upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

Ra’sheeda Bey

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2010 Leeway Transformation Award – $15,000

Ra’sheeda is a self-described ‘old timey’ quilt- and doll-maker historian who uses her art to teach her community about the history, culture, folkways, and traditions of their ancestral past, as well as provide knowledge on the inconspicuous roles that these art forms played in the African American experience. Her art reflects 35 years of investigation into the ways that these forms served Americans, from using quilts as a secret code during the Underground Railroad to using dolls to transport medical supplies over enemy lines during the Revolutionary War. She learned quilting and doll-making from her mother, grandmother, and great aunts as a child and has been creating ever since. Her art has taken her to universities, nursing homes, schools, community centers, and churches, instructing hundreds of individuals in diverse intergenerational workshops. She sees her classes as not only offering an opportunity to pass along important art forms, but also to share stories, build connections and strengthen bonds. A staple in her community, Ra’sheeda has been conducting Saturday quilt- and doll-making classes at Imhotep Charter High School for the past ten years. She has created quilts for BEBASHI, one of the nation’s oldest African American HIV/AIDS organizations, as well as the 30th anniversary Story Quilt for ODUNDE, one the largest and most longstanding African American street festivals. Ra’sheeda also created the first African American Heirloom Doll, which is specifically designed to be passed down from generation to generation. She is currently involved the in the creation of a quilt that will be hung at the President’s House in Philadelphia, illuminating the history of the nine enslaved African Americans who were owned by George Washington.


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
07/241:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Facebook LIVE Info Session

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 on Facebook LIVE and get your questions answered.​

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08/087:00 pm - 8:30 pm

12x12: LaTreice Branson

High-functioning fatigue. Pride in overworking and extending yourself. Getting the job done at all costs. It's the "exhaustion complex" in full force. Join artist and educator LaTreice Branson in this vivacious and personal exploration of the challenges of being an exhausted woman. Follow LaTreice's musical journey from exhaustion to relaxation and self-love, and then join in, re-setting your heart, mind, and body, with a joy-filled, interactive drumming finale.

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