Neighborhood Forum: Bridging Understanding Across Cultures Event

Posted On:
27 November, 2016
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#tabadulPHL at Northeast High School
#TabadulPHL at Northeast High School

Al-Bustan is pleased to host the first Neighborhood Forum on Culture of the Tabadul: Cross-Cultural Exchange through the Arts project.  We invite participants to express themselves and gain appreciation, respect, and understanding of culture and identity within and across neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

Date: Friday December 9, 2016

Time: 4 – 6 PM

Location: Academy of Palumbo at 1100 Catharine St in South Philadelphia

Expect a fun afternoon bringing youth and adults together for interactive student presentations of poetry, music, and photography, along with collective poetry led by renowned Philly poet Jacob Winterstein.

Bring a food dish reflective of your heritage/culture to add to the sampling of cultural foods that will be provided.

Free and Open to the Public – RSVP


What is a Neighborhood Forum?

SHARE + ENGAGE:  Over the span of the academic  year, NEHS students will host or be hosted by a school in another neighborhood to jointly share their artwork. The forums will provide opportunities for collective art-making dialogue sessions on culture with audience participation. NEHS students will present the art they have produced in Dr. Jay Fluellen’s class with the Al-Bustan teaching artists Jacob Winterstein (poetry/spoken word), Hafez Kotain (percussion), and Dave Tavani (photography).


One of the goals of #TabadulPHL is for individuals to take ownership of and share how their culture and identity is represented. The neighborhood forums aim to build bridges between youth across neighborhoods to strengthen cohesiveness across the Philadelphia community by uncovering commonalities and appreciating how difference can be complementary rather than adversarial.

A BIG thank you to the following food establishments for supporting this event: Al-Zaytouna RestaurantQuetzally, Blue Corn, Samsom Kabob House, Las Lomas Bakery at the Italian Market, Talluto’s Restaurant, and Taffets Bakery. 

Are you a local restaurant that wants to support this great cultural event at your local neighborhood school – Academy of Palumbo – then reach out to us! We continue to seek your support to expose students to an array of foods that reflect the diversity of South Philadelphia.
Thanks to our funders who have made this year-long program possible:

Upcoming Forums:

Germantown Friends School in Germantown: March 3, 2017

USchool in Kensington: May 5, 2017

Northeast High School in Northeast Philly: June 9, 2017