Power of art and community on display at ArtWell Festival

Produced by Meredith Nutting

On May 21, the community gathered at ArtWell’s home in Oxford Mills to celebrate the power of art, creativity, and reflection! It was a joyous day full of color, music, and sunshine.

Festival performances and activities featured slam poetry, Capoeira, West African drumming, improvisational singing, face painting and collage, and much more from talented friends and staff of ArtWell including Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher.

Thank you guests, partners, ArtWell staff, teaching artists and volunteers, and sponsors for your support, your contagious energy, and infinite smiles!

ArtWell Festival 2017 Photo Album

ArtWell Festival Performances and Activities

Courtyard Performances: ArtWell Slam Team Poets, Yolanda Wisher and Friends, Ami Yares, Noor Jaber, Anssumane Sillá and Company, Lindo Jones, Marcy Francis and Jan Jeffries

ArtWell Activity Stations: Face Painting, Paper Mask-Making, Tie-Dye, Collages, Found Word Poetry, Interactive Selfie Stations, Community Creations, Student Art Gallery

Mini-Workshops: Drumming with Anssumane Sillá – Guineá Bissau Dancer, Capoeira with Joshua Lee, Improvisational Singing with Ami Yares

Community Corner Partners: The Advocate Center for Culture and Education, Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, Booomers Bamboo Bikes, PSPCA Fishtown Center, PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)

Food Trucks and Vendors: Philly food trucks Foolish Waffles, PB&Jams, and Smokin’ Tacos, Gryphon Coffee Co.


Thank You to Our Sponsors

Community Leader


Media Supporter

Oxford Mills, Saul Ewing, Jeanmarie Lee, Abby Stamelman Hocky, Patty Smail, Susan Wargo

Adrienne W. Chew, Tina DiCroce, Normadene Murphy, Susan Teegen, Claudine Thomas, Carol S. Tyson

Recent Stories/Media Coverage
May 5: ArtWell Festival – 97.5 Ben FM
April 27: Free Interactive Street Festival Coming to Kensington May 21st – Spirit News

Posted June 12 2017 #ArtWellFest #CommunityCreates