Kinfolk Brings National Tour to Philadelphia: Black and Brown Narratives

Kinfolk Brings National Tour to Philadelphia

Kinfolk Brings National Tour to Philadelphia

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Black and Brown NarrativesPhiladelphia, PA – Kinfolk, the digital platform with a mission to bring Black and Brown narratives to the forefront through immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences, is bringing its lauded tour to Philadelphia.

As part of the tour, Kinfolk works with four local artists to create and develop AR monuments dedicated to Philadelphia's history, arts, community and cultural organizing. The monuments will be unveiled at City Hall with a special event before being geolocated in four vital neighborhoods: Norris Square, Yorktown, Chinatown and West Philadelphia.

The artists leading creative direction for the respective neighborhood monuments include Betsy Casañas for Grupo Motivos Monument in Norris Square; Black Quantum Futurism for Leon Sullivan [Black Space Agency] Monument in Yorktown; Colette Fu for Philly Chinatown [No Arena Movement] Monument in Chinatown; and Betty Leacraft for McCoy Tyner Monument in West Philadelphia.

Marangeli Mejia-Rabell has been Kinfolk’s Anchor Partner in developing the #KinfolkPhilly strategy. Mejia-Rabell has overseen the selection of artists and the organizing and convening of a steering committee of practitioners whose expertise has supported outreach strategies and the development and dissemination of a community survey aligned with Kinfolk's core values. Engagement between practitioners and residents is a key component of Kinfolk’s approach to this work. Practitioners include Ani Gavino, Anula Shetty, Dave Kyu, Heather Raquel Li Sumpter Linda Fernandez Rob Buscher Sannii Crespina-flores Sofiya Ballin.

To accompany each monument, a collection of materials, including community toolkits and curriculum development efforts, have also been collaboratively produced as part of Kinfolk's commitment to putting its core values into practice. To further celebrate the arrival of Kinfolk’s tour in Philadelphia, the platform is organizing a community celebration in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs on October 28th 2023 at City Hall courtyard. Monuments will be accessible via the free Kinfolk app available on Apple and Google stores.

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