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SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 / 11AM-7PM

On September 10, we’re giving South Kensington something to talk about. For the first time in the neighborhood’s history, we are hosting an Arts Carnival on North American Street! 
Celebrating the creativity and new neighborly ties fostered by the Philly Block Project, the Carnival will present a day of food trucks, fun and games, rides, and art-making.

Rides and Games

  • Rides for all ages, like The Wrecking Ball, The Wizzer, and The Mind Winder
  • A mini-golf course hosted by Keystone Minigolf and Arcade.
  • Carnival games like a Dunk Tank, Hi-Striker, Ring Toss, Break-A-Plate, and more.
  • Street games like hopscotch, deadbox, and marbles.

Art-Making Tent
Explore six ways to create individual and group projects with South Kensington artists:

  • Create an interlocking brick pattern with Jacque Liu and Sarah Kate Burgess. Brightly colored paper and decorations will be provided.
  • Paint collaboratively on a giant paper maché sculpture, led by Ana Guissel.
  • Paint a new South Kensington mural with world renowned muralist Cesar Viveros.
  • Make photograms or shadow prints with The Resource Exchange. Once transformed, the light-sensitive fabrics can be stretched onto frames, used as patches, and more.
  • Screen print and decorate pennant flags with Second State Press. Use markers, sequins, and other fun embellishments to show your South Kensington pride.
  • Silkscreen posters with Marc Blumthal and Sascha Hughes-Caley. Using transparent ink, the final work will layer multiple bodies of text from South Kensington’s shared stories.

Live Entertainment
Led by Mistress of Ceremonies Marilyn Rodriguez – Founder, Producer & Host of the ‘Ahora Si!’ Show on La Mega 105.7FM-WEMG – enjoy local and international performances on the Arts Carnival stage.

11am: Fuego Nuevo Meso-American – Pre-Columbian dance that celebrates ancient Meso-American culture
12pm: Hafez Kotain and the Moffett Drummers – Arab and Latin rhythms with a renowned percussionist and Moffet Elementary School students
1pm: Mad Beatz Music – A coalition of Philadelphia public school students and alumni who possess “superhuman rhythmic capabilities”
2pm: Bomberos de la Calle – Puerto Rican Bomba and plena music and dance.
3pm: North Lawrence Midnight Singers – Classic southern rock with hints of doo-wop and roots
4pm: Heather Shayne Blakeslee and Sweetbriar Rose – A band of “rootsy, thorny, rose-hipped gypsies”
5pm: Udini Lavoz – Panamanian hip-hop, pop and reggaeton.
6pm: Ill Fated Natives – Bluesy tales of societal freedom and the jazzy paradigm of inner city love

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
Penn Treaty Special Services District
Blank Rome LLP
Front Street Café
Marilyn Rodriguez