A neighborhood-level initiative in partnership with communities experiencing interreligious and intercultural tensions, the Crafting Community Project engages community members in art making and educational programming. This three-year demonstration project was launched with key funding from the William Penn Foundation in July 2019, and will engage the following neighborhoods: South Philadelphia, Kensington/Northern Liberties, and a third neighborhood that will be chosen upon assessment.
The Crafting Community Project aims to equip community members with skills needed to engage across lines of difference, and increase positive group relations that adds to the strength and resilience of the community. Through community insight, feedback and collaboration, participants will play an active role in identifying programs and opportunities Interfaith Philadelphia and its neighborhood partners can offer.
In South Philadelphia, community surveys, listening sessions with partners, and an advisory group of local neighbors helped us determine that the Community Art Project would be a cookbook! If you would like to submit a recipe for the South Philadelphia Interfaith Community Cookbook, please click here!
Lead support is provided by the William Penn Foundation.
The Crafting Community Project consists of three components:
Community Listening Sessions: Inter-generational and cross-sector gatherings where community members participate in conversations with Interfaith Philadelphia staff and partners to surface assets, needs, and concerns in the community. Community Listening Sessions will also provide participants with the opportunity to identify interfaith art and educational programs they’d like offered in their community.
Art and Educational Programming: Interfaith Philadelphia will work with community members to offer and develop programming that meets their needs. Programs could include workshops focused on art, justice, and reconciliation, creativity and interfaith work, developing skills for being a good ally, civil conversations, facilitation skills development, and dismantling bias and stereotypes.
Community Art Project: Each year Interfaith Philadelphia and art partners will work collaboratively in one of the three neighborhoods to identify and create a community-driven art project that interprets what daring to understand means for the neighborhood.
The Core Values guiding this work are:
Relationship and Understanding
We are currently working in South Philadelphia! To ensure this initiative remains rooted in our commitment to collaboration and community process, Interfaith Philadelphia and its partners forming a South Philadelphia Advisory Group consisting of 8-12 representatives from the community. This group will help direct the initiative and provide critical insight and guidance for the project.