We Hope This Message Is Getting Through

Produced by: 
Kensington Action Now, Kensington Area Revitalization Project (KAN-KARP)
Year: 
1991
Duration: 
00:16:00

Individual Film Price:

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $49.95
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $49.95
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00

 


Community Visions Compilation Price:

This video is available for purchase as part of a Community Visions Vol.1 compilation DVD.

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00

 

 


Scribe Video Center Program:

The Community Visions program teaches documentary video-making skills to members of community organizations in Philadelphia, Chester and Camden (NJ). A powerful way to document community concerns, celebrate cultural diversity, and comment on the human condition, Community Visions is a part of Scribe’s mission to explore, develop and advance the use of video, film, audio and interactive technology as artistic tools and as tools for progressive social change.

 


Project Facilitator: Gretjen Clausing

 


Film Summary:

When over 35 playgrounds closed in the Kensington area of North Philadelphia, local teens, seniors, and other adults mobilized to give neighborhood youths recreational opportunities that went beyond playing jacks or stickball. Eager to reintroduce more wholesome youth activities like soccer and skating parties to the local landscape, Kensington Action Now (KAN) teamed up with exuberant -- and rapping! -- neighborhood teens and worried adults to produce this video documenting its two-year struggle to increase city funding for year-round public recreational facilities and programs.

Kensington Action Now (KAN) began in 1975 with a meeting of concerned community leaders from the Kensington area of North Philadelphia. This coalition of civic, church and business groups has been concerned with and worked on general conditions in their neighborhood. Their work on housing problems led to the incorporation of the Kensington Area Revitalization Project (KARP) in May 1980. Today KARP works on the acquisition, renovation and sale of abandoned properties.

 


Press: 
February 8, 1993 | "Expressing Themselves," by Ann Kolson, The Philadelphia Inquirer

 


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