Art for Change: Steward of Black Creativity

In going from art student to sculptor to ceramicist to curator to podcaster, Gerald Brown has been an advocate for and supporter of Black and Brown artistry — and a keen observer of the artistic process

By Logan Cryer

Art for Change: The Soundmaker

Penn music technology professor Eugene Lew experiments with electronic music and sound. His latest project: a collaboration with textile weavers.

By Logan Cryer

Art for Change: The Deliberate Photographer

Kenyssa Evans is not a stereotypical Gen Z. She eschews social media, works slowly and intentionally, and prefers working in the shadows on her sensory images of Blackness in America.

By Logan Cryer

Art for Change: The Late Bloomer

Multidisciplinary artist, musician and cultural provocateur Taji Ra’oof Nahl got his artistic start later in life, opening an Old City gallery, creating wearable art from vintage clothing, and now, collaborating on experimental film.

By Logan Cryer

Art for Change: Your Local (Art) DJ

Video artist Rashid Zakat’s Revival! ingeniously mixes R&B, cartoons, TikToks and gospel. Now, he’s dreaming of becoming Philly’s foremost (only?) art DJ

By Logan Cryer

Art for Change: The Black Liberationist

Arielle Julia Brown, founder and director of Black Spatial Relics, supports performance artists whose art contends with slavery, freedom and justice. The next in a series with Forman Arts Initiative

By Logan Cryer

Art for Change: The Duality Painter

Patricia Renee’ Thomas’ vibrant paintings portraying Black women and nature balance reality and hope. Here, in the latest Forman Arts Initiative partnership, how she learned and teaches her students to do the same, in art and in life

By Logan Cryer

Art for Change: The Prankster

Rose Luardo, performer, dancer, visual artist and comedian shuns stereotypes in pursuit of art that’s both thoroughly provoking and totally fun

By Logan Cryer