|TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PRESS |
Art for social change
|Friday, February 15, 2008|
|CONTACT: Kim Fischer <email@example.com>|
In conjunction with the Frida Kahlo exhibition currently on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Temple’s University Community Collaborative of Philadelphia has partnered with the PMA to create a series of workshops for teenage girls. Through art, movement, creative writing, group discussions and film screenings, the workshops engage young women in an exploration of leadership, identity and the role of women in society.
Facilitating many of the workshops, which are held on Temple’s Main Campus, are members of Las Gallas, a Philadelphia-based, multi-disciplinary art collective. The name of the all-female collective stems from the feminization of the word gallo, which means rooster in Spanish.
Photo by Natalia Smirnov
In one workshop, participants drew on Frida Kahlo’s penchant for wearing colorful shawls to fashion their own rebozos in a way that would signify individual notions of personal strength.
Said one participant, Inshira, a high school junior, “The program has given me new insight into art and myself.”
The series will conclude with a visit to the museum for a tour of the Frida Kahlo exhibit and the opportunity to share ideas with muralist Cesar Viveros, who will begin working on a Kahlo-inspired mural, “Viva la vida,” sponsored by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
Plans for future collaborations between UCCP and PMA are currently under way. For more information on Temple’s UCCP, visit www.temple.edu/uccp.