A community day of healing and restoration in North Philly.
What a Year: A Family Day of Healing brought reflection, tools, and celebration directly to North Philadelphia, a neighborhood on the City’s increasingly violent frontlines as it recovers from the pandemic.
More than 200 people attended the community event on June 26, 2021 at the Panati Recreation Center. The event featured healing-centered workshops that encouraged residents to reflect on their experience living through a historic pandemic and provided tools for personal and collective resilience and recovery. Workshops on violence de-escalation, nutrition, and physical fitness for all ages were also included.
The event was spearheaded by Nia Eubanks-Dixon, Germantown resident and Founder of Creative Praxis. Featured guests included Congressman Dwight Evans and live performances by the Reckless Kickz dancers, children’s musical children’s musical artist Groovy Nate, poet Ruja Ballard, and hip hop artist Who I Am of Society Park.
“Thank you so much! I needed this and so did my children,” said one attendee. “I wish there were more spaces like this in Philadelphia where we could come together for the purpose of healing and fun. There was something for everyone.”
Special thanks to over a dozen volunteers and numerous organizations that helped make this event a reality: Allegheny West Foundation, Blues Babes Foundation, Duafe Holistic Hair Care, Art Love Charity, Tree House Books, Trauma Free University, Ladipo Group, Mount Airy Groceries, and Standby Stages and Supply.
About Creative Praxis: CP crafts innovative art-based, healing-centered trainings for youth, their leaders, and community members. The CP curriculum follows six humanistic approaches that encourage liberation-based education learning and achievement creativepraxis.org
All pictures in this post courtesy of Larry Dixon Photography.