2015 Mifflin Square Alliance Festival

Saturday, September 19th • 4-8PM
Mifflin Square Park • 6th & Wolf Streets
Food • Music • Art • Workshops
Open and Free for All!


The Mifflin Square Alliance Festival is a community celebration created by a growing coalition of South Philly residents. A culmination of this summer's Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge project, the festival unites neighborhood visions for a more sustainable Philadelphia with popular education, arts and culture. From late afternoon to early evening this Saturday, the Mifflin Square Park will feature five areas:
  • The PowerHouse Stage with music, dance and storytelling from neighborhood residents.
  • Exhibitions by local artists and organizations.
  • Useful Knowledge Workshops by individuals and organizations in South Philadelphia.
  • Kids Union features artistic and fun activities for young people.
  • Picnic Space where you can bring food to enjoy together. There will also be some food for sale and free samples from South Philly eateries..
T.O. Philly is helping to MC this event. Below is a full schedule of all the events.  and right here is a video of the process that went into creating the festival, including a Forum Theatre piece created by T.O. Philly:

Times and presenters are subject to change—see the event's Facebook page for the latest info.
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POWERHOUSE STAGE 4-8PM
  • 4–4:30 DJ Rich Wexler spins
  • 4:30–5 Award ceremony of South Philly Food Contest
  • 5–5:30 Karen traditional dance troupe
  • 5:30–6 Cambodian Psychedelic: trans-cultural rock band and Independent Rock Music School
  • 6–6:30 Cambodian dance troupe
  • 6:30–6:40 Young Chances Foundation: youth hip-hop 
  • 6:40–7:10 The Potential of South Philly’s Vacant Lots: a public discussion with East Passyunk Cross Civic Association, Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, 7th Street Civic Association and Liz Hersh (moderated by Miguel Robles-Durán)
  • 7:10–7:30 Closing ceremony with Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed
  • 7:30–8 DJ Rich Wexler spins 
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EXHIBITIONS 4-7PM
  • El Viaje de los Niños (The Children’s Journey) is an exhibition that tells the stories of Mexican immigrant children who have crossed the border to come to Philadelphia. Project by Puentes de Salud.
  • I Am Khmer, an exhibition that explores memory and identity in Cambodian American communities across the country. The project reconstructs family histories through civil war, genocide, and refugee resettlement. Project by Pete Pin in collaboration with the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia. On view at Preah Buddha Rangsey Temple (corner of 6th and Ritner). Guided tours on the hour at the Temple.
  • Taggart Elementary Schoolyard Project: The Trust for Public Land and design consultant TEND Landscape, present a proposed schoolyard at John H. Taggart Elementary.
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USEFUL KNOWLEDGE WORKSHOPS 5–7 p.m.
All workshops begin at the Useful Knowledge table

5–5:30PM
1. How to Create a Community Land Trust with Gabriela Rendon from Cohabitation Strategies
2. Yoga class with Adina Lieberman from Puentes de Salud
3. Keep the Neighborhood Clean with Trash Academy

5:30–6PM
4. Map Your Vision for an Ideal Neighborhood School, an interactive workshop with Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative
5. The Joy of Learning at El Futuro, a program with Gosia Sanchez from Mighty Writers
6. Growing Resilient Families: children's mental health services, becoming a foster family, and support for parents with Bethanna Community Umbrella Agency

6–6:30PM
7. Building Stronger Communities in Southeast Philadelphia with SEAMAAC
8. Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Ideas for (prize)fighting, purging and preventing bedbugs, head lice and cockroaches with Lisa Grainge from Snyder Avenue Congregational Church
9. Mifflin Square Park: Past & Present with Friends of Mifflin Square Park

6:30–7PM
10. Language Lab: make a postcard and learn a word in another language, an art workshop with Shira Walinsky from Southeast by Southeast
11. Weatherizing for Winter: learn how to install materials to keep your house warm this winter with United Communities Southeast Philadelphia
12. Eligibility & Services with Kamal Adhikari from PA Migrant Education
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    KIDS’ UNION 4–7 p.m.
    Join diverse activities at the Kids’ Union play area and soccer field
    • Obstacle courses, soccer goals, balls, hula hoops, drawings with sidewalk chalk by Friends of Mifflin Square
    • Video workshop with Messages in Motion by Laura Deutch
    • Face painting with Bethanna Community Umbrella Agency
    • Color Wheels by Fleisher Art Memorial
    • Soccer tournament with Snyder Avenue Congregational Church
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    Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge is a project of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program. For more info, email playgrounds@muralarts.org or call 215-685-0752

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