upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2018

Kristin Schwab and Laquanda Dobson

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Guided by a love of food, family, and community and her passion for social change, Laquanda Dobson has been active in local, national, and international youth empowerment and social justice organizing since she was sixteen. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she is known for creating and building lasting relationships, filling stomachs, and warming hearts with her cooking. Her love of food and culinary arts has taken her from being a prep cook, catering events, and teaching kids, adults and seniors how to prepare recipes that are affordable, healthy, easy, accessible, and delicious. Recently she has followed her heart’s pull towards cooking for Black farmers and exploring the flavors of the African Diaspora.
A Philadelphia-area native, Kristin Schwab is passionate about using her love of food and cooking to build community, dismantle oppression, and work towards collective liberation. As a woman of Irish, Pennsylvania Dutch, and German descent, she is deeply committed to uprooting white supremacy. Her life’s journey has taken her from being a cook who uses food to build bridges and tear down walls to being a trainer who facilitates group collaboration, communication, and analyses of systems of power. She currently works at the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance organizing 20 Book Clubs, 20 Cooperative Businesses. During her many years working with foodways and social justice in Philadelphia, she has taught intergenerational cooking classes, trained young people as community chefs, and directed the Urban Nutrition Initiative's award-winning Youth Empowerment Program. 

Since 2007, Laquanda Dobson and Kristin Schwab have worked closely to cook up change; their love of cooking and its power to bring people together connected them then and continues to connect them daily



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 03/01
Upcoming events
06/111:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Grant Info Session in West Chester

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 for one of these information sessions to learn how to prepare your application for the 2018 grants. 

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06/137:00 pm - 8:30 pm

12x12: Gabriela Sanchez

What is an invisible disability? Do you have one, the person sitting next to you? The Hidden Disabilities Project will be Power Street Theatre Company’s next foray into experimental theatre making. With this new and exciting piece created by the only Women of Color led theatre company in Philadelphia, take an immersive journey exploring the gray areas of having an invisible disability in a black and white world.

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