Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh hosts a monthly open-mic in The Village of Arts and Humanities. Ohene-Ayeh is the 2016 International Resident in the Spaces program at the Village. These performers participated in the open mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Photo by Lori Waselchuk

26 AugAugust SPACES Open Mic gathers young performers from around the city

On August 25, SPACES visiting artist Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh and neighborhood artists hosted their third open...

On August 25, SPACES visiting artist Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh and neighborhood artists hosted their third open mic in the historic Ile Ife Park at The Village of Arts and Humanities.

The event brought together artists from all over the city and the whole Village family. Our Creative Impact Studios music teachers Scotty and Anwar backed up Elle Morris, vocal instructor, as the house band for the open mic. Village students Emyne and Takia shone on the mic. And the evening closed out with a dance-off between all the performers.

 

Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh hosts a monthly open-mic in The Village of Arts and Humanities. Ohene-Ayeh is the 2016 International Resident in the Spaces program at the Village. These performers participated in the open mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Photo by Lori Waselchuk
Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh hosts a monthly open-mic in The Village of Arts and Humanities. Ohene-Ayeh is the 2016 International Resident in the Spaces program at the Village. These performers participated in the open mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Photo by Lori Waselchuk

 

Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh hosts a monthly open-mic in The Village of Arts and Humanities. Ohene-Ayeh is the 2016 International Resident in the Spaces program at the Village. These performers participated in the open mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Photo by Lori Waselchuk
Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh hosts a monthly open-mic in The Village of Arts and Humanities. Ohene-Ayeh is the 2016 International Resident in the Spaces program at the Village. These performers participated in the open mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Photo by Lori Waselchuk

 

Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh hosts a monthly open-mic in The Village of Arts and Humanities. Ohene-Ayeh is the 2016 International Resident in the Spaces program at the Village. These performers participated in the open mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Photo by Lori Waselchuk
Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh hosts a monthly open-mic in The Village of Arts and Humanities. Ohene-Ayeh is the 2016 International Resident in the Spaces program at the Village. These performers participated in the open mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Photo by Lori Waselchuk

 

Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh hosts a monthly open-mic in The Village of Arts and Humanities. Ohene-Ayeh is the 2016 International Resident in the Spaces program at the Village. These performers participated in the open mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Photo by Lori Waselchuk
Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh hosts a monthly open-mic in The Village of Arts and Humanities. Ohene-Ayeh is the 2016 International Resident in the Spaces program at the Village. These performers participated in the open mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Photo by Lori Waselchuk

 

Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh hosts a monthly open-mic in The Village of Arts and Humanities. Ohene-Ayeh is the 2016 International Resident in the Spaces program at the Village. These performers participated in the open mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Photo by Lori Waselchuk
Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh hosts a monthly open-mic in The Village of Arts and Humanities. Ohene-Ayeh is the 2016 International Resident in the Spaces program at the Village. These performers participated in the open mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Photo by Lori Waselchuk

 

Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh hosts a monthly open-mic in The Village of Arts and Humanities. Ohene-Ayeh is the 2016 International Resident in the Spaces program at the Village. These performers participated in the open mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Photo by Lori Waselchuk
Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh hosts a monthly open-mic in The Village of Arts and Humanities. Ohene-Ayeh is the 2016 International Resident in the Spaces program at the Village. These performers participated in the open mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Photo by Lori Waselchuk
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26 JulOlanrewaju Tejuoso begins work with discarded materials

Along with transforming conceptions and treatment of waste, SPACES artist Olanrewaju Tejuoso (Lanre)...

Along with transforming conceptions and treatment of waste, SPACES artist Olanrewaju Tejuoso (Lanre) plans to explore issues of loss and trauma through the stories of abandoned/discarded sites and objects. By treating trash as a precious art supply and focusing on the unspoken needs of the community, Lanre hopes to offer an alternative to the damaging ways humans treat the environment and their space, both physically and emotionally.

Lanre has begun to work with discarded materials he’s found in the neighborhood, including chip bags and discarded wood, as well as to collect fabric scraps from local manufacturers.

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24 Jul2nd Open Mic Night at Ile Ife Park was a Success!

Last Thursday, Kwasi hosted his 2nd Open Mic Night as a part of his creative power residency project....

Last Thursday, Kwasi hosted his 2nd Open Mic Night as a part of his creative power residency project. The night was incredibly successful! Local emcee Mike Raw and guests opened the show by rapping a few of their songs. Also, the Urban Shamans jammed with us all night. They shared a few of their powerful songs and also provided a few instrumentals for rappers and spoken word poets. Over 50 people came out to the historic Ile Ife Park and from small children to the elderly, the night was warm and overflowing with creative power. (Photos by Heidi Roland)

 

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15 JunSPACES welcomes visiting artist Lanre Tejuoso!

Olanrewaju (Lanre) Tejuoso joins the SPACES international artist residency cycle from Lagos, Nigeria....

Olanrewaju (Lanre) Tejuoso joins the SPACES international artist residency cycle from Lagos, Nigeria. He focuses on issues of waste and the larger environmental crisis through large-scale sculptures designed from trash.

During his residency, Lanre will design a unique arts-based intervention that collects the stories revealed by litter, and transform litter-strewn spaces into artful sanctuaries. Discarded objects and abandoned sites will be the subjects of Lanre’s plan to creatively explore trauma, loss, and commemoration.

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15 MaySPACES Welcomes Visiting Artist, Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh!

With the generous support from the Pew Center, SPACES has welcomed Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh, an artist and writer...

With the generous support from the Pew Center, SPACES has welcomed Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh, an artist and writer from Accra, Ghana. During his residency he will explore our local creative power. He wants to meet local artists — all kinds, any as many as possible — and bring them together to collaborate. To do so, Kwasi will host a series of open mic events at the Village, open to anyone who wants to share their talent.

He will also host dinners for local artists, where anyone who makes art is welcome to come show their craft. At the end of the summer, he’ll build a team of people who want to work together on an arts exhibit showcasing the neighborhood’s creative power.

Please check out more of his work on his blog:

https://iubeezy.wordpress.com

 

 

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07 MarPenny Candy Reunion Featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Safe Kids Stories

Last Saturday, the SPACES Team hosted a Penny Candy Reunion honoring two of our Places of Power profilees,...

Last Saturday, the SPACES Team hosted a Penny Candy Reunion honoring two of our Places of Power profilees, Nandi and Khalid Muhammed. Community Members came to the Village to reunite with Ms. Nandi and Mr. Khalid, see their old photos, and even get some more candy. Check out some articles about the successful event below!

Read the full Safe Kids Stories Article here

Read the full Philadelphia Inquirer Article here

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23 OctWednesdays: Visit our SPACES Open Media Lab!

Every Wednesday, SPACES Cycle 2 Artists Mike Keutemeyer and Anula Shetty offer free media classes to...

Every Wednesday, SPACES Cycle 2 Artists Mike Keutemeyer and Anula Shetty offer free media classes to the Fairhill Hartranft neighborhood.

Learn basic stop-motion animation techniques, shot framing, sound editing, and further building blocks of storytelling through film.

3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, 2558 Germantown Ave. Bring a smartphone if you have one.

23 JunWatch: The Story of the People’s Paper Co-op

The People’s Paper Co-op began as a Cycle 1 SPACES residency — and is now a Village program...

The People’s Paper Co-op began as a Cycle 1 SPACES residency — and is now a Village program serving hundreds of men and women in re-entry in our neighborhood. Watch the Co-op journey, as told by co-op member Faith Bartley and filmed by videographer Jon Kaufman.

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15 JunPew Foundation funds SPACES International Artist Residency

“The Village of Arts and Humanities (the Village) will host two accomplished West African social...

“The Village of Arts and Humanities (the Village) will host two accomplished West African social practice artists, Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh and Olanre Tejuoso, during residencies in which they will collaborate with north central Philadelphia’s families to design and execute a public art project.”

We’re proud and grateful to announce the Pew Foundation has chosen to fund an international cycle of our SPACES residency program. Read the full press release here. 

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23 DecJUMP Cover Story: King Britt’s SPACES Residency

King Britt’s SPACES Cycle 1 residency receives a cover story from JUMP Magazine.  “It’s...

King Britt’s SPACES Cycle 1 residency receives a cover story from JUMP Magazine. 

“It’s not just about the freshly built new studio, the weekly Internet radio program or even the album. It’s about access to ideas, equipment, knowledge and even power, all of which add up to confidence and leads to potential for careers.

“Exposing them to new sounds opens them up to new possibilities,” says King.

In an area plagued by crime and void of employment opportunities, without access to decent food, a proper education system or acceptable recreational facilities, the SPACES program fits The Village’s overall mission of inspiring people to be agents of positive change through the arts.”