Past event: reForm Fun Day at Fairhill3:30pm-5:00pm
Celebrating and remembering our schoool
601 West Somerset Street, Philadelphia, 19133
May 1, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
The former students, parents, teachers, and administrators of the closed Fairhill Elementary School will be re-assembling for the first time since their school was closed in 2013. They are gathering together again on the anniversary of what Fairhill used to call Fun Day. Historically, Fun Days at Fairhill were a chance for the neighborhood and the school to come together over food and fellowship.
Now that the school is closed we are organizing this one-time reunion Fun Day as a way to reconnect under our own steam. This event launches a yearlong commitment by the neighborhood residents to re-imagine their education in the wake of the school district’s decision to close the school in 2013 and will feature speeches by neighborhood children, parents, and the former principles of Fairhill.
Including foods cooked by the school’s former teachers and a projected video that documents the empty hallways and classrooms of the closed school, the event will culminate with a procession of mementos and materials salvaged from the school and brought to Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Here, these objects will be reassembled into an art installation and classroom by renowned artist Pepón Osorio that will open to the public on August 21, 2015.