The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia

The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia
Neighborhood Photography by Children of Fairhill and West Kensington
On View at the Penn Museum December 10 through May 2010

DECEMBER 2009—Since 2000, more than 800 children from the Fairhill and West Kensington neighborhoods of North Philadelphia have participated in a unique community-based after school and summer arts program run by Centro Nueva Creacion: The Goodlands®.

Beginning December 10, 2009, the Penn Museum presents The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia, a selection of more than 40 color photographs of people and places in the community, taken between 2000 and 2009 by neighborhood children aged 5 to 13.  The photography exhibition, on view in the Museum's Kress gallery-the primary entrance for the 35,000 plus schoolchildren who annually visit the Museum-runs through May 2010.

According to Angela Jubinville, Acting Executive Director, Centro Nueva Creacion, the Goodlands® program name was conceived to counter a negative, and damaging, stereotype.  North Philadelphia has been stigmatized for years as the "Badlands"-a region ridden by drugs, crime, and poverty. The Goodlands was created to counter these perceptions, as well as inspire hope and build artistic talent in young people.

Over the years, hundreds of children in the Goodlands have worked with professional photographers to learn about the art.  Their photographs have been displayed around Philadelphia at numerous sites, including galleries, coffee shops, and community centers.

Pink Sunglasses by Vanessa, Age 9The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field and adjacent to SEPTA's University City Regional Rail station serving the R1, R2, and R3 lines). Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, Penncard holders, and children 5 and younger; "pay-what-you-want" after   3:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and after 4:00 pm Sunday. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call (215) 898-4000.


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