Monthly Archives: February 2014

We’re headed to 15th & Susquehanna Ave.!

Dear Friends,

I’m writing with good news that I’ll be presenting at Philly Stake, a recurring microgrant funding dinner and competition that funds locally-based creative community engagement projects in Philadelphia.  All presenters are given three minutes to present their project and compete for funding.  All in attendance at the dinner VOTE for the winning project.  This dinner is being held at the First Unitarian Church at 21st and Chestnut St. on Sunday, February 16th from 5-8 p.m.  Come out, drink, eat and vote! Purchase tickets here.
From July 2014-June 2015, we are moving our work to the neighborhood just north of Temple University to put our History Truck: North Philly exhibit cycle into action with an expansive role in artistic programming.  There is much to share about the second leg of the History Truck’s journey, but for starters, here is a list of partners.
 (Want in?  Contact Erin to find out how the Truck can work with you.  We love new friends.)
At Philly Stake, we are asking for funding for the portion of History Truck: North Philly which directly relates to Tree House Books, a nonprofit cultural literacy center at 15th and Susquehanna Ave.  Public historian Erin Bernard (that’s me) has partnered with Collagist Theodore Harris (Founder/Director of the IASBA) to lead Tree House Books campers in July 2014 through the design and curation of a history exhibit utilizing oral history interviews of neighborhood community members and collage in the context of the summer reading curriculum.   Bernard will specialize in guiding students through the interview process.  Harris will specialize in leading the campers with interpreting oral histories using collage.  Works created by campers will be put up in a mini-exhibit at Tree House for the end of summer party, but also included in the full Truck exhibition in June 2015.  All recorded interviews and the truck project itself will be archived in Temple’s Special Collections Research Center.  The grant request budget includes historically-based reading/curriculum materials, a student audio recorder, collage materials, and small stipends for both Erin and Theodore.

So come out, eat, drink and vote for the Truck!  You can purchase tickets here!  If you cannot make it on the 16th, but know a friend who may like to come out and support, please spread the word!  If you would like to support the truck, but cannot attend this dinner, please reach out to me personally.  We need you!  (Please be sure to check out our sponsors page on our website, too, so that you can shop from awesome history truck-supporting institutions and vendors!)
Thank you for your time and consideration!
Many of you are already dear friends of our project, and we are continuously grateful for your support.
erin bernard
founding director & chief curator
philadelphia public history truck

Theodore Harris is the founder/director of the Institute for the Advanced Study in Black Aesthetics.  He was a founding artist of the Mural Arts Program.  In 2006, he co-authored the book Our Flesh of Flames with Amiri Baraka and has led collage workshops in prisons and mental health facilities.  Recently, he presented his work at McGill University.  Theodore’s studio is at 9th & Dauphin St.