Quaker City Alumnae Promotes the Arts

Submitted by Tracey D. Carter

The mission of the Arts and Letters Committee of Quaker City Alumnae Chapter (QCA) in Philadelphia, PA is to support the arts, in accordance with the Sorority’s National Arts & Letters Commission. Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, QCA’s Arts and Letters Committee successfully fulfilled its mission for the past two years, led by Chairperson Tracey Carter and Co-Chairperson Taylor J. Mitchell, with Shawn Anthony serving as Chapter President.

QCA Book Club

The QCA Book Club was re-ignited in 2020 as a collaboration between Arts and Letters and the Delta DEARs subcommittee (Florence Oliver, Chairperson). The Zoom meetings were held August 2020 to May 2022, offering fun, fellowship, and lively book discussion. Sixteen books were read during the two-year period, covering a wide variety of genres and authors. Several authors attended the meetings, offering insight to their books’ storylines. The meetings were a welcome diversion from the pandemic, providing a brief escape where sorors explored interesting books and enjoyed the sisterhood.

All Lives Don’t Matter

On February 27, 2021, Arts and Letters presented the virtual play All Lives Don’t Matter, which focused on social injustice experienced by people of color. QCA partnered with Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Collective (KCAC) for this program.  Dr. Ardencie Hall-Karambe, KCAC founder and director/playwright, describes the play as “a theatrical tapestry that uses poetry, song, narrative, and dance to weave together episodic movements of what it is like being Black in America”. Arts and Letters Co-Chair Taylor J. Mitchell was a featured actress in this production.  Proceeds benefitted chapter programs.

Artists Café

QCA’s Artists Café is a celebration of the arts. Performing artists volunteer their time and share their talents for this fundraiser that benefits Philadelphia arts establishments and youth arts programs. This year’s virtual Artists Café was broadcast on May 7, 2022.  The talented performers included singers, dancers, spoken word artists, actors, and musicians who played such instruments as the piano, cello, guitar, organ, and drums. The Philadelphia Multicultural Music Center for Nonviolence (PMMC) was awarded the proceeds from this year’s program. PMMC is a nonprofit faith-based initiative that provides structured music lessons to low-income youth, offering an alternative to the negative influences of society.

Focusing on the Arts

As the pandemic lingers on, Quaker City Alumnae will continue promoting and supporting the arts, shining an artistic light in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection.

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