Community in Historic Germantown. This multi-part project joins artists such as Barbara Bullock and Benjamin Volta, poets Sonia Sanchez and Yolanda Wisher, and historians from across the US to create public art installations, educational programs, and community events. The project creatively explores such themes as indifference and respect, racism and tolerance, slavery and abolition, and exclusion and inclusion through a series of interpretive community workshops and conversations led by participating artists, which will culminate in a multidisciplinary exhibition and documentary. To complement the project, Historic Germantown will organize a community festival, free bus tours to its historic sites, and a series of community meals to encourage continued reflection and conversation around the project.


Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.