upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

Michele Byrd-McPhee

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(1) by Gabriel Bienczycki (2) by Gabriel Bienczycki

Michele is a hip-hop dancer first and foremost. She creates hip-hop dance for women. Michele's roles have evolved into director, organizer and activist, but ultimately it all comes back her art. As a dancer she began to miss a sense of sisterhood and female representation in the male dominated hip-hop culture. She responded by organizing a group of female "street dancers" and invited them to join her company of women dedicated to creating Hip-Hop dance works, called Montäzh. Michele is a pioneer for women in hip-hop and is reshaping the field. Montäzh events and full-length shows are known around the country. Michele created The Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival, a Philadelphia festival that focuses on women and their relationship to hip-hop culture. She is dedicated to giving women the tools and the support to change the economy and workplace of hip-hop dance culture, so that women can have powerful, influential, well-paid roles as directors, choreographers, and leaders in the field.


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
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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