May 22, 2021 2:00pm 4:00pm
Staying Power – Creating a Visual History through Philly-Sound[s]
The Village
2544 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19133

From the sonic to the visual, few cities have captured and impacted America’s cultural imagination longer than Black Philadelphia. Creating a Visual History through Philly-sound[s] features the Ambassador of African-American Music, Dyana Williams, radio host, cultural historian, and Black music advocate; award winning actress Anna Maria Horsford who played the role of "Thelma" on the popular sit-com Amen set in Philadelphia; and musician and scholar, Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania will discuss the unique combination of creative, social, cultural, and political elements that create that beloved cocktail of Black creativity known as Philly-sound[s]. The panel will be moderated by Deborah Willis whose memories of growing up in North Philadelphia are shaped by a narrative of ‘staying power’ through listening to WDAS and WHAT while completing chores on Saturday morning, visiting the Uptown Theater, and attending church services on Sundays. 


"Creating a Visual History through Philly-Sound[s]" is a special program of Staying Power, an outdoor art exhibition and program series in the Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood of Philadelphia hosted by The Village of Arts and Humanities and curated with Monument Lab.

For on-site attendees: Please remember to wear a face mask and keep a 6-foot distance from other visitors to the exhibition.