Throughout 2020 – COSACOSA's 30th anniversary year – we're documenting stories of individual and community self-determination in 30 Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Working across generational, cultural, and political divides, our Past Forward project is developing new ways to foster civil civic dialogues. The project is creates new opportunities for our constituents to reframe their own stories by sharing in the stories of others, citywide.

Neighborhood images and interviews on community history, culture, and change – collected and told from multiple perspectives by city residents in collaboration with COSACOSA artists – form the basis for new public artworks created as part of the project.

COSACOSA Workshop Programs 2020
Please call or email for specific dates and times to volunteer!

Art & Civic Engagement
Past Forward workshops in 30 city neighborhoods, ongoing
Serving Justice - On the Table Veteran-led community conversations, January-June

Art & Health
North Philadelphia Healing and Unity Gardens seasonal Art & Health events, ongoing
Workshops at local pediatric healthcare centers, ongoing

Art & Education
Garden of Learning
painting and literacy project at McClure School in North Philly, January-March
POSTPONED
Arcs of Community sculpture and civics project at Kirkbride School in South Philly

Art & Youth Development
Serving Justice audio design at our Manayunk studio,
January-February
Change in the Making book design at our Manayunk studio,
July-August
Relativity story CD project at our Manayunk studio,
July-August
Past Forward photo online exhibit design at our Manayunk studio,
September-December
COSACOSA Past Forward Public Events and Exhibitions 2020
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Wednesday, January 22, 11:30 to 1 p.m. -
Voices of Service and Honor at the VA Medical Center -
celebration, exhibition, and discussion of Veterans' Serving Justice artwork and poetry

Tuesday, February 25, 10 to 11:30 a.m. -
Past Foward open studio North Philly's McClure School -
an intercultural, intercommunity celebration of new public art for Philadelphia schools

CANCELLED Tuesday, March 24, 3 to 5 p.m. -
Spring Forward North Philly Gardens seasonal openings -
family-friendly spring cleaning, planting, and art-making in our Healing and Unity Gardens


CANCELLED Friday, April 3, 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Garden of Learning mural unveiling at North Philly's McClure School - an intercultural, intercommunity celebration of new public art for Philadelphia schools

CANCELLED Friday, May 1, 2 to 4 p.m. -
Arcs of Community sculpture unveiling at South Philly's Kirkbride School - an intercultural, intercommunity celebration of new public art for Philadelphia schools

CANCELLED Sunday, June 21, 2 to 4 p.m. -
Relativity album launch at the COSACOSA workshop -
original songs, poems, and interviews from neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia

Tuesday, September 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Serving Justice open studio at the VA Medical Center -
community resource and writing workshop series overview presentation

Friday, October 30, 5:00 p.m. -
Changing Faces family-friendly mask-making and autumn masquerade at the 11th Street Playground in North Philly's Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood

Tuesday, November 17, 5 to 7 p.m. - Past Forward - Words of Wisdom harvest celebration and end of season reclamation in our North Philadelphia Healing & Unity Gardens, followed by a community meal

Friday, December 18, 7 p.m. -
Past Forward performance event at the COSACOSA workshop -
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