Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial and Scribe Video Center
This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History compilation DVD.
The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial is the oldest and largest tuition-free community-based arts school in the nation. Present and former students collaborated to create a documentary about the importance of art making.
Tashuana Bagby, Ron Blye-Coleman, Alexis Cummings, Rebecca Ebner, James Shelton, Daimen Squire, Tenneh Vincent.
With the Iraq War in its fourth year, eight Philadelphia high school students explore the impact of war and military recruitment on youth. The documentary skillfully weaves together archive footage and interviews with veterans, academics, recruitment officers, activists and young people who have enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Mothers in Charge and The Arts and Spirituality Center
This video is available for purchase as part of a Community Visions compilation DVD.
Mothers in Charge is a determined group of women who are taking a stand against neighborhood violence. They are the family members of loved ones—mostly sons, fathers, or brothers—who became unwitting victims of Philadelphia’s deadly patterns of violent crime. The group was founded in 2003 by Dorothy Johnson-Speight after the murder of her 24 year old son. Grieving but courageous, members of Mothers in Charge conduct violence prevention, grief counseling, community outreach and education projects in an effort to support neighborhood safety and non-violent conflict resolution.
The Freire Charter School
This video is available for purchase as part of the Community Visions compilation DVD
Named for the Brazilian educational philosopher, Freire Charter School is an innovative, college-preparatory high school in Center City Philadelphia. The school is known for academic excellence and its distinctly Freirian emphasis on individual freedom, critical thinking, and experiential learning. Programs such as the PEACE Project provide students with individualized, self-designed curriculums. But in Freire Charter’s seventh year, some PEACE students realized that few at Freire knew much about the school’s namesake. Who is Paulo Freire?
Heart of Camden with Scribe Video Center
This video is available for purchase as part of the Precious Places Community History Project Vol. 3 compilation DVD.
South Camden may not normally evoke images of verdant foliage and bountiful vegetable gardens. With an assortment of industries, an incinerator, a sewage treatment plant, and toxic areas including two federal Superfund sites, the neighborhood is severely affected by pollution. Respiratory and other health ailments are widespread, and neighborhood groups have decried the environmental racism that has rendered their very air a dire health hazard.