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Community Maker Days Details:

Everyone who lives, worships, or works in greater Kensington is welcome to try their hand at clay in these fun hands-on workshops throughout the summer of 2018!

Make your very own handmade plate with the guidance of our lead teaching artists, Hope Rovelto and Hiroe Hanazono! Each Community Maker Day workshop consists of two workstations were participants get to both make and decorate plates. One workstation allows individuals to make plates using clay and a mold. The second workstation allows individuals to decorate a plate made by a previous community member using ceramic decals with images inspired and informed by the neighborhood and community partners. Decals will include photographs from the neighborhood, including contemporary images, archival photography, cultural icons and symbolism. These plates will be made available to community members who attend the Community Dinner + Clay Fest (or available for pick up if not available to attend).

Each of these plates will be unique piece of artwork, signed by both “community makers”, to be shared, used, and taken home by those attending the community dinner on September 29th. This will a memorable event!

Events Schedule:

  • Moffett School Multicultural Festival: Friday, June 1, 2:30pm-4:30pm
  • Sugar Cane Festival (APM): Saturday, June 9,  11am-3pm
  • Historic Fairhill Summer Festival: Saturday, July 14, 3pm-7pm
  • Hoodstock, Life Do Grow Farm/Fotterall Square (2315 N. 11th St): Saturday, July 21, 12-4pm
  • Street Movies! at Fairhill Square: Friday, August 10, 7:00-9:30pm
  • Street Movies! at Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden: Friday, August 24, 7:45-9:30pm
  • Feria del Barrio: Sunday, Sept 23, 12pm-5pm
  • Community Dinner: Saturday, Sept 29, 6-9pm (open to Community Maker Days participants and their friends & family.)

Community Dinner Recap:

Below are images from the Community Maker Days dinner on September 29th that brought together over 220 members of the community share a meal together on a plate they decaled or a plate made and decaled by other community makers. Each participant took a plate home after the dinner. The delicous meal was provided by local restaurants and chefs including:

  • Al-Mana Grocery
  • Que Chula Es Puebla
  • Restaurante y Lechonera Principe
  • Local Chef Ana Montañez
  • Local Chef Iris Brown
  • Hand Crafted soda provided by Philly Homebrew
  • Reanimator Coffee
  • Cake Life Bakery

DJ Kiki Rodriguez created a festive atmosphere throughout the meal, and then there was an incredible performance by Familia Rojas with special guest musicians visiting from Puerto Rico. We had hands-on activities throughout the evening including wheel throwing and a Photo Booth lead by Teaching Artists from the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and featuring clay props made by the staff.

Thank you to our Events Committee:

Yuan Benitez                 Nancy Mangual
Kishaly Boria                 Ellie Matthews
Iris Brown                      Ana Montañez
Pablo Laureano           Meliza Reynoso
Lisa Maiello                  Marilyn Rodriguez
Wanda Mangual

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make a plate

with simple tools and slabs of clay

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decal decorating

decorate with decal images inspired by the neighborhoods around each event!

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Thank you!

These events generously supported by the Willilam Penn Foundation