You’re invited to explore a neighborhood rich in cultural treasures: Eastern North Philadelphia! Located at the crossroads of several historic Latinx communities, Eastern North is home to key sites and moments in our city’s ongoing legacy of art and activism. Designed in partnership with neighborhood leaders, these tours offer visitors and residents alike the chance to enjoy local food, music, art and history; hear stories from community members; and support cultural preservation for years to come.
Join us for a showcase of community storytelling based on the Experiences of Eastern North Philadelphia residents on Saturday, July 31st 7-9pm.
For the past few weeks, neighbors have undergone a storytelling skill-building series to elevate neighborhood voices and prepare them to lead local tours that shine a spotlight on the rich arts and culture of their community. As a culminating celebration, participants will be sharing their stories on a live event via Zoom and Facebook. Please join us to bear witness to this special project!
The event will include a Q&A with the director and participants!
Jose Vinales, Reverie
“I am a Puerto Rican Philly native. Bachatero at heart but I love learning and teaching all forms of latin dance. In addition to dance, I enjoy writing, community organizing and youth empowerment. My hope is to help make this world a better place for generations to come.”
Dominic Moret, The Rhythm of the Block
“Community is listening to others.
My block is original.”
Tyiem Beckett, My Day My Ballers
“My block is loud and always having a party. My community is family.”
Andrea Spruill, My Block The Good The Bad
“I am me, chilled, straight forward and about my money. I am a multimedia business owner yet have more jobs than fingers. I claim all of philly I have lived in every part. Therefore, I am Philly.”
Marina Dominguez Cifuentes, Rompiendo el Silencio. Breaking The Silence
“Community is a place of belonging and support. My block has personality and character, my block is kind and cares.”
Cinovia Williams, Neighborhood Changing
“Community is unity, love, respect and friendships.”
Barbara Lewis, Memories of My Elementary School
“I am a Philadelphian born and raised. Educated in the public school system and attended college locally at Temple University in North Philly. I majored in Child Development and Human Services has been added to my many other endeavors under the umbrella of human resources to help build a more friendly user lifestyle.”
What makes us different?
- Community members build our tours. Our tours are designed in partnership and guided by neighborhood residents themselves. This approach offers guests a unique window into the lived history of the community.
- Experiential. You can’t experience our community from seated inside a bus. Our tours are 2 to 3 hours long and bring you into the life of the neighborhood, including activities such as eating at a local restaurant, creating art in a community garden, participating in a neighborhood service project, or connecting to existing programs.
- Designed for ethical tourism. Our tours begin when residents and local organizations sit down together and create common goals that support the health of the community. They work together to achieve these goals by bringing the tours to life.
When you take one of these tours, you are supporting:
- Local hiring and economic development. Proceeds from the tours go to local restaurants, local tour guides, and participating organizations.
- The preservation of cultural assets. Cultural assets are not just physical structures and places; they are people, histories, and initiatives. Your dollars directly support the people and initiatives that create culture in the neighborhood.
- Building of relationships between new and established residents. If you’ve just moved into the area, this is a great way to get to know your neighbors and invest in existing small businesses and organizations.
Who We Are
We are residents and local organizations from the Eastern North Philadelphia community. We co-created this tour program to amplify our neighborhood’s arts, culture and history and spark dialogue with neighborhoods and visitors.