upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2018

Sonia Sanchez


Sonia writes that even though a poet speaks plainly, “she/he is a manipulator of symbols and language — images which have been planted by experience in the collective subconscious of a people. Through this manipulation, she/he creates new or intensified meaning and experience ... Thus poetry is what I call, ‘subconscious conversation’: it is as much of the work of the those who ‘understand’ it and those who ‘make’ it.” Sonia creates and has these “subconscious conversations” everyday in efforts to teach and help rebuild the world. Her poems speak of issues ranging from peace to domestic violence to 9-11, poems that she hopes hold themselves “like a sliver to the heart of the world,” poems that do “battle for the creation of a human world, that is a world of reciprocal recognition.” Sonia is in the process of writing her memoirs, Morning Haiku, a book that is a testament to her ongoing commitment to struggle. Through this memoir, she wants people to know the “heavy smell of a poet who put her foot on this American spine and bid her country to look up at these gospel hands hanging bamboo poems of life.” She has worked for change for many decades, participating in the Black Arts Movement, the Black Arts Repertoire Theater, and helped to found the first Black studies program in the U.S. Sonia also teaches free courses at places like the Black Family Reunion Center and Graterford Prison. She is currently teaching a class, Poetry as Spiritual Practice at the Provincetown Arts Center. Her work is ongoing, because as she continues to speak for peace and against injustice, the many forms of silencing resistance in this country continue as well.


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
06/111:00 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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