Shira Walinsky and Southeast by Southeast, Free Speech

Shira Walinsky and Southeast by Southeast artists


Free Speech(2017) 

Vinyl-wrapped kiosk, postcards, T-shirts, books, community zines, videos, maps, audio, and other materials



Collaborators: Melissa Fogg (Co-Founder and Programming)

Youth: Bwe Ku, Than Than Nain, Ermyas Sereke, Khin Aye, Pau San Lian, Mnar Shay, Liliana Velasquez, and students at Northeast High School

Teachers: Tiffany Lorch, Amanda Feigel, Diego Bedoya, and Gena Bernal 

Artists/Writers: Naw Doh, Tika Bhandari, Thagi Bastola, Lisa Butler Grainge, James Onorfrio, Rorng Sorn, Hitomi Yoshida, Phila Italiana, Leona Pongparnsana, Fariha Khan, Mark Lyons, Sanctuary Poets, Indah Nuritasari, Sinta Penyami, Randy Duque, Jessica Whitelaw, Fernando Chang-Muy, Boone Nguyen, Brae Howard, Senpai, and Kohai

Project Manager: Jessica Lewis-Turner

Partners: City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Friends of Marconi Plaza, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Furness High School, Northeast High School, and Migrant Education. Free Speech was presented as a part of Monument Lab: Philadelphia (Citywide Exhibition, 2017).

Major support for Monument Lab 2017 projects staged in Philadelphia’s five squares provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. An expanded artist roster and projects at additional neighborhood sites made possible by the William Penn Foundation. Generous additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Full list of exhibition sponsors.