May 21: ArtWell Festival at Oxford Mills

The ArtWell Festival, a free interactive street festival, uniting youth and community through creativity, returns to Oxford Mills on Sunday, May 21st! #ArtWellFest #CommunityCreates

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Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Oxford Mills 100 W. Oxford Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122. Google Map
***Oxford Mills parking is reserved for residents and tenants only. Street parking is available including paid parking at 1320 N. Front Street.***

Every day we witness the power of making art, sharing stories, and creating new ones together. The ArtWell Festival is a free, energetic, family-friendly street festival that brings ArtWell’s mission to life. From face painting and collage to West African drumming and slam poetry, this event is a great way to learn more about ArtWell and engage in the power of creativity and reflection!

The ArtWell Festival will take place on Hope Street, a historic cobblestone street that runs alongside the ArtWell office (between Front and Howard Streets). Vibrant music and percussion, dance performances, activity stations and free workshops will occur throughout the afternoon at the cozily restored Oxford Mills building in Fishtown. Among the festival performers, Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher and many talented ArtWell teaching artists and students.

All are welcome to this free community event. We are excited to host kids and families, community partners, local businesses, media, artists and educators. More than 300 guests attended the 2015 Festival and we’re looking forward to an even larger event on May 21st!

Featured Activities/Events

Poet, vocalist, and educator Yolanda Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song. Wisher is a 2015 Pew Fellow and a 2016 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence. Wisher founded and directed the Germantown Poetry Festival (2006-2010), served as Director of Art Education for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (2010-2015), and worked as a Cultural Agent and Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (2014-2016). She is currently the 3rd Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.

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

Drumming with Anssumane Sillá – Guineá Bissau Dancer
Capoeira with Joshua Lee
Improvisational Singing with Ami Yares

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

Food Trucks and Vendors ($):

  • Food available for purchase from Philly food trucks Foolish Waffles, PB&Jams, and Smokin’ Tacos
  • Onsite cafe drinks will be available for purchase from Gryphon Coffee Co. during Festival hours
  • Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase for a chance at locally sourced prizes


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

Sponsorship Opportunities
The ArtWell Festival offers philanthropists and companies the opportunity to support an organization that is working to foster thriving, just and peaceful communities. Your generous support goes directly toward programs of ArtWell, reaching 1,000 to 3,000 youth annually in communities throughout Greater Philadelphia. ArtWell is a nonprofit, non-sectarian 501(c)3 organization and is registered as a charitable organization in Pennsylvania.

  • $10,000+ ChangeMaker
  • $5,000+ Community Leader
  • $2,500+ Benefactor
  • $500+ Supporter
  • $150+ Contributor
  • In-Kind Donor: Please work with ArtWell Staff to customize your sponsorship opportunity. Contact Julia Terry at
ArtWell Festival Sponsorship Form