I am so proud to announce that the book release event for the Cultural Fabric of Philadelphia immigrant community photo book has now been set:
September 20, 2018
City of Philadelphia, Mayor’s Reception Room, 2nd Floor of City Hall
We’re anticipating the Mayor to attend and give remarks, but that schedule has not been set as of today.
The book release event and presentation on the 2nd Floor will then be followed by……
A Gallery Opening event showcasing photos from the book, with refreshments, at the City Hall Gallery, Room 116, Ground Floor, that is being sponsored by the City of Philadelphia Department of Arts and Culture.
I want to invite everyone to join me for this important event in my photographic career and I want to thank every one of you who has helped me along the way, especially the six immigrant communities that are showcased in this Volume I of The Cultural Fabric of Philadelphia immigrant community photo book program.
In all of my Cultural Fabric immigrant community work, what I’ve found to be one of the most impressive and pervasive characteristic of Philly’s immigrants is their work ethic. This oftentimes goes with an equally impressive (and pervasive) professional and entrepreneurial drive.
This was on full display last week when I photographed Alex Luong, a pharmacist who came to this country recently with very little but who has now achieved great professional and business success.
His pharmacy at 8th and Washington Avenue is new, bright, and busy. And he is planning to add other health care services to the location to increase the support services for his customers.
Many (most?) of these customers are Asians from the surrounding neighborhood, along with many other Philadelphian’s who need pharmacy services.
Here’s some shots of Mr. Luong and his employees busily serving customers, but taking just a little time to let me see inside this important side of the Vietnamese community in Philadelphia.
I would like to give a shout-out for one of the best immigrant support agencies that I’ve gotten to know in my long Immigrant Community photo book project…..the Starfinder Foundation. They are in Manayunk and they have a full-sized indoor soccer field, right on Main St…..east end.
Their mission is to help under-served kids succeed…..through soccer. They have after school soccer, weekend soccer and events and tournaments. And all that is nice.
But their real success in in their mentoring and instilling confidence and leadership skills in kids that don’t get a lot of that at home or school.
I’ve seen it with my own eyes and it works. Please think about them as one of the best immigrant support organizations around, which they are.
Here I shot at a Multicultural event where there was, I think, over a dozen immigrant communities represented. And listen to this. The kids were asked to bring a dish from their culture to the event. So other kids (and yours truly) could get to taste a dozen different cuisines…..at one time in one place.
Oh yes, and there was also soccer.
Heidi Warren, Director
and my best friend (and fellow Pollock) Kathy Stepkowicz. If you want to really get to know Port Richmond, here’s your guide!!
Also, please don’t forget our Kickstarter for the Cultural Fabric of Philadelphia photo book. Here’s the link…