upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

Linda Goss

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(1) by Sarah Stefana Smith

2006 Leeway Transformation Award – $15,000

Linda is a storyteller who uses the medium to inspire people to respond to inequity in the world and to share a vision for hope, freedom, healing, and justice. Linda's stories are in the tradition of her African and African American ancestors, and tell of how people make choices and face power. Her repertoire is vast, with stories ranging from those passed down to her by family members, to oral histories, folktales from African American oral traditions, and original pieces. She is an agent for social change; her storytelling legitimizes and validates everyday stories, naming peoples experiences. Her art is built upon the transformative power of storytelling, empowering all people to acknowledge, know, and express their own stories, which she sees as a radical act in these repressive times. After an experience in 1982 when she was one of two Black storytellers at a national storytelling gathering, Linda organized with Mary Carter Smith to create their own festival, In the Tradition: National Festival of Black Storytelling, which, in 1984, gave birth to the National Association of Black Storytellers, established as a space to bring out stories from the community. That same year, Linda was named the Official Storyteller of Philadelphia by the Mayor. She has worked for over 30 years in the Philadelphia community, from circles for mothers to share stories of murdered children to intergenerational residencies to circles for breast cancer survivors to documenting community stories in North Philadelphia with the Village of Art and Humanities' Bearing Witness: Invoking Spirit, Embracing Memory Project. In 2003 she received the Oracle Lifetime Achievement Award for Storytelling from the National Storytelling Network. She is the author of 6 books, including Talk That Talk, Jump Up and Say, The Frog Who Wanted to be a Singer, and Sayin' Somethin' . She is one of the roster artists with Penn PAT.


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
09/127:00 pm - 8:30 pm

12x12: Eiko Fan

In Eiko Fan’s Live Wood Sculpture performance, wooden creations come to life. Wearing wood sculpture costumes, each performer creates a unique shape and environment with body movement. Watch the sculptures spring to life, listen to Eiko’s story and artistic journey, and then try out the sculptures for yourself!

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09/205:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Making Space: Leeway @ 25 Opening Reception & Conversation

In 2018, the Leeway Foundation turns 25 – a milestone grounded in the evolution of feminist principles. Please join us as we explore the intersections of art, culture, community and change, while we celebrate the artists and visionaries who lovingly and courageously made and continue to “make space” for fresh stories and new realities to exist.  

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