Neighborhoods

Elizabeth Waring

Elizabeth Waring – 4000 Powelton Avenue Elizabeth has been known to hug the trees she’s planted. And, as a volunteer for UC Green, she has planted hundreds of trees.  She is also a member of the UC Green Pruning Club. “That’s my therapy,” she says. “If I had a stressful day, I get to be […]

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 […]

New Video: Joshua’s Armor

  I met Joshua Miller at a block party on 54th St. in Philadelphia PA. Joshua was shy – turning me away when I asked to take his photograph and periodically tried to talk with him. But as the sun was setting, Joshua appeared on the street wearing a suit of armor, shimmering spray-paint gold. […]


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 […]

Andrea D. Carter

Fresh Strawberries at 100 N. Peach St. Andrea Carter’s regrets planting too late for strawberries last year. “There is nothing like the taste of a strawberry off the vine,” says Carter. Carter created a container garden in a vacant lot on N. Peach St. The lot was filthy. “I knew no one would want 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 […]


Audience and Actor

A folded table for a screen. Stones for a tripod. Extension cords for power. Our first street screening of Them That Do had a guerrilla feel to it. I am not sure what kind of impact these screenings will have, but it feels like a good place to start. Sharon Joy Shoatz-Mayazi, the block captain […]

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.


Back Into Action

Last summer I met Joshua Bryant Miller at the 54th Street block party. He was shy for most of the day. He wouldn’t let me photograph him until late in the afternoon when he emerged from his aunt’s house in body armor that he crafted out of aluminum cans. As you can see in this […]

Rebecca Metraux Canna

Rebecca Metraux Canna – 4600 Hazel Avenue They call themselves the Hazelnuts. And Rebecca Metraux Canna is their captain. Canna, soft-spoken with a friendly smile, took over as block captain four years ago. “I love to plan events. I love West Philly. I thought I could contribute.” The Hazelnuts love to party. They apply for […]

JoAnn Manuel

JoAnn Manuel – 5200 Pennsgrove Street Stoop culture is big on Pennsgrove. Climb the eleven steep steps up to JoAnn Manuel’s front porch, pass through a small iron balustrade gate at the top, look left and right, you will see through every one of her neighbors’ identical porches. Look across the street for an eye-level […]


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 […]

Lisa Barkley

Lisa Barkley – Haddington Homes – 55th Street & Vine Lisa Barkley shows me the view of her fruit tree orchard from the window of her bright yellow kitchen. “We have apple trees, pear trees, plum trees, cherry trees, peach, apricot and nectarine trees,” Barkley says. She sounds surprised by the bounty she helped create. […]

Angie Coghlan

Angie Coghlan – 4800 Springfield Avenue Coghlan has planted hundreds of trees in West Philadelphia and she wants to plant more. A retired nurse, Coghlan has been the block captain of 4800 Springfield Avenue for 32 years. During that time, she was also active in  Cedar Park Neighbors and in the revival of the Firehouse […]