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The Mighty Mighty Norris: Art, Life and History at Philly’s Norris Homes

  • Pilot Projects 1719 North 5th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19122 United States (map)

October 22 - November 17, 2017

Opening Reception October 22, 5pm-8pm  

Additional events TBA


“We are the Norris, the mighty mighty Norris

Everywhere we go, people want to know who we are. 

So we tell them: Oo! Ah! Oo-oo-oo ah!

We are the Norris.“

-Dunbar Elementary kids’ daily chant walking to the Norris Homes After-School Program  


Pilot+Projects is pleased to announce The Mighty Mighty Norris, an exhibition celebrating the past, present and future of Norris Homes and many of its residents. The exhibition features photo, video and art-based projects by Norris residents as well as many artist collaborators.  

Built in 1952 between Berks and Diamond, and Marvine and 10th Streets, all of the homes will soon be razed and replaced by new housing. Norris residents are currently in the process of relocating while construction occurs. Some will choose to stay in their relocation home, but for those who want to come back to their current neighborhood, they are guaranteed a right to return.  

During the course of the show, a special event (date TBA) will debut a new collaborative video project addressing gun safety by Nakia Short, Norris After School and Summer Camp kids, Jennie Shanker and the Temple University Police. The video includes instructions for properly installing gun locks, eliminating the usual need for a police officer to oversee their distribution. The Temple Police have contributed 100 free locks that will be given away at the event.  


The exhibit features work and projects by current and former Norris residents, including Nakia Short, Donna Richardson, Cinovia Williams, Dewey Denby, Kelly Seabron, Norris After-School and Summer Camp program participants, Building 4 Community youth, and artist collaborators Andrew Jimenez, Jebney Lewis and Jennie Shanker. 

Earlier Event: October 22
Autumn Salon Artist Reception
Later Event: October 23
Artist Town Hall