Events/News

Windowishes Walkabout

Meet the artists who created the Windowishes displays on S. 40th St. You will be inspired! Friday, October 30th 4pm – 5:30pm 36 – 46 S. 40th Street (Between Chestnut and Ludlow Streets) Viva Street Art!

Renée McBride-Williams

Renée McBride-Williams – 5100 Webster St. I met Renée at the WPEB studio, with it’s windows facing 52nd Street. She remembers 52nd Street in it’s glory days, when it was called the Golden Strip. She remembers being drawn to the excitement around famous theaters like the Locust, the Nixon, the State, the Capital, the Belmont, […]

Free Portraits of Junior Block Captains

Them That Do (Lori Waselchuk) is a sponsor of the 2015 West/Southwest Philadelphia Block Captains Forum. I will set up a portrait booth to make portraits of junior block captains. Sorry, senior block captains, this is my effort to encourage young people to attend the event. I will also introduce upcoming creative projects, like the […]


Windowishes Street Exhibition

  Calling creative West Philadelphia block captains! I am looking for six block captains who would like to work with me to create storefront installations for Windowishes, a street exhibition designed for the seven storefront display windows on the west side of S. 40th Street, between Chestnut and Ludlow Streets in West Philadelphia. Windowishes will […]

Urban Creators Start Summer With “Hoodstock”

N. 15th St. & Susquehanna Ave. I highly recommend checking out Hoodstock out tomorrow in North Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Urban Creators are doing incredible work. There will be food, music and art. The Urban Creators will celebrate the grand opening of their new “Defend Our Future” community garden as well as the 10th Anniversary of […]

Rena Graves

94 and ‘Working, As Usual’ Deacon Rena Graves wants you to vote. If you live in her Germantown neighborhood, she may have called you to invite you to attend  the “All Candidates Forum” tonight at 6pm in the Wissahickon Charter School gymnasium. And if Graves convinced you to attend the event, she will greet you […]


Town Hall on Gender Justice and Mass Incarceration

  You’re invited on March 25 for the RELEASE Town Hall on Gender Justice and Mass Incarceration. “We invite people organizing to end mass incarceration, detention, and deportation. We invite people organizing to end violence against women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people. And we invite all those people whose lives demand that we organize to […]

Community Art – Everybody Wins

Today is the last day that Ci-Lines, the temporary installation created by Aaron Asis at St. Andrew’s Collegiate Chapel, will exist. It has been an incredible experience to work with the talented and visionary Mr. Asis, to spend time in the stunningly beautiful Chapel, to work the Penn Alexander 5th graders, and to welcome the […]

Seeing Between The Ci-Lines: St. Andrew’s Chapel Awakened With Art And Geometry | Hidden City Philadelphia

Seeing Between The Ci-Lines: St. Andrew’s Chapel Awakened With Art And Geometry | Hidden City Philadelphia.


New Work at Main Line Art Center

Two early successes from my Urban Farmers portrait series will be on exhibit at the Main Line Art Center. The opening reception is Friday, Jan. 16, 5:30 – 7:30. I’m sending a shout out to Don Shump, the Bee Beard Man,  and Jacob at the Philadelphia Bee Company and to all those lovely  Philadelphia Urban […]

Street Movies – Shared Stories

Thank you Scribe Video Center for organizing Street Movies! and screening Them That Do Films. The film about Lisa Barkley and the Haddington Homes gardens screened on Wednesday  in North Philly at another amazing urban garden built by the Philadelphia Urban Creators. Last night’s screening at Malcolm X Park was rained out by a beautiful, soaking […]

Light and Sound and the Moon

Photo by Mitch Borden Saturday’s screening at the 54th Street Memorial Garden provided a moment for all the volunteers, cooks, and kids who participated in the 3rd annual Neighborhood Foods Block Party, to relax. Lisa Barkley, who watched the video that featured her for the first time, covered her smiling cheeks with her hands and […]


Lisa Barkley: ‘More colors, more vitamins’

I’m proud to release the second video of the Them That Do film series featuring Lisa Barkley. I will screen the film Saturday night, August 9th (after sunset – 7:30) at the 3rd Annual Neighborhood Foods Block Party on the 500 block of North 54th Street in the Memorial Garden. Lisa Barkley will be there to […]

Free Outdoor Screenings for Them That Do Videos

You will have several chances to watch Them That Do films at outdoor screenings in Philadelphia. Tomorrow night, August 5th, the residents of the 60th Ward, 19th Division will celebrate National Night Out with music, activities and films. Tuesday, Aug 5th 6-9pm Host: Block captain, Sharon Joy Shoatz-Mayazi Location: 200 block of S. 58th St. […]

Block Captains Forum This Saturday

Block captains living in West and Southwest Philadelphia are invited to attend the 2014 Block Captains Forum this Saturday, August 2, at 5501 Cedar Avenue. It is hosted by the Partnership CDC. Contact Leon Robinson at 215-662-1612 Ext. 24 for more information.  


Happy Fourth!

I will be celebrating the Fourth of July with the good people of 500 Mayland Street in Germantown. Block captain, Vanessa Price plans a whopping annual block party. I’ll be posting pics on Instagram (themthatdo) and Twitter. Please let me know about your block party – I’d love to photograph it.

Demanding School Funding in 2-D!

Debra Kimmelman joined dozens of parents and students from at least five schools and converged at City Hall for a press conference and some rabble rousing in the City Council chambers. The participants brought life-sized paper cutout kids “to represent what classrooms could look like if the District is forced to make additional cuts,” according […]

Block Party Season Begins!

Please invite me to your block party. I would love to photograph it.


Video and Poetry @ Annual Block Captain Rally

Frank Sherlock, the new Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, and I will have a booth at the Annual Block Captain Rally Saturday, March 15th at the Convention Center. We will be looking for block captains to help us make a video poem about the city’s neighborhoods. If you are going to the rally, look for the […]

Leeway Foundation

I am so proud to be one of eight recipients of the 2013 Leeway Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation. The other recipients are:  Chaska Sofia (2013); Colette Fu (2013); Desi Burnette (2013); Joan Myers Brown (2013); Jos Duncan (2013); Susan DiPronio (2013); Yowei Shaw (2013). I  want to share this video of Yowei Shaw, […]

Dead Block!

Lisa Barkley, the latest featured block captain, told me about the game she played on Pearl Street: Dead Block (a.k.a. Deadbox; Skully). I have started to make a video about the game once played by kids all over Philadelphia. Does anyone have any photographs or videos of people playing that they’d like to share? I […]


Anita Harris is profiled on West Philly Local

Anita Harris‘ backyard is a quarter-acre farm. It is also in the heart of West Philadelphia. The Farm has three hothouses that grow amazing tomatoes as well as many long rows of fresh vegetables and herbs. The Farm is run through a partnership between local block captains (like Anita)  Neighborhood Foods and Urban Tree Connection […]

West Philly Local posts profile of Maureen Tate

The neighborhood blog, West Philly Local, posted the profile of Maureen Tate, the block captain of 4800 Florence Ave. Thank you Maureen for your thirty years of dedicated service to the Cedar Park neighborhood. Cheers!

Malcolm X Park – Photos from 2013 Easter egg hunt

    West Philly Local kicked off publishing a 10-part weekly portrait series from Them That Do yesterday. The blog featured Gregory Pac Cojulun of the 5000 block of Osage Avenue. Gregory has been instrumental in the revitalization of Malcolm X Park. Above is a slide show from an Easter Egg hunt at Malcolm X […]