Monday, June 30, 2008

"Won't see that on channel 6!"

Walking to work this morning, my neighbor Ron was showing his new Toyota Prius to me and Lettie from across the street... beautiful color. Like some kind of silvery-green. We got to talking about the engagement party that my neighbor, George, threw for his daughter on Saturday and how much fun we all had. It was a great night on the block. The music was awesome. We got to laughing so loud telling stories and suddenly we heard George yell out from his porch, "Look at the community! Neighbors talking and enjoying themselves on this beautiful day. Won't see that on channel 6!" It reminded me of the last letter that our Director of Development wrote concerning headlines about our neighborhood. If you haven't already read it, click on the letter below to enlarge:

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mural Celebration Date Set

If you're in the neighborhood...The Friends of Hunting Park Community Garden received a grant for $5000 to continue the greening and beautification of our neighborhood. As we celebrate the completion of the mural, we'll also be discussing with our neighbors future projects funded by this grant. Should be a great party! Here's a small preview we're calling "the Andy Nolan Detail":

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Introducing Ayuda's Good Works Group

Join Ayuda's Good Works Group and receive more for your generous donations to support the arts at Ayuda. By giving an annual donation, you will receive "Good Works" in return. You can choose the level that you would like to join and we will send you the "goods" listed below.
(Note: 2009 calenders will be shipped in December 2008.)

$20 - Set of 5 notecards featuring images of good works from our youth artists (designs)

$100 - 2 sets of 5 notecards featuring images of good works from our youth artists (designs)
2009 calender featuring images from Community Arts at Ayuda

$500 - 2 sets of 5 notecards featuring images of good works from our youth artists (designs)
2009 calender featuring images from Community Arts at Ayuda
8 X 10 or 8 X 8 unframed photo taken by our youth photographers (choices)

$1000 - All the good works at the $500 level plus:
Your choice of a framed and matted 11 X 14 photo taken by our youth photographers (choices)
a framed printed reproduction of a painting or pastel from our youth artists printed on canvas (choices; sizes indicated)

Most of all, we at Ayuda want you to be connected with the exciting work that we do in Hunting Park. We hope that you'll enjoy choosing a "good work" to receive for your donation as we will celebrate the continuation of the Community Arts Program with your support.

Indicate your level of membership and list the title(s) of the artwork you select to receive. We will contact you when we receive your membership donation to arrange delivery of your Good Works.

T-Shirt Design by Youth Artist: Nathalie Nunez

Summer Camp Theme: Celebrating Unity in Diversity: A Tour of 7 Continents


Last week, I attended the launch event and documentary screening of at Esperanza Academy,a local charter high school. This youth-based website provides space for youth in our neighborhood to speak out against .

"With the creation of this website, we hope to change our community as well as our world from a birthplace of to a world of peace and harmony."

We sat before a panel of 7 high school students involved in the Student Council as they talked to the audience about why developing this website was important to them. One of the young men gave one reason that he wanted to be proactive against in N. Philly:

"Because when I am an old, old, old, old, old, old, man, I want my great-grandchildren to be able to go to the corner store and be safe."

I felt very fortunate to be there to hear these creative kids talking about their work. Very inspiring. Once you're on the website, click on Media and watch the documentary made by the students in the film classes at E. Academy. (It takes a while to load, but it is really worth it.)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Program from Youth Art Show

Click on the document to get a closer look:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Jacob Hoop'n it up at Ayuda

Family Day 2008

New Flickr Set from Family Day, Saturday, 14th, 2008.

View the creation of the Hunting Park Community Quilt. The final product will be hung in the front room at Ayuda. Stop by to get a closer look.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Womens Association of Supplee Presbyterian Church

Ayuda was visited by this women's group earlier this Spring. After their visit, they made a generous donation to help Ayuda provide lunch for our Hunting Park Community Paint Day. I was on their website today and they have a lovely slide show with shots from the mosaic mural at the garden as well as some shots at HPCA (Hunting Park Christian Academy located at Spirt and Truth Fellowship Church). Click here to see it and to read more about what they do. Thanks Supplee!