This summer, our community used art to revive a local basketball court — and spark civic power.
When the Philadelphia 76ers offered to renovate our neighborhood basketball courts last year, we knew the courts needed more than resurfacing. They needed a revival of the community cohesion and power that got the courts built in the first place.
With the support of the 76ers, LISC and The City of Philadelphia, we teamed up with neighborhood coaches, players, leaders and artists to share the courts’ past and reclaim their future.
The result was Home Court: The Hartranft Basketball Court Revival, a 2500 sq. foot multimedia exhibit created by neighbors in collaboration with photographer Shawn Theodore, hip hop collective Ill Doots and composer Mike McDermott, The exhibit welcomed visitors from all over the city and sparked renewed and sustained community organizing efforts at the court — including its first official summer basketball league in years.
If you missed the exhibit in person, don’t worry: you can read the full story and enjoy the exhibit online.
Visit homecourt.villagearts.org for the full digital exhibit.