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Temporary Media Zone at 6th and Oxford. August. Funded through the City Redevelopment Authority, MIM will organize a Temporary Media Zone during the month of August on a vacant lot at 6th and Oxford.

Mural Arts Program. June- September. As part of the ‘What We Sow’ project, MIM will be recording video messages at several Night Markets and Farmer’s Markets throughout the summer, with a focus on stories, recipes and experiences with heirloom produce and local food cultures.

Hillendale Elementary School. May 2-10. MIM was invited to Hillendale for 5-days as an artist-in-residence to work primarily with the 5th graders to create short videos about their experiences at school.

Young Audiences, Creatively Green Arts Festivals. April- June. Four Family arts festivals throughout NJ and Philadelphia focus on using creative activities to educate kids and their families about environmental issues. MIM recorded video pledges and messages at each site: Camden, Cook-Wissahickon, Jersey City & Hamilton.


Decarcerate PA: One day workshop with community organizers, including youth from Youth Arts Self-Empowerment Project to learn creative techniques to document and promote their grassroots campaign to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania.

Scribe Video Center: Street Movies! July- August. Messages in Motion will be partnering with Scribe to present a series of workshops with the community partners who will host the 2012 Street Movies. The video produced by the participating sites will be showcased at each Street Movies screening as part of the film program. Partner sites include: Norris Square Neighborhood Project, Bridgeway Inc, Urban Tree Connection and more…

Squeaky Wheel International Media Arts Residency. May 12- June 14. I am very excited to be joining the SW team in Buffalo, NY to kick off the summer. I will be developing a project titled: Future Cities, Future Spaces. Using the MIM Van and Squeaky Wheel facilities, I will lead a series of creative workshops, encouraging participants to imagine new uses for vacant, underutilized public spaces. How are cities transforming industrial spaces?  How are neighborhoods creating safe spaces?  What could these new spaces look like, how would they function? 

Casa Monarca From March 26- April 16, I will be meeting with a group of adults who recently completed their first computer class training. We will extend that workshop to produce short videos which will be featured as part of the De Pueblo a Pueblo Festival in Philadelphia, an inaugural festival to honor our local Mexican community by promoting greater understanding of traditional arts, language, and history of our southern neighbors.

Young Audiences. Messages in Motion has joined the Young Audiences teaching artist roster. YA places teaching artists in schools throughout New Jersey and the Philadelphia region. Our first workshop was with the Emerging Artists Creativity Hub on April 27th. You can see their blog and read more about the day here. Look forward to more YA opportunities in the coming year!

Mazzoni Center, March 17. MIM will work with a group of student leaders to document LEAD , a day log event aimed at high school students who are active or wish to become involved in the citywide GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) Network.

Main Line Art Center. October 2-23, 2011.  Messages in Motion Might will lead a series of classes that will link the Art Center; stories and history into a film that will be shown as part of the spring exhibition celebrating their 75th year.

Elsewhere Collaborative. The MIM project will be in Greensboro for 3 weeks in August, exploring creative collaborations with the Elsewhere and Greensboro communities! MIM Partnered with the Interactive Resource Center to offer a series of workshops with adults struggling with homelessness.

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC. In collaboration with the People’s Biennial Exhibition at SECCA, Messages in Motion will be in Residence in August working with the Enrichment Center and iCan House.

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership. Intergenerational workshops scheduled in April to explore how neighborhood issues relate to the preservation of the local watershed.

Orange Korner Arts, Ayuda Community Center. A series of 3 workshops with adults exploring how the arts can be used to create a safe space.

The LEAP After-School Program, a program of the Free Library of Philadelphia will be offering 10 MIM presentations at local branch libraries in February and March!


Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. We will be starting workshops with PPEHRC. They will be creating short weekly episodes based on their lives in Kensington, and the daily struggles to organize, educate and develop leadership to build a human rights campaign led by the poor.

Teaming up with the Green Guerrillas in Ithaca, we will co-present, Eco-Media: Nature as Inspiration and Motivation- an Eco-justice tour of Detroit as part of the 2010 Allied Media Conference.

Free Library of Philadelphia Teen Programming; Youth Empowerment Summit

Mural Arts Youth Action and Art

ArtWorks! OUTspoken w/YHEP

Germantown Poetry Festival

Norris Square Neighborhood Project

Powerful Voice for Kids- Summer Program at Russell Byers Charter School


Centro Pedro Claver: Summer Youth Entrepreneurship and Art and Social Change Project

VOICES, Temple University

Media Education Lab, Temple University; Powerful Voices

SEAMAAC: South East Asian Mutual Assistant Associations Coaltion, Summer Camp

Gaining Ground: DIscovering the New Iranian American

Mill Creek Farm

Messages in Motion has been supported in part by:
Leeway Foundation, Bread and Roses Community Fund, and Temple University