The Village of Arts and Humanities

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh, Untitled - I Can’t Draw, a large-scale work that deals with perception, space, and the seamless proximity existing between the ideas of the subject and object—the maker and the made. Courtesy of the artist.

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Community collaborators working on Olanre Tejuoso’s Material Memory. Photo by Breanne Furlong.

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Community collaborators working on Olanre Tejuoso’s Material Memory. Photo by Breanne Furlong.

The Village of Arts and Humanities (the Village) supports the voices and aspirations of the community and inspires people to be agents of positive change through programs that encompass arts and culture, engage youth, revitalize community, preserve heritage, and respect the environment. Founded in 1986, the Village is an established community asset of 14 art parks and nine programs buildings, annually impacting 5,000 youth and families, enlisting the help of 600 volunteers, and educating 360 teens who attend Village afterschool programs. In 2015, the Village received a Center grant to host two West African social practice artists, Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh and Olanre Tejuoso, during residencies in which they will collaborate with north central Philadelphia's families to design and execute a public art project.