Artists welcome Ukrainian refugees to Philadelphia with 'Listening Loom'

ByBeccah Hendrickson via Localish logo
Friday, September 23, 2022
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The artists set up a table in Gifford Playground, where many refugees are settling, and provide arts and crafts for the kids, options to write letters back home, and a few sets of listening ears.

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia artists Tieshka Smith and Cathryn Pennepacker wanted to do something special to reach out to the newly resettled Ukrainian refugees in their city.

They came up with the idea for a Stand With Ukraine "Listening Loom."

The artists set up a table in Gifford Playground, a popular park in the Somerton section of the city, where many refugees are settling.

They provided arts and crafts for the kids, options to write letters back home, and a few sets of listening ears.

They're hoping if they go back twice a week, they'll build lasting relationships with their new neighbors to help welcome them to Philadelphia and make them feel at home.