About the Creator

The Keeping and Caring of You is the BFA thesis work of Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist, Deanna Emmons (she/they).  Deanna is expected to graduate from Moore College of Art and Design in May 2020 with a major in Curatorial Studies and a double minor in Photography and Digital Arts and Creative Writing.  

Emmons is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, educator, performer, and organizer whose practice focuses on relational and civic engagement, community building, identity construction, the body, and storytelling.  Within her work, she advocates for the arts to serve as a platform for creative problem solving, freedom of expression, and both individual and community empowerment.  Emmons envisions the arts as a critical tool to proactively engage communities while facilitating self advocacy and education through the art making process. Check out some of her other work below.  





Levels of Care, with Peanut Butter and Jelly is a participatory activity  created to engage individuals to discuss and think critically about habits of individual and community care, while collectively assembling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with toothbrushes.  As we assemble the sandwiches, the facilitator prompts participants to share and discuss questions such as “What are our daily acts of care?  Do we feel present or absent within our bodies if we shift the context of those care rituals?”





Local textile and sculptural artist, Salma Garcia’s wearable work modeled by Laila Islam




Miss Thing and Little Piece perform for Open Diaries: Coming of Age Stories of Love, Life, and the Body, Vox Populi Gallery Space 2019

One of Emmons' recently curated shows include Open Diaries: Coming of Age Stories of Love, Life, and the Body which took place at Vox Populi Gallery Space in September, 2019.  The participatory event provided a platform for performers, visual artists, and gallery goers to collectively share coming of age stories and learning experiences.  




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