About The Project
From October 2015 - November 2016, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) and renowned conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, curator Kalia Brooks and other collaborating artists, including Lisa Fairstein, Wyatt Gallery, Hiroyuki Ito, and Will Steacy, have partnered to launch the Philly Block Project—a year-long, socially-engaged collaboration that provides a visual narrative of South Kensington’s past and present through photographs, while creating shared spaces for fostering interconnectivity, celebrating the history, and preserving the heritage of, the community.
The Philly Block Project is comprised of 3 key components:
- 'Archive Collective: South Kensington 19122.' Running from June 9-August 28, 2016, the exhibition is comprised of photos submitted by individuals who have called South Kensington home over the years.
- The Philly Block Exhibition from Hank Willis Thomas and collaborating artists, opening September 8, 2016 and featuring images from South Kensington’s present. Then come back to PPAC for the project’s wrap up celebration with a street festival on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
- And at the Philly Block Project’s core, ongoing community dialogue and engagement. Over the course of the year, PPAC will serve as a meeting place for residents, wherein monthly community meetings, workshops and informal town hall sessions will be hosted in the PPAC gallery. These gatherings will allow residents and partners to inform the direction of the community-driven project as it moves along, while sparking connections between neighbors new and old.
Be a part of it today!
Live or Lived in South Kensington?
If you have digital photos, log in and then submit them here!
Bringing paper prints? Have up to 10 images scanned at PPAC during normal hours, or at our monthly Philly Block Project meetings.
Outside of Kensington?
No problem. We’d still love to hear your block story. Drop by the PPAC Gallery for conversation and for each exhibition. Our doors are open.
We also encourage you to follow @PhillyBlock on Twitter and Instagram, and like "Philly Block Project" on Facebook.
Community Planning Meetings
Artists, neighbors, community partners meet monthly at PPAC to plan Philly Block Project events. These meetings are open to the public.
- April 12, 5:30 – 6:30pm
- May 3, 5:30 – 6:30pm
- June 14, 5:30 – 6:30pm
- July 12, 5:30 – 6:30pm
- August 9, 5:30 – 6:30pm
For More Information...
For more information please contact Lori Waselchuk, Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Major support for Philly Block Project has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from The John S. and James L Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.