Teaching Artist Micro-Grant Awardees
Gbahtuo Comgbaye is a Liberian storyteller who will use his grant to buy eequipment to share his workshops virtually. More about his work at https://www.folkloreproject.org/artists/gbahtuo-comgbaye
Janine Beckles is a professional dancer who shares her love for dance, specifically the Martha Graham technique, in under-represented areas of West Philadelphia for young women of color. She will use her grant to buy a computer to continue to teach classes virtually.
Karen Smith is a percussionist, playwright, director, producer, and poet. She will use her grant to purchase sound equipment to teach music virtually. Find out more at https://karensmithdrums.wixsite.com/karensmithdrums
Keisha Whatley is a visual artist and graphics + web designer. She works in conjunction with high schoolers at Parkway Northwest HS for Peace and Social Justice to amplify their voices and civic engagement. For more on her work, visit @customartsstudio on instagram.
Morris Jones is a visual artist. He works with black students in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, providing regular accessible art programming for them.
Jasmine Hawkins (Mizz Jasz) is a poet and theatre artist. She works with black high school seniors and encourages them to become more deeply connected to the works they create as well as exploring their identities. For more on her work, visit @mizzjasz on instagram.
Mark Palmer is a professionally trained percussionist and dancer since age three. He works closely with young black men in North Philly and surrounding neighborhoods to encourage growth in life through music and creative disciplines.
Robert Seitz is a visual artist -utilizing graphic design, printmaking and mixed media. He works with student communities K-12 at the Roxborough Library, championing diversity and putting their artworks on display. For more on his work, visit his website – the virtual flower garden.
Shivon Watson is a storyteller and culinary artist. She focuses her work on young people, teaching them to nourish themselves and their communities. Through reading, cooking and creative writing she supports their need of self- expression. For more on her work, visit @our_mothers_kitchens on instagram.
Erika Guadalupe is a visual artist working in folkloric art and printmaking. This project grant will support Dia de los Muertos Workshops and a Celebration Event in conjunction with Juntos. For more information: https://www.leeway.org/who_we_are/erika_guadalupe_nunez and/or https://www.instagram.com/monequiltia
Gabrielle Clark is a multi-displinary artist working in journalism, storytelling, visual Arts and photography. This project grant will support the Visual Storytelling Project centered on Black Women and Femmes. For more information: www.gabrielleSclark.com.
Alexandra King is a theatre artist whose practice includes facilitating performances within communities. Her grant will support Theatre of the Oppressed Training for Living Well Theatre, a collective of elder African-Americans who create performances about public health.
ChaCha N’Kole is an international fashion designer, philanthropist, motivator, and educator. Her grant will support The SEWcial Café, pronounced The Social Café, a community sewing space for women to create, collaborate, and develop handmade products. More info at http://www.thesewcialcafe.com
Emily Bate is a teaching artist who creates original work using amateur singers, empowering people to discard negative beliefs about their abilities and claim their voices. Her grant will support expanding the “Trust Your Moves” community choir. More info at http://emilybate.com
Li Sumpter is a multidisciplinary artist and educator whose work addresses social justice and environmental issues. Her grant will support the creation of BOOM4REALEmergency Response Kiosk, a super-sized “little free library” in North Philly Peace Park. More info at http://www.mythmediastudios.com/
Misty Sol is an interdisciplinary artist, visual artist (painter and gardener), writer (poetry and prose) and educator. Her grant will support a workshop at Art Sanctuary that connects agriculture, nature, and African American art. More info at https://www.instagram.com/mamamistysol/
Rose Benson is a fine artist and a registered nurse anesthetist at Temple University Hospital whose work takes an investigative look into the needs of women affected by violence. Her grant will support handmade books featuring stories of women who have survived gun violence.