upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

Desi P. Shelton-Seck

(1) by Kamile Kuntz

Growing up in Camden, Desi experienced life as inner-city female, not knowing how it would impact her until she moved away. Through her education she realized that the voice of the inner-city female was almost non-existent and largely ignored. This knowledge became the inspiration for her work as a playwright, actress, and director, feeling a responsibility to tell that story, rather than denying who she was and where she came from. Desi uses theater to preach, educate, and uplift, finding inspirations in normal day-to-day activity. She has been the Artistic Director of the Walt Whitman Arts Center and written and produced numerous projects including the Spirit of Camden Resurrection Through Dance involving artists living in or from Camden. She strongly believes in the power of playwrighting as a medium of expression. Desi is devoted to telling the story of her city and her people, and giving local artists a place to be heard and a forum to create and produce new work.


Leeway grant?

Leeway Transformation Award

The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia 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. [read more]

deadline 05/15
Upcoming events
09/232:00 pm - 3:00 pm

I’m Afraid Of Men Book Reading and Q&A

Vivek Shraya will read and answer questions about her new book, I’m Afraid of Men, co-presented by Asian Arts Initiative, Leeway Foundation, City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs, and City of Philadelphia Office of LGBTQ Affairs.

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10/0510:45 am - 12:00 pm

RELEASE: Art in the Context of Gender Justice & Mass Incarceration

Leeway will facilitate an interactive workshop and panel discussion on gender justice and the role that art has in decarceration activism as a part of Philadelphia FIGHT's Beyond The Walls Prison Reform Summit.

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