Staying Power – Creating a Visual History through Philly-Sound[s] (Virtual)

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Creating a Visual History through Philly-Sound[s] features Deborah Willis, Dyana Williams, Anna Maria Horsford, and Guthrie Ramsey, Jr.

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From the sonic to the visual, few cities have captured and impacted America’s cultural imagination longer than Black Philadelphia. Creating a Visual History through Philly-sound[s] features the Ambassador of African-American Music, Dyana Williams, radio host, cultural historian, and Black music advocate; award winning actress Anna Maria Horsford who played the role of "Thelma" on the popular sit-com Amen set in Philadelphia; and musician and scholar, Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania will discuss the unique combination of creative, social, cultural, and political elements that create that beloved cocktail of Black creativity known as Philly-sound[s]. The panel will be moderated by Deborah Willis whose memories of growing up in North Philadelphia are shaped by a narrative of ‘staying power’ through listening to WDAS and WHAT while completing chores on Saturday morning, visiting the Uptown Theater, and attending church services on Sundays.

Online viewers will access the event through Instagram and Instagram Live @TheVillagePhilly @Monument_Lab. Limited in-person attendance with advance registration (separate event listing).


Creating a Visual History through Philly-Sound[s] is a special program of Staying Power, an outdoor art exhibition and program series in the Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood of Philadelphia hosted by The Village of Arts and Humanities and curated with Monument Lab.

For on-site attendees: Please remember to wear a face mask and keep a 6-foot distance from other visitors to the exhibition.

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Monument Lab is a public art and history studio based in Philadelphia. Monument Lab works with artists, students, educators, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on participatory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Founded by Paul Farber and Ken Lum in 2012, Monument Lab cultivates and facilitates critical conversations around the past, present, and future of monuments.

As a studio and curatorial team, we collaborate to make generational change in the ways art and history live in public. Our approaches include producing citywide art exhibitions, site-specific commissions, and participatory research initiatives. We aim to inform the processes of public art, as well as the permanent collections of cities, museums, libraries, and open data repositories. Through exhibitions, research programs, editorial platforms, and fellowships, we have connected with hundreds of thousands of people in person and millions online. Monument Lab critically engages our inherited symbols in order to unearth the next generation of monuments that elevate stories of resistance and hope.

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