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Philly Block 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. Philly Block Project The Philly Block Project is comprised of 3 key components:
  • Archive Collective: South Kensington 19122, running from June 9-August 28, 2016, 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, free artmaking workshops and performances 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.


The Philly Block Project is collaborating with South Kensington artists to offer free art-making workshops: Art-A-Matic. The workshop series will take place on the first Saturday of the month from 10am – 1pm, at the PPAC or at artist’s studios in the neighborhood. Learn more here.

  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.
Check out the Philly Block Project on NBC Philadelphia, Philadelphia Weekly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Spirit Newspaper, and Philadelphia Magazine.
For More Information...
For more information please contact Lori Waselchuk, Project Coordinator at &nbsp
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 The National Endowment for the Arts Julie Jensen Bryan and Robert Bryan Lynne and Harold Honickman Margaret Harris and Phil Straus Jane and Leonard Korman Christine Lussier and Robert Hamill In-kind support: Instinct Graphics Spirit News The Residents of South Kensington   pbp-sponsors    
Celebration Dinner Sponsors
Sponsors Front Street Cafe, Allstate, & Blank Rome