Philly Block Project: The Meadows Arts Park

17 Aug - 30 Nov 2016
American and Master Streets, Philadelphia


Will Steacy and Layla Perea photographed each other in November, 2015, for the Philly Block Project. Steacy is one of the collaborating artists for the Philly Block Project and Perea is a South Kensington resident. Photo by Jordan Baumgarten/Philly Block Project, 2015.

As part of the 15-month, multi-phase engagement and exhibition, Hank Willis Thomas: Philly Block Project, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center will present "The Meadows," a temporary outdoor community arts park on N. American Street. The Meadows will host free artmaking workshops, film screenings, performances, and family-friendly activities every Wednesday night. Stay tuned for a complete schedule of events.

Igniting a dialogue on issues related to gentrification, Philly Block Project invites conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas to engage the community through public forums and photography. The project culminates in a gallery installation of Thomas' recreation of a city block with a series of 1:1 scale photographs of South Kensington's people and buildings.