upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

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?

Art and Change Grant

The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers in Greater Philadelphia to fund art for social change projects. [read more]

deadline 08/01
Upcoming events
07/241:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Facebook LIVE Info Session

Are you thinking about applying for the Art and Change Grant or the Leeway Transformation Award but not sure of how to go about it? Join us on Facebook LIVE and get your questions answered.​

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08/087:00 pm - 8:30 pm

12x12: LaTreice Branson

High-functioning fatigue. Pride in overworking and extending yourself. Getting the job done at all costs. It's the "exhaustion complex" in full force. Join artist and educator LaTreice Branson in this vivacious and personal exploration of the challenges of being an exhausted woman. Follow LaTreice's musical journey from exhaustion to relaxation and self-love, and then join in, re-setting your heart, mind, and body, with a joy-filled, interactive drumming finale.

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