Art and Change Grant
Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital
Change Partner: Philadelphia Folklore Project
Discipline: Folk Arts
Lois will record her personal life experiences on tape and have them transcribed, both for the record and the ODUNDE archive. She will eventually share her memoirs in an ODUNDE program book and website, a children's book, and public readings. She will talk about how ODUNDE came to be, how it has impacted her life, and what it means as an African community festival. She will share the struggles to maintain it, and the battle for rights, education, and against gentrification. Lois believes that these are the lessons about self-determination, cultural survival, and cultural health that are important to pass on to the next generation: to inspire and encourage others to follow their dreams as it has for her.