Michelle Angela Ortiz, 2020 NFA Catalyst for Change Grantee

Michelle Angela Ortiz

  • Arts Education
  • Philadelphia, PA
Our Market

Our Market is a community-centered, multi-layered, multi-year, public art project that focuses on supporting the vendors, business owners, and neighbors that work and reside in the 9th Street Market. The Market is one of the nation’s oldest and largest working outdoor markets located in South Philadelphia. In its initial phase, artist Michelle Angela Ortiz will organize a group of community collaborators representing the makeup of the Market, her home for over 40 years. Community stories will be drawn and digitized on a trans-generational timeline that maps communities’ layered histories. These stories will build the foundation of the creative community strategies set to tackle the issues of gentrification, racism, displacement, and erasure present in the Market.