Artist Michelle Angela Ortiz and Writers Room member Jordan McCullough lead a mural painting for the Connected Communities kick-off at the Dornsife Center, Sept 2019.

Artist Michelle Angela Ortiz and Writers Room member Jordan McCullough lead a mural painting for the Connected Communities kick-off at the Dornsife Center, Sept 2019.

Connected Communities

Our 2018-2019 HOME symposium series allowed us to partner with neighborhood civic organizations and other experts across the university and city to discuss the past, present, and future of housing in this historically rich area. This year, we will continue the conversations with the Connected Communities program series. Our goal is to utilize the tools of writing to address the most vital concerns of all our participants, including the desire for alternative affordable housing options in West Philadelphia.

The Connected Communities program series is supported by TD Charitable Foundation.

Series Highlights

Mural Painting with Michelle Angela Ortiz
September 10, 2019

Artist Michelle Angela Ortiz collaborates with our own Jordan McCullough and Carol Richardson McCullough to lead a mural painting session exploring ideas of home and what it means to each of us. The mural will be installed at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch as part of the national Conference on Community Writing hosted by Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania October 17-19, 2019.

Design-build Workshop with Tiny WPA
November 11, 2019

Lancaster Avenue-based nonprofit organization, Tiny WPA leads a design-build workshop to create a communal table and benches that will become the center of our Writers House.

Visiting Artists Danni Morris + Andrea Walls
January 6-10, 2020

Tripod writers-in-residence host visiting artists Danni Morris + Andrea Walls in collaboration with Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and the Women’s Mobile Museum.