Throughout 2021, our Hand Over Fist project is sharing testimonies of struggle and survival – of means and ends and making ends meet, of protest and perseverance.

Disparate stories, told by city residents and local artists, take shape in new neighborhood-based public artworks. Hand Over Fist highlights mutual aid and civic participation as the foundations upon which communities of care are built.

Check out our work online, at our Manayunk studio, and around the city as we share art and ideas to how to make it better!

COSACOSA Workshop Programs 2021
Please call or email for specific dates and times to volunteer!

Art & Civic Engagement
Hand Over Fist singer-songwriter commissions for our Call album project, ongoing
Past Forward archival project, digitizing 30 years of COSACOSA initiatives, ongoing

Art & Health
Communities of Care family-friendly workshops with the Nicetown-Tioga Improvement Team, March-June
Healing and Unity Gardens seasonal Art & Health events, ongoing
Workshops at local pediatric healthcare centers, ongoing

Art & Education
Arcs of Community photography project at Kirkbride School in South Philly, March-June
Reflections of Community photography project at McClure School in North Philly, March-June
Garden of Learning
painting and literacy mural at McClure School in North Philly, May-June

Art & Youth Development
Community Visions
photography project with North Philly youth, March-December
Serving Justice Veteran-led audio design at our Manayunk studio, April-May
publication design at our Manayunk studio,
ongoing
COSACOSA Hand Over Fist Public Events and Exhibitions 2021
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Monday, April 19, 10 a.m. -
Reflections of Community youth photography and creative writing project launch
at North Philly's McClure School


Monday, May 31, 12 noon - Serving Justice online album release from the COSACOSA workshop in Manayunk - Veteran-led community conversations and original writing projects

Friday, June 11, 12 to 1 p.m. -
Arcs of Community photography exhibit/publication distribution at South Philly's Kirkbride School - an intercommunity celebration of new public art for Philadelphia schools

Monday, June 21, 12 to 1 p.m. -
Garden of Learning mural unveiling at North Philly's McClure School - an intercommunity celebration of new public art for Philadelphia schools

Tuesday, September 21, 4 to 6 p.m. - Reflections of Community family-friendly art-making and planting at our Healing Garden in North Philadelphia

Friday, October 29, 4 to 6:00 p.m. -
Changing Faces family-friendly mask-making and autumn masquerade at the 11th Street Playground in North Philadelphia

Tuesday, November 16, 5 to 7 p.m. - Hand Over Fist harvest celebration and end of season reclamation in our North Philadelphia Healing & Unity Gardens, followed by a community meal

Friday, December 17, 7 p.m. -
Hand Over Fist performance event at the COSACOSA workshop in Manayunk - a community benefit and review of our 30 year anniversary project


Images from top: Healing, Hope, and Unity poem at COSACOSA's North Philadelphia Healing Garden, Youth Council community interviews, Healing Art Project mosaic-making, Peace Corner photograph by COSACOSA youth