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Neighborhood Time Exchange

Inviting you to dream big.

Artists-in-residence for the Neighborhood Time Exchange program put on by Mural Arts Philadelphia Kandis Friesen and Philippe Leonard install a sign for Earthship Philadelphia at 41st and Lancaster. Photo by Albert Yee.

About the Project 

Neighborhood Time Exchange provided selected artists with free studio space, a monthly stipend, and basic tools and supplies. In exchange for time in the storefront studio, the artists contributed volunteer time to work with residents on their ideas to enhance their neighborhood.

Between January and September 2015 residents of the Belmont, Mantua, Mill Creek, Saunders Park, and West Powelton neighborhoods were encouraged to stop by our studio during open hours to submit service requests for improving the community. Our resident artists worked directly with neighbors to help plan and implement their projects. From fix-ups to clean-ups, youth workshops to helping seniors – no project was too small.

Cohort 1 Artists 

Ian Sampson

Philadelphia

Ian Sampson is a writer, though you could be forgiven for confusing him with an artist. He makes comics, prints and drawings driven by narrative. We build stories for ourselves every day, constructing the narratives that shape our worlds. Sampson documents those fictions and imagines himself into other people’s through the malleable but dreamlike medium of comics.

Phillippe Leonard

Montreal

Born and raised in Montreal, I am now based in New York where I work as a cinematographer and film instructor. I am fascinated by the notion of place and how it is defined and circumscribed by cultural standards.

Betty Leacraft

Philadelphia

Betty is a fiber mixed media artist, educator, and lecturer residing in West Philadelphia. Her work is informed by artistic and cultural traditions of Africa and the African Diaspora, addressing themes of identity, heritage, nature, symbolism, and ritual.

Kandis Friesen

Montreal

My art practice focuses on public memory and cultural identity, looking at how these two things overlap and interact. Part of this work looks at how archival collections – official, community-based, oral stories or songs, and family albums – can be used to reconstruct and represent histories that get left out, or pushed aside, in official accounts.

Tulip painting on a barricade on the 34th St Bridge in Mantua. Photo by Albert Yee.

Cohort 2 Artists 

Sasha Phyars-Burgess

Lehigh Valley

Sasha Phyars-Burgess, a photographer living and working in the Lehigh Valley who describes her practice as inclusive, “I don’t treat the people who I photographs as subject or disassociated objects outside of me. There is always a moment were we must acknowledge each other.

Matt Neff

Philadelphia

My primary goal as an artist is to make compelling and engaging work that contributes to, challenges, and expands discourses around themes of social justice such as race, gender, class, and privilege. For example, in a piece (see image MattNeff4, Untitled) that I exhibited at my 2014 show, Second Sight, the simple materials of draped tracing paper covered in graphite take on the now unmistakably ominous imagery of a black hoodie, a potent visual commentary on the brutal murder of Trayvon Martin.

Macon Reed

Chicago

Macon Reed is a multi-disciplinary artist who makes sculptures, drawing, video, photographs, and audio documentaries. Her current studio-based work examines the lines between transformation and failure, trauma and healing, playfulness and escapism. She makes sculptures which then act as props in performances that force the sculpture to undergo a form of physical transformation through exposure to fire, fireworks, water, or use by human bodies.

Black Quantum Futurism Collective

Philadelphia

Black Quantum Futurism Collective is an artistic and literary collaboration between Camae Dennis and Rasheedah Phillips which explores the intersections of imagination, futurism, literature, art, DIY-aesthetics, and activism in marginalized communities. Forming in Summer 2014, the collective has created a number of community-based events (including a Zine Brunch benefiting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault), collaborative musical tracks, and two collaborative zines (Non-Locality metaphysics zine, and Secret Rivers DV awareness zine).

Second Friday Event at the Neighborhood Time Exchange Hub. Photo by Kathy Stull.

Cohort 3 Artists 

John Phillips

Philadelphia

I am a sound and video artist who frequently collaborates on large installations combining sculpture, light and sound to make immersive environments open for all to enjoy. Recently I produced a public art project in the Grays Ferry and Point Breeze neighborhoods.

Mark Clare

Dublin

My practice does not lie within any one discipline but instead embraces a variety of media including video, animation, performance and sculpture in an attempt to be versatile and perceptive.

Lucy Pistilli & Brian Bazemore

Philadelphia

Lucy Pistilli and Brian Bazemore, both native Philadelphians living in Mantua, work collaboratively on various visual art projects. Together they founded The Pedestrian Project, a collective that encourages artists to engage directly with under-represented communities through collaboration, actualizing philosophy that art should be accessible and not reserved for elitist populations. They are offering their services in filmmaking, gardening, youth programming, and more.

Pato Hebert

New York

I am an artist and a cultural worker. I collaborate with communities to help make them more vibrant and healthy. I teach art at a university in New York City, and I also work with young people in public schools and neighborhood settings. I do health work that addresses the challenges of HIV among people of color and LGBT communities worldwide.

Meredith Degyansky

Philadelphia

Her name is Meredith Degyansky but she goes by The Work Intern. Degyansky claims, “I’ve been interning at work for years.” After obtaining two higher education degrees from well-known universities, her life thereafter was comprised of unpaid internship after unpaid internship.

Additional Project Photos 

  • Neighborhood Time Exchange artist-in-residence Pato Hubert's In the Cut. Photo by Albert Yee.

  • Neighborhood Time Exchange artist-in-residence Pato Hubert's In the Cut. Photo by Albert Yee.

  • Neighborhood Time Exchange artist-in-residence Pato Hubert's In the Cut. Photo by Albert Yee.

  • The Women of Belmont have spent their time revitalizing this patch of land that was in disrepair. The Neighborhood Time Exchange project created and installed a 'Respect Your Block' sign to help bring attention to the process. Photo by Albert Yee.

  • Tulip painting on a barricade on the 34th St Bridge in Mantua. Photo by Albert Yee.

  • Tulip painting on a barricade on the 34th St Bridge in Mantua. Photo by Albert Yee.

  • Tulip painting on a barricade on the 34th St Bridge in Mantua. Photo by Albert Yee.

  • Tulip painting on a barricade on the 34th St Bridge in Mantua. Photo by Albert Yee.

  • Tulip painting on a barricade on the 34th St Bridge in Mantua. Photo by Albert Yee.

  • Mural Arts Philadelphia's Neighborhood Time Exchange artist exhibition. Photo by Albert Yee.

  • Artist Exhibition at the Neighborhood Time Exchange hub. Photo by Albert Yee.

  • Artists-in-residence for the Neighborhood Time Exchange program put on by Mural Arts Philadelphia Kandis Friesen and Philippe Leonard install a sign for Earthship Philadelphia at 41st and Lancaster. Photo by Albert Yee. March 28, 2015

  • Artist-in-residence Kandis Friesen of Mural Arts Philadelphia's Neighborhood Time Exchange joins 2nd and 3rd graders from Martha Washington School for the wrap party of their film. Photo by Albert Yee. Martha Washington School March 30, 2015

  • Artist-in-residence Kandis Friesen of Mural Arts Philadelphia's Neighborhood Time Exchange joins 2nd and 3rd graders from Martha Washington School for the wrap party of their film. Photo by Albert Yee. Martha Washington School March 30, 2015

  • Mural Arts Philadelphia artist-in-residence Betty Leacraft, a fabric artist, wrapping up her Neighborhood Time Exchange project at Mill Creek Recreation Center. Photo by Albert Yee. April 10, 2015

Time Exchange Projects 

Between January and September 2015 Neigborhood Time Exchange artists assisted neighbors with the following projects:

  • Assisting New Africa Center with the conceptual framework of a New Freedom District, including a digital rendering of New Freedom Square
  • Developing signage for the Philadelphia Earthship
  • Engaging youth at Mill Creek Rec Center in a fabric dying workshop series
  • Creating a 100 Year Anniversary commemorative wall hanging and special window treatments for New Bethlehem Baptist Church
  • Creating new curtains for Community Education Center theater space
  • Creating and installing colorful artistic plywood boards to replace blank boards on vacant home at 1021 Belmont Avenue
  • Painting a mural on the side of LAVA Space community center
  • Helping produce a student-developed film for Black History Month with 4th and 5th graders from Martha Washington Elementary
  • Creating banners for Lancaster Avenue Veteran’s Memorial
  • Hosting a soccer workshop for youth at Mill Creek Rec Center
  • Offering a free “Photo Day” for PEC clients and their families to receive professional portraits
  • Assisting a community leader with cleanup on 800 N. Palm Street
  • Developing a “Sensory Room” at Martha Washington Elementary for studios with behavioral disorders
  • Creating large artistic signage for a community green space at Brooklyn & Ogden
  • Painting tulip stencils on the 34th Street bridge with the Mantua Civic Association’s “bulbs not bullets” initiative
  • Taking photos at St. Ignatius Nursing Home for a fundraising calendar
  • Creating a mural of Major Taylor, first African-American world champion cyclist, for Neighborhood Bike Works
  • Fabricating an artistic aluminum fence for the 4200 block of Filbert Street
  • Helping to promote and document the 50th Anniversary March of MLK’s Freedom Now speech at 40th & Lancaster
  • Creating a historic map of the Lancaster Avenue corridor and Lincoln Highway
  • Creating t-shirts for the Rose’s Clubhouse after-school program
  • Promotion and performers for Malcom X Celebration Day with New Africa Center
  • Creating ADA anniversary marketing materials
  • Assisting Mill Creek Farm with the creation of informational signage
  • Creating promotional fliers for three separate community events hosted by three different community groups – Mill Creek Advisory Council, We Are Mantua, and the Holly Street Garden Group’s Belmont Alliance Civic Association
  • Hosting a zine workshop for youth at Martha Washington Elementary School
  • Creating a banner for the Mantua Greenway Project

Time Exchange artist Betty Leacraft demonstrates to students. Photo by Steve Weinik.