The Crafting Community Project in the greater Kensington area formally launched in summer 2020. To date we have held meetings and presentations with over 20 organizational, congregational, and civic partners, and formed the CCP Kensington Advisory Group which meets monthly to make CCP decisions and guide the initiative. In February and March 2021 we sent surveys to local partners and community members, and after tallying the 50 community votes, we identified the Kensington Cooks, Grows, and Serves initiative as the Community Art Project!
Kensington Cooks, Grows, and Serves is a series of online and (select) in-person events exploring food systems and growing cross-cultural and interfaith connections in the neighborhood. Throughout the Summer and Fall of 2021, Interfaith Philadelphia, our partners, and community members will delve into the intersections of food, faith, and community, engaging the food production process: from planting and harvesting, to distribution and cooking, to food-based cultural traditions and religious rituals.
Events may include (but not be limited to) a Community Planter Paint Day in partnership with Philadelphia Scenic Works, Storytelling Workshops with Kensington Voice and Norris Square Neighborhood Project, a Community Cookbook project led by the Free Libraries in the Kensington area, and a Community Cook-Off/outdoor meal. We will also be hosting several virtual community trainings and conversations, such as our previous Difficult Conversations Training and Community Conversations gatherings.
Please check regularly below, for updates on the events and programs being offered in Kensington. And if you are a neighborhood resident, community group, or other potential collaborator, please get in touch with our team. We would love to partner with you!
CCP Kensington Upcoming Events:
June 5: Community Paint Day @ Philadelphia Scenic Works
June 21-25: Interfaith Youth Neighborhood Mosaic (open to middle schoolers throughout the region)
CCP Kensington-Specific Past Events:
November 2020-January 2021: Gateway to Religious Communities Series
March 2021: Gateway to Zones of Peace Series
April 30: Difficult Conversations Facilitator Training for Nonprofit and Civic Leaders in Kensington
May 19: Community Conversation on Community-First Public Safety
If you didn’t get a chance to fill out our survey in the spring, or you have additional ideas for how we can work with the community on this project, please fill out this project survey. It will remain open throughout the project as a way to share your thoughts, concerns, and creative ideas.
We are currently deepening new and existing partnerships in all CCP neighborhoods. If you or your organization/faith community are interested in participating in the CCP or you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Chelsea Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org).