Community Development students get to know South Philly a little better
Students in the Community-based Organizations course taught by Assistant Professor Jeff Doshna can now say they know a bit more about the ins and outs of some parts of South Philadelphia. On September 9th, 2015, the class was led on a walking tour of the Bella Vista, Hawthorne, and Queen Village neighborhoods by classmate and graduate student Michelle Atherton (MCRP ’16), a resident and community activist of the area. The class got a lesson in the complex history of development in the area, and enjoyed watching the various activities taking place despite the high temperatures in Hawthorne Park the evening of the tour, which ended at the plaza at the intersection of Bainbridge and Passyunk.
The following week, the class met with Shira Walinsky of Southeast by Southeast, a joint-venture project of the Mural Arts Program, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, the Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative, and the Hummingbird Foundation. The organization is part of a collaborative art project trying to help ease the transition for Burmese and Bhutanese refugees and offer creative opportunities to work through their experiences of displacement, conflict, and loss. The class met at the storefront location near 7th and Dudley Street where they were given a chance to see some of the refugee’s stories up close and learn more about the mission of this community based organization. The visit to the site was followed up by a walking tour of several of the areas Mural Arts Projects.