Elephants on the Avenue Gallery Exhibition

21 Apr - 31 May 2017
Historic Germantown, 5501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia


Historic Germantown’s story circle and paper fan-making workshop with Yolanda Wisher. Photo by Jill Saul.

As the culmination of its 18-month project Elephants on the Avenue: Race, Class, and Community in Historic Germantown, Historic Germantown presents a gallery exhibition of artworks created through the program’s various workshops and classes. The exhibition will feature works created by community members alongside commissioned pieces by visual artists Ife Nii Owoo, Diane Pieri, Barbara Bullock, and Pew Fellow Benjamin Volta, as well as poets and Pew Fellows Sonia Sanchez and Yolanda Wisher.

Elephants on the Avenue is a series of public programs and community events that use the arts as a catalyst for community dialogue and engagement around race and class in the diverse Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Led by collaborating artists and historians, these interpretive programs creatively explore such themes as indifference and respect, racism and tolerance, slavery and abolition, and exclusion and inclusion.