upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

Valerie Harris

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(1) by Boone Nguyen (2) by Barbara Kigozi

Valerie is a writer, teacher, publisher, and film producer. She is committed to telling the stories of her communities of origin: West Philadelphia and Darby Township. The nature of Valerie's art and social change work is collaborative, representing the sharing of a variety of voices, experiences and perspectives. Her work as a community-focused teaching artist affects communities in many ways by facilitating self-expression, healing and inspiring on a personal level, which leads to collective empowerment. Valerie began writing plays in the 1970s, and saw her works performed nationally. Over the years, she has worked on a number of writing and publishing projects related to art, women, and the African-American community. Valerie's work assists communities in appreciating the cultural landscape—histories, traditions, struggles and creative expressions—and seeing themselves as active participants in it. For example, she led students in her Teen Writers Academy to publish an anthology, which she distributed to local public libraries. She also teaches writing workshops at the Paul Robeson House for seniors, working people, immigrants and caregivers. Currently, Valerie is working on the Darby Township Community History Project, which began as a writing workshop with African American seniors and has since evolved into an oral history project and community history film project. She plans to hold public screenings of the film and publish an accompanying book.

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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
09/232:00 pm - 3:00 pm

I’m Afraid Of Men Book Reading and Q&A

Vivek Shraya will read and answer questions about her new book, I’m Afraid of Men, co-presented by Asian Arts Initiative, Leeway Foundation, City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs, and City of Philadelphia Office of LGBTQ Affairs.

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10/0510:45 am - 12:00 pm

RELEASE: Art in the Context of Gender Justice & Mass Incarceration

Leeway will facilitate an interactive workshop and panel discussion on gender justice and the role that art has in decarceration activism as a part of Philadelphia FIGHT's Beyond The Walls Prison Reform Summit.

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