Award-winning Philadelphia artist takes over the stage at African American Museum

Nikki Powerhouse will perform her one woman play, "The Art of I Am."

Shara Dae Howard
September 21, 2018 - 9:30 pm
 Nikki Powerhouse

Shara Dae Howard | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The 2018 recipient of the Leeway Foundation Art and Change grant, local artist Nikki Powerhouse, is taking her one woman play to the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

"The Art of I Am," a one woman play, challenges the standards of beauty in the era of the #MeToo movement and tells the true stories of women rediscovering their identities.

Playwright Nikki Powerhouse says her story is their story.

"I wanted to start with what they identify as marginalized people," she said, "but the reality of it is that I remember coming from that marinalized community and finding that magic."

After winning the Leeway Foundation Art and Change grant, Powerhouse says she was compelled to use her art as a force for social change, and this show is an example of that very mission.

"For this particular show, 75 women who are in recovery or homelessness, they will come to see the show," she explained, "and then they will return [for an October workshop] and do a rendition of The Art of I Am."

The show begins Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.