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December 31, 2015

'Elephants on the Avenue' workshops begin in Germantown

They will examine race, class and community through art

Starting in 2016, historic Germantown will examine race, class and community through a series of free workshops titled "Elephants on the Avenue." The series will use art, engagement and history to explore the themes. In the artist-led workshops, research by leading historians in the fields will be used for each activity.

On Saturday, Jan. 9, Ife Nii Owoo, a visual collage artist and graphic designer who lives in Germantown, and Abigail Perkiss, assistant professor of history at Kean University, will host an event in the series at La Salle University Art Museum. Attendees will be creating personal tunnel books. 

The books are read through a peekhole in the cover. Images on each page work together to form a three-dimensional scene inside the book that helps to tell a story.

While creating tunnel books, guests will explore the history of Germantown's most famous mansions and institutions. The discussion will center on how historical narratives tend to highlight the Eurocentric perspective and the lives of the rich and famous but overlook the lives of those in servitude.

Guests are welcome to bring any photographs or artifacts they wish to use in their personal tunnel-book memoirs.

Behind Closed Doors: Hidden Stories and Truths

Saturday, Jan. 9
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Free
La Salle University Art Museum, Olney Hall
(215) 844-1683