EVERYDAY PLACES ARTIST PARTNERSHIPS
Barnes West, a collaboration between People’s Emergency Center CDC and the Barnes Foundation, is connecting West-Philly based social impact artists to residents in West Philadelphia at everyday, neighborhood places like grocery stores, restaurants, corner stores, and parks.
The goal of these opportunities is to provide West Philadelphia residents with spaces to engage in artistic projects that promote hope and healing. The arts have the power to effect social change by promoting understanding and dialogue about important social issues. Social impact artists are drivers of change within communities who develop artwork that engages with audiences and invites people to participate with various, relevant themes. Social impact artists demonstrate a history of, and commitment to, working with audiences as active participants in their work.
Barnes West has identified neighborhood sites that have volunteered to host a social impact artist for three to six months. Each neighborhood site will feature a placed-based art project at the close of the partnership program.
Barnes West is supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.