Andrea “Philly” Walls is a multidisciplinary artist, informed and inspired by the writers and visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movement. She is pleased that her writing, scholarship, and visual art have been supported by organizations she admires, including the Leeway Foundation, VONA/Voices Workshops for Writers of Color; Black Public Media/MIT Open Documentary Lab, Hedgebrook Residencies for Women Authoring Change; The Colored Girls Museum; Writers Room at Drexel University; The Studio Museum of Harlem; The Women’s Mobile Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary; Mural Arts Philadelphia; and FabYouth Philly. In addition to The Museum of Black Joy, Andrea is the creator and curator of The D’Archive.com and the author of the poetry chapbook, Ultraviolet Catastrophe (Thread Makes Blanket Press) and the digital web collection, TheBlackBodyCurve.com.
Andrea encourages you to use her bio as a map to make connections with organizations that make a daily commitment to uplift work and workers who emerge from diverse origin stories
While at OpenDocLab, Andrea is working on The Museum of Black Joy, an interactive archive, hybrid exhibition space, and living document of non-traumatic Black Life in Philadelphia and beyond.