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Alli D
2340 Cecil B. Moore
(North Philadelphia)
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the project

Built in 1895, the Dox Thrash House has endured neighborhood disinvestment, civil unrest, a tangled title, and decades of vacancy and neglect despite being placed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 2013. The preservation effort for the Dox Thrash House Project includes promoting and disseminating Dox Thrash’s legacy as well as supporting the community’s larger arts and culture needs, interests and initiatives.

In 2020 the Thrash home was bought by Black owned developer Beech Interplex. The DTHP, Black Futures Campaign raised over $100,000 dollars to support an arts centered tenet in the first floor commercial space of the home. 

It is with great privilege, pride, and pleasure that the Dox Thrash Art Project together with the McIntosh Rollins Foundation are able to pass on the personal collection of Dr. Esther Rollins and David McIntosh’s friend Dox Thrash to the North Philadelphia community. To support and inspire new generations of artists and designers in the neighborhood.

We invite you to contribute to the Dox Thrash Art Project - McIntosh Rollins Foundation in support and anticipation of developing the platform and opportunity to view the entire collection in full authenticity in the future.

the steps

The DTAP and MRF will launch a placemaking initiative in North Philly which will serve as a drop-in and structured learning safe space.

To solidify commitment to the support of the MRF Dox Thrash Collection, we will invite two artists to view the collection to create an original design for sweaters. For those who donate at the 60 dollar level you will receive a custom shirt!


why we're doing it

The goal of this capital campaign is to raise the funds necessary for the appraisal, conservation, and housing of the MRF Dox Thrash Collection, as well as support our robust community programming beginning Spring 2023. 

The collection will be used for grass roots educational purposes with school children and the community at large through several initiatives like:

  1. Zine making workshops in cooperation with the local community and businesses with topics to support residents staying in their homes, preserve their rich cultural and oral histories, and provide residents with affordable preservation resources. 
  2. Providing hands on art, printmaking, and design workshops and discussions within North Philadelphia free of charge. 
  3. The exhibition of select pieces from the collection with local education institutions in 2023. 
  4. Support local black teaching printmakers artists and designers. 
  5. Partner with local schools 
  6. Promote a tradition of black resistance and printmaking


Appraisal, conservation, and housing of the MRF Dox Thrash Collection

Arts-based community programming in North Philly (supplies, rental space, etc)

Local artists for participating in our programming

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
TOTAL TO RAISE= $103,093

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.


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