The Village of arts and humanities is a non-profit organization in North Philadelphia that caters to urban youth in the surrounding area. It began in 1986 where local artist planned to transform an abandon lot to a clean park, assisted by youth in the area, the park was a success and from that it began to expand and evolve into the Village of today. The organization runs an afterschool program that has a numerous amount of specific areas of interest for their participants, offering video production, gardening, hip-hop dance, and fashion design. In addition, new programs such as technology labs, weekend animation and film classes are available. The Village of Arts and Humanities mission is to “support the voices and aspirations of the community through providing opportunities for self-expression rooted in art and culture.” The Village’s goals are to uplift the community and allow the youth to become involved with their community while learning skills to help them succeed in life. The Village creates a very comfortable atmosphere for whoever enters or wants to participate. Volunteers are always welcome and are looked upon as a great chance to give back to the community.
Most participants in the program get training in areas of their interest. However, there is a yearly video production that is produced by one of the classes that is held in high regard. The work of the Village is spread around North Philadelphia with multiple murals and parks. Surrounding the founding location of the first park were dozens of abandon homes some burnt, others simply deteriorated. A few years ago the participants of the program began to rehabilitate the old homes and used them as locations for the program to expand. The renovated homes were all painted and decorated in art from murals to glass art accompanied by surrounding sculptures. Looking at some of the work created by the youth I can see that there is great guidance between the students and teachers when developing their projects.