upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

Priscilla Anacakuyani

Priscilla Anacakuyani
(1) by Kiriaki Alethia Anastasiadis

Priscilla Anacakuyani Bell was born and raised in North Philadelphia. At young age, she decided that when she grew up, she wanted to become an artist and a teacher. 

She went on to get her degree in Fine Arts in 2000 at Moore College of Art and Design. After graduation, Priscilla started teaching in after school programs, working to create murals with children through the Mural Arts Program and then went on to become assistant director of an all arts preschool in Philadelphia while remaining active as a painter. 

In 2009, Priscilla became a member of the Taino Council Guatu Ma Cu a Boriken and became active more in the Taino community in Diaspora. Through her encounters with those she had met through cultural events and gatherings, she became more informed of the struggles of disadvantaged communities throughout the Americas and searched to assist through campaigns, benefits, educational outreach, and rallies. Most recently, with the “Stop NALED” campaign which threatened to bombard the people of Boriken with the spraying of neurotoxins, and with the Standing Rock Sioux's fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. She also creates artwork reflecting socio-political issues that plague western society today, including: Indigenous Rights, Gentrification, and Equality.

Priscilla looks forward to continuing her Taino Cultural workshops throughout the summer into fall and by doing so, supply youth with fun and educational activities as well as expand awareness of Taino culture in the Philadelphia region.

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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
11/2410:00 pm - 11:00 pm

REEL Change Double Feature

Rounding out the final Saturday of features with a double header as part of Leeway's 25th Anniversary Film Festival.

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12/022:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Looking Forward: The Future of Leeway Community Meeting

A collective visioning of what the next 25 years of supporting artists and cultural producers could look like in the name of equity and social change.

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