Voices from Broad Street Ministry: A Film Storytelling Project

Broad Street Ministry



Broad Street Ministry dining hall. Photo courtesy of Broad Street Ministry.

Broad Street Ministry (BSM), working with filmmaker and Pew Fellow Glenn Holsten, will develop a set of short films that amplify the stories of strength, resilience, and creativity within Philadelphia’s homeless and housing insecure communities. In workshops led by Holsten, along with other visiting artists, the homeless citizens served by BSM will creatively explore the thoughts, ideas, and experiences of the BSM community. This work will inform films that will be projected onto the exterior walls of BSM’s Avenue of the Arts building, screened inside its sanctuary—where lunch is served daily to the community members who are BSM’s guests—and shared through online platforms. The project aims to spotlight voices of those in the community who often feel voiceless and to raise awareness of the “radical hospitality” approach that BSM practices with its guests.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.