Staying Power Panel: Creating a Visual History through Philly-Sound[s]

22 May 2021
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Village of Arts & Humanities, 2544 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19133


Deborah Willis, Black Women and Work photo series, 2021, part of Staying Power exhibition, The Village of Arts and Humanities, Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

As part of its exhibition and public programming series Staying Power, The Village of Arts & Humanities hosts a live panel discussion on the unique combination of creative, social, cultural, and political elements that gave rise to the Philadelphia Sound.

Panelists include radio host, cultural historian, and Black music advocate Dyana Williams; award-winning actress Anna Maria Horsford; and musician, scholar, and University of Pennsylvania music professor Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. The panel will be moderated by Staying Power artist and North Philadelphia native Deborah Willis.

Curated by Monument Lab, Staying Power is a public art exhibition and program series in the Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood of Philadelphia that asks artists, neighborhood residents, and visitors the questions: What is your staying power in this neighborhood? What is your staying power in a city and world that are rapidly changing?

In-person tickets are limited. This event will also be available to view on TheVillage’s Instagram Live.