upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

Shivon Pearl Love and Khaliah D. Pitts

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Khaliah is a Philly native and a lifelong artist. She attended the Philadelphia High for Girls where she discovered a love of music and cultivated her skills as a writer and performance poet. Khaliah is fiercely dedicated to the tradition of storytelling and using it as a tool for education and, ultimately, liberation. In 2011, she began her career as a health educator. She has taught sexual health and nutrition and now focuses on facilitating spaces of cultural liberation through food and art. Khaliah recently received her Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Temple University, where she conducted research to initiate a community health intervention; she created and taught Confidence in Culture, a culturally relevant 4-week nutrition curriculum for communities of mixed cultural backgrounds. In late 2016, she co-founded Our Mothers' Kitchens, a culinary and creative writing program for young girls of color with her sister-friend Shivon Pearl Love. Using the works of Vertamae Smart-Grosvernor, Ntozake Shange, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alice Walker, Our Mothers’ Kitchens seeks to introduce young women of color to the ways in which these Black female authors intersect food and language as a means of liberation, expression, and cultural preservation. Currently, Khaliah is putting together her first poetry manuscript and writing a science-fiction novel. To follow her artistic endeavors find her on Instagram (@the_kdp) and Soundcloud (www.soundcloud.com/thekdp). For more information on Our Mothers' Kitchens, visit www.ourmotherskitchens.org or follow us on Instagram (@our_mothers_kitchens).

Shivon is a mama of two, a community educator and burgeoning medicine woman. Her research and teachings focus on the culinary, agricultural and healing traditions of peoples of the African diaspora. She spent several years teaching culinary skills, nutrition and agricultural education within Philadelphia high schools. In addition to her commitment to preserving African diasporic traditions, Shivon is a yoga teacher. She has been studying yoga and meditation as healing practices since 2003 and teaching since 2010.


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
06/246:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Leeway x Icebox Residency: Lineages and Routes Artist Talk

A conversation on process and study with diasporic artists Marie Alarcón (WOO '18, ACG '09), Petra Floyd, Naya, Wit López (ACG '18), and Jennifer Turnbull (ACG '09) of SWARM. 

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06/297:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Leeway x Icebox Residency: No/New Rites Culminating Performance

An evening of new performances by Marie Alarcón in collaboration with SWARM, Petra Floyd, Wit López, and Naya

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