Make Art, Grow Food Mural Dedication This Week. Join us!

Mural Dedication this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 11 am at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (rear).


Mural Design (c) Daisy Langston Juarez. Photo (c) Michael Albany.

What an amazing intergenerational collaboration between children at Henry Houston Elementary School and elders at Homelink making their own kind of special magic. All drawings in the mural are original and created solely by the participants. The teacher artists of the Mt. Airy Art Garage compiled the images.

Now we are ready to celebrate! Join us this Wed., Sept 9, @ 11 am in the rear garden of the Mt. Airy Art Garage. We’ll be joined by all the artists in the project, both young and old, plus a host of sponsors who made this project possible.  Earth, Bread, and Brewery will concoct some tasty garden treats for all to enjoy.

So, let’s celebrate and keep on dreaming!


The Mt. Airy Art Garage Launches A Campaign To Find A New Home

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We have something important to share with you—our members, fellow artists, friends, supporters, our Northwest Community. Our lease will expire August 31, 2016, and unexpectedly, we have not been granted the option to renew it.

This means that, as we look toward next year, the Mt. Airy Art Garage will need to find a new home. It’s a big challenge—one we have every intention of meeting, with your support.

Just in 2015 alone, we engaged in more socially engaged art projects and creative thinking than ever before—My Son Matters!, the Gender Weave Project with Moore College, Make Art Grow Food , and a host of events, concerts, classes and gallery exhibitions. 2016 will see a city-wide quilt and fiber show. There will be more music, more murals and rain barrels, and more community projects. And that’s just for starters.

So we will be launching a major campaign to help us find a new home and for paid staff. With your help and commitment, together, we can do this.

Please Mark Your Calendars and Join Us

·      Community & Member Meeting, Thursday, Aug. 20, 7 pm at MAAG. Next steps.

·      ArtBash, Sat., Sept. 19, 6 pm featuring James Dupree, Music with Dena Underwood

Here’s What You Can Do Right Now To Help

·      Join or renew your membership

·      Make a donation.

·      Come to the community meeting where we will layout projections and next steps.

Fundraisers? Marketing mavens, video artists, word noodlers, connectors? Strategic planners? Realty lawyers and realtors? Accountants? Admins? Architects? We need you all now. Lend us your skills.  Step up and volunteer. Let’s push ahead into this new phase together.

We know we can forge through this and move forward.

Linda Slodki, President and Cofounder





Word Play! The Swerve Returns With Poet Susan Windle

Saturday, Sept. 5, 7 pm, $5

swerve_fb_profileThe Swerve opens the fall season with poet extraordinaire Susan Windle returning to host the evening. On this Labor Day Saturday we’ll celebrate summer’s last gasps with Word Play!—your best poems, songs, short prose pieces, or anything new you want to try out on a warm and willing audience. Bring it on! A jazz back beat by Tank Keitt will become part of our verbal playground. Susan writes, “What a great way to create a spontaneous love song to summer, an invitation to the coming fall, or just to be together, turning, each of us, as the season turns.” 

Come as you are—to speak and listen. Or just to listen.  All good.Susan Windle





This Thing We Do
                   with homage to John Fox

When we listen deeply, each to each

you to me and I to you 


there is a bridge between us, stretched 

across a glistening gorge.


The bridge itself is lovely

a slender, swaying thing


lovely as the snaking river

lovely as the reaching rock.


You and I, a river and a bridge—

that’s what I mean by heaven. That’s


what I’ve been trying to say.

–Susan Windle

Time For African Drums & Dance At The Artist X-Change

Finally Friday, August 28, 6 pm.

Looks like we’re going to be drumming, dancing and sharing at our next Artist X-Change! Our newest resident studio artist, Stephanie Amma Young and Ishmael-El will engage you in West African drumming and dance to experience their expression in life.

Steph1Amma and Ishmael brings their love and passion for their cultural heritage through dance and drum wherever they go. maag_banner_art-x_v2Join us as we experience some expertly performed dance and drum that promotes the preservation of African dance and culture. It provides opportunities for lifelong learning and fortifies our communities with a sense of pride. Spreading “Peace, Love, and Respect for Everybody!”

It’s a night of building community and making connections. You’re even welcome to talk about your own projects. $5 donation.

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AMMA, Stephanie Young is a native of Philadelphia who celebrates the African-American experiences and contributions through her art. As a multi-disciplinary artist, Amma is elated with opportunities that will allow her to fuse her visual arts with music, song and dance.   

AMMA has studied and worked as a visual artist and dancer for more than 30 years. She also studied and taught silk screen printing and mural painting. She has studied and performed as a dancer, of Traditional West African Folkloric. Amma studied West African culture through spiritual and religious training and art disciplines. 

stephanieAMMA, as a performing artist,  has performed in concert performances at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, Philadelphia Art Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Smithsonian Institute, New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, Odunde Festival, African American Festivals, Welcome Americas, and other venues.

AMMA  received her BFA in Fine Art from the University of Art Philadelphia. When she is not creating paintings and dancing, she can be found designing costumes for Kulu Mele, Adowaa Praise Drum and other Dance companies teaching and sharing her creative gifts with youth in Public Schools.

AMMA is an award winning artist who is a recipient of 2014 Council of the Arts Apprenticeship Grants to study songs and culture of Mali West Africa; a three-time LeeWay Grant Award Recipient; 2010 Presidential House: Commemorative Untold Story Quilt and Exhibit at Independence Mall and African American Museum of Philadelphia, among a host of other awards.

Ishmael-El, Percussionist/Singer

Ishmael is a percussionist and performer with over 30 years experience. He has performed in many venues including The Locust, The Academy of Music, Kimmel, Wilma, Zellerbach, Painted Bride, African American Museum of Philadelphia, University of Penn, The Barnes, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Philadelphia Odunde Festival, and New York Street Festival. He has studied and performed abroad in the Caribbean Islands—Puerto Rico and St. Johns; West Africa— Nigeria Benin, Guinea Conakry, and Senegal Gori Island.   

He has also played for EZIBU Muntu African Dance and Culture Ensemble and Elegba Society in Virginia, and presently Little Africa Drum Ensemble specializing preserving Afro-Cuban Rumba, Troupe D.A.D.A., Adowaa Praise Drum and Dance Ministry of New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, and the premier Kulu Mele African American Drum and Dance Ensemble for 35 + years.


Turn Up The Heat! The Liberty City Kings Are Coming!

Saturday, August 22, 7:30 pm

logowebLiberty City Kings, aka LiCK, is Philly’s multi award-winning only queer drag and burlesque performance troupe. And they’re back in Mt. Airy to delight you with a full show! LiCK explores and… explodes the performance expectations of drag and burlesque. LiCK’s drag hotties will make you squirm, laugh, and sing along with their lowbrow humor, while their burlesque beauties captivate audiences with their fun, sexy, and downright raunchy shake-and-shimmy numbers proving that drag and burlesque doesn’t need to be high class to be fun! Plus, we hear that there’s going to be a tassle twirling contest during intermission…heather

Liberty City Kings are all about blending, bending, and blurring gender, politics, and satire with music, drag, burlesque, and good, old-fashioned, raunchy fun! You won’t want to miss this full show.

Doors open at 7:30 pm for general admission. $15 at the door.

See you at the show!




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We’re Launching The Artist X-Change


Finally Friday, July 31, 6 – 9 pm. 

We’re throwing a monthly event where you can meet other artists and hear about their work, talk to gallery owners, even learn about professional art services that you need to market yourself. We’re calling it the Artist X-Change! You just might meet some very cool people you may want to know better.

We’re inviting guest artists from galleries, artist cooperatives, studios, arts organizations, and more. This month, invited guests already include Charles Todd Woodworking, Mike and Janine Zaikowski from Profiles Studio, and others. Relax with live music. Share resources and ideas. Engage and make new connections. Socialize. Chill out and bring something to share, eat, and drink.

2014-02-09 12.41.39The Artist X-Change is a casual, relaxed time for exchanging ideas with other artists, learning something new, making connections, relaxing and just having a good time.

Finally Friday (last Friday of every month)

First X-Change Friday, July 31

6 – 9 pm

11 West Mt. Airy Ave. (19119)

$5 donation

For more information call 215.242.5074 or like us on Facebook or Twitter @MtAiryArtGarage.

Make Art, Grow Food Summer Exhibition Opens It’s Doors

Opening Reception Finally Friday, June 26 @ 6 pm. Admission Free. Exhibition runs Friday, June 26 — Sunday, Sept. 6

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© Gloria Klaiman

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© Nathalie Borozny

We’re flying high on the tails of the Make Art, Grow Food Project which is moving full steam ahead. We’re finishing off a mural filled with artwork created by elders at Homelink and kids at Houston School while the urban garden continues to thrive. So what better way to celebrate our luscious urban garden and a mural that is exploding with color and creativity than to toast the world that surrounds us.


© Lee Muslin

You’ll feast your eyes on an array of painting, photography, sculpture, found objects, and fiber. Participating artists include Meri Adelman, Poppy Rae Bass, Ellen Benson, Nathalie Borozny, Bill Brookover, Robert Finch, Bill Hanson, Shari Johnson, Gloria Klaiman, Judy Levy, May Lomax, Jay McClellan, Lee Muslin, Arleen Olshan, Patricia Smith, Vita Tew, Karoline Wallace, and Larry West. It’s a feast for the eyes and senses.


© Poppy Rae Bass

So, stop in to our gallery. Cool off, maybe even help with the mural. And, of course, enjoy the show!

The Swerve Returns!

Saturday, June 6th, 7-9 PM, $5

It’s our final Swerve for the season till September! (We’re taking off July and August.) Please join April Lynn James and Mary Ann Domanska as they host yet another fun Open Mic Poetry event here at the Mt. Airy Art Garage. Barone_Amy_COV (2) - TW background Amy BaroneOur special guest poet for the evening is Amy Barone, a native of Philadelphia.  She’s excited to share with us her new chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, which was published by Finishing Line Press where she is a finalist in their New Women’s Voices Competition. We are happy to have her join us and hope to hear from many other voices as well. Plus, it’s never a dull moment with Tank Keitt and guests doing live jazz backbeats as we appreciate the power of words and music.

More about Amy Barone:

Her poetry has appeared in CityLitRag, First Literary Review-East, Gradiva, Maintenant, Philadelphia Poets, and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, among others. Her first book is Views from the Driveway from Foothills Publishing. She spent five years in Milan as Italian correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily and Advertising Age. A board member of the Italian American Writers Association, she co-organizes and promotes their monthly readings in New York City. She belongs to PEN America Center and the brevitas online poetry community that celebrates the short poem. A native of Bryn Mawr, PA, Barone lives in New York City. 


My Son Matters! TALKBACK…A Plea From One Mother To Another

TALKBACK Friday, May 15, 6 pm, @ 11 W. Mt Airy Ave. $5 Donation. Everyone welcome.

Post Ferguson—My Son Matters! Post Baltimore—My Son Matters! 300 people at Denise Allen’s opening reception—My Son Matters!  Check out this video! The main question on everyone’s lips—when can we talk more about this? 


(c) Sheppard Williams


(c) Sheppard Williams

TALKBACK is our response. A roundtable discussion with Denise Allen and the mothers in the Exhibition. A safe space, amidst the most positive imagery. As Vashti Dubois says “It’s a chance to speak through motherhood to all mothers regardless of race or status.” A time to talk, to listen, to share, to understand. For all of us. Men, women, and children.


(c) Sheppard Williams

You won’t want to miss this. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring yourself. Why? Because My Son Matters!



Underground At Ron’s Goes Aboveground

Saturday, May 30, 7:30 pm. Your host? Why, Ron Kravitz, of course.

It’s a night of dance, improv, storytelling, music, and just good times. It’s a reunion performance of Playback Theatre — one you won’t want to miss. PLUS you’ll also get to  enjoy the award-winning Jenkintown Select Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Alyssa Davidson. She’ll be collaborating with percussionists Quint Lange, Ron Kravitz, Sam Torres,  and Steve Corsover.

PlaybackPlayback Theatre is an alternative theatre, a community forum, a place to explore the relationship between the personal and the political, between the individual and the collective. It’s an opportunity to hear and be heard, to recognize how we are similar and how we are different… to see our lives on stage. Playback Theatre will feature Bobbi Block, Eric Brunner, Dance Wareham, Jeanette Ponder, Kristen Bissinger, Ron Kravitz, Sarah Halley, and Tom Bissinger. 

The performance is spontaneous — it is theatre created through a unique collaboration between performers and audience weaving together spoken word, dance, music, storytelling, and physical theatre in an improvisational form that can be serious, deeply moving, and often hilarious. 

Youth ChoraleThe Jenkintown Select Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Alyssa Davidson, is comprised of students whose ages range from 13-16 who enjoy the choral experience and sharing their love of music with others singing both traditional and world music. The middle school vocalists will be performing at the Music-in-the-Parks Choral Adjudication in Hershey, Pa. The high school vocalists have just returned from Boston, Mass. where they participated in the Heritage Festival Adjudication, rating first in their division.

You won’t want to miss this event. $20 admission at the door, kids under 12 free. General seating.

Ron Kravitz was first introduced to the Djembe (West African Drum) by the late and great Nigerian master drummer, Babatunde Olatunji. Today Ron has amassed a collection of over 650 percussion instruments from around the world. It is here that he facilitates weekly Community Drum/Music/Vocal Improv gatherings, and in the basement he hosts Underground at Ron’s. Ron is a facilitator for the Music for People organization which is dedicated to teaching and facilitating the art of music improvisation. For the past 32 years, he has been percussionist for Philadelphia’s Group Motion Dance Improvisation Workshop and is the acting musician for two of Philadelphia’s Playback Theatre ensembles.

Alyssa Davidson is the Choral Director at Jenkintown Middle/High School.  She conducts the Vocal Experience, Concert Choir, the Honors Chorale, Just the Guys— Male Ensemble, and The BelleTones, the schools’ all female A Cappella choir. Ms. Davidson is the founder of Flutterbye Theater Company, a non-profit children’s theater company, housed at the Cheltenham Art Center.  Ms. Davidson has her BA in Fine Arts/Music and her Masters Degree in Multicultural Education, from Eastern University.