upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

Priscilla Anacakuyani

Priscilla Anacakuyani
(1) by Kiriaki Alethia Anastasiadis

Priscilla Anacakuyani Bell was born and raised in North Philadelphia. At young age, she decided that when she grew up, she wanted to become an artist and a teacher. 

She went on to get her degree in Fine Arts in 2000 at Moore College of Art and Design. After graduation, Priscilla started teaching in after school programs, working to create murals with children through the Mural Arts Program and then went on to become assistant director of an all arts preschool in Philadelphia while remaining active as a painter. 

In 2009, Priscilla became a member of the Taino Council Guatu Ma Cu a Boriken and became active more in the Taino community in Diaspora. Through her encounters with those she had met through cultural events and gatherings, she became more informed of the struggles of disadvantaged communities throughout the Americas and searched to assist through campaigns, benefits, educational outreach, and rallies. Most recently, with the “Stop NALED” campaign which threatened to bombard the people of Boriken with the spraying of neurotoxins, and with the Standing Rock Sioux's fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. She also creates artwork reflecting socio-political issues that plague western society today, including: Indigenous Rights, Gentrification, and Equality.

Priscilla looks forward to continuing her Taino Cultural workshops throughout the summer into fall and by doing so, supply youth with fun and educational activities as well as expand awareness of Taino culture in the Philadelphia region.

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Leeway Transformation Award

The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists living in the Delaware Valley region who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work. 2018 applications will be available in January, 2018. [read more]

deadline 05/15
Upcoming events
12/031:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Conversation and Workshop with Kameelah Janan Rasheed

On Sunday, December 3, join Institute of Contemporary Art for a conversation and workshop with Kameelah Janan Rasheed—an artist whose work is featured in the exhibition Speech/Acts—co-presented with the Leeway Foundation.

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12/145:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leeway, CultureWorks, Bread and Roses and Philly PR Girl Present Holiday YAY

Kick off the holiday party season with Bread & Roses Community Fund, CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, Leeway Foundation, and Philly PR Girl. We're all neighbors in The Philadelphia Building and we want to celebrate you! 

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