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Crafting Community: Africa to America

  • The African American Museum in Philadelphia 701 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA, 19106 United States (map)

Crafting Community: Africa to America 
Saturday, October 27
9:30 a.m. Processional | 10 a.m. Celebration
Free & Open to the Public 

Building upon a recent trip to West Africa where she studied traditional Ghanaian pottery techniques, Yinka Orafidiya invited Black women in the Philadelphia area to join her in making clay vessels by hand. The pottery is produced in a communal fashion, allowing for multiple participants to contribute to the completion of a single vessel. Conceived out of contemplations on social identity and longings for sisterhood, CRAFTING COMMUNITY strives to celebrate and connect a diverse demographic of Black women through shared artistic experiences.

On Saturday, October 27, you’re invited to join Crafting Community for a community processional from Temple Contemporary to the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Led by Orafidiya, a group of black women potters and drummers, the 3-Mile Community Processional will bring the vessels made during the community workshop to AAMP for a free public celebration and conversation on this project. 

Guests of all backgrounds are invited to meet Crafting Community at Temple Contemporary (2001 N. 13th Street Philadelphia PA) at 9:30 am to participate in the processional. Doors at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (701 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA) will open at 10 am for the public celebration. 

This event is free and open to the public. Registration for the processional and public celebration at AAMP are encouraged. To volunteer to assist Crafting Community during the processional, please email yinka.orafidiya@gmail.com. 

Learn more at www.yinkaorafidiya.com/craftingcommunity.

Earlier Event: October 26
We Are Here : CraftNOW Philadelphia
Later Event: October 27
Talk: Roussel, Duchamp, Morton