Project: An Avian Allegory

The Village has commissioned illustrator/author K-Fai Steele to pen ‘An Avian Allegory,’ a children’s book on the adventures of Lily Yeh, Big Man and Jo Jo building The Village with neighborhood children, through the characters of whimsical winged creatures.

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Workshop: Oppenheim Project

This workshop served as a weeklong dedication to the life and works of pioneering artist Dennis Oppenheim in partnership with the Slought Foundation, The Public Workshop, and the Dennis Oppenheim Estate. “Device to Root out Evil,” created in 1997 by Oppenheim served as the catalyst for…


Event: Can Control

Through sponsored Red Bull event “Red Bull Can Control,” Village teens collaborated with Philly’s top graffiti artists to create large-scale graphic art. Special thanks to Marangeli Mejia Rabell, Ya-Ya and Jeanette of Red Bull and the artists.

Derrick Toler and El Sawyer

Film: The Beirut Boys

In this 2008 documentary, Village teaching artist and filmmaker El Sawyer gives voice to three young men living in North Philly, self-named, “The Beirut Boys.”In collaboration with producer and filmmaker Eugene Martin, Sawyer captures the young men’s exuberance and trepidation as they approach manhood and make decisions that will influence their individual and collective…


Event: Evoking Spirits

Organized by curators Joyce Scott, Linda Goss and Homer Jackson, the outdoor exhibit titled, “Evoking Spirit, Embracing Memory” honored 12 local artists and activists including Gene McFadden and Tammi Terrell, honored for their rise to greatness from humble beginnings; dancer Arthur Hall, honored as father of Philadelphia’s black arts movement; and activists Elner Dawkins and James “Big Man” Maxton. In the Village’s revitalized…


Film: Renaissance on Sacred Ground

Renaissance on Sacred Ground is a documentary about the healing power of African cultural art forms, including music and dance, to transform the lives of everyday people. It tells the story of Ile Ife, the House of Love, an African cultural center located on Germantown Avenue in North Philadelphia and created by famed dancer choreographer, Arthur Hall…