Somnyama 1, Paris, 2014 by Zanele Muholi

Beginning in February of 2018 and continuing through June of 2019, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center teams up with South African artist and activist Zanele Muholi for her first major project in the United States: the WOMEN’S MOBILE MUSEUM. Sparking a politically-relevant, women-focused dialogue, Muholi and the WOMEN’S MOBILE MUSEUM will address barriers that prevent women from becoming culturally and economically engaged in the arts.

The project will begin as a yearlong media arts apprenticeship and training program for ten economically vulnerable Philadelphians who identify as women, led by Muholi and PPAC’s instructors. The apprenticeship will focus on the study and practice of photography, video, and graphic design, but will also touch on topics such as writing, public speaking, magazine production, exhibition design and art history.

If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship, please attend one of the information sessions listed here. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2018.

For questions, please contact Lori Waselchuk at lori@philaphotoarts.org.


Major support for the WOMEN’S MOBILE MUSEUM has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from by the William Penn Foundation and the VIA Art Fund.


The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is a multidisciplinary grantmaker and hub for knowledge-sharing, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, and dedicated to fostering a vibrant cultural community in Greater Philadelphia. The Center fulfills this mission by investing in ambitious, imaginative projects that showcase the region’s cultural vitality and enhance public life, and by engaging in an exchange of ideas concerning artistic and interpretive practice with a broad network of cultural practitioners and leaders. For more information, visit www.pcah.us.

The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. In partnership with others, the Foundation works to advance opportunity, ensure sustainability, and enable effective solutions. Since inception, the Foundation has made nearly 10,000 grants totaling over $1.6 billion.

VIA Art Fund is a non-profit organization where art patrons join forces as partners in a new model of philanthropy to support Visionary Initiatives in Art.