River Amplification

Commissioned site-specific mixtape, 2021
By Homer Jackson


• I’ve Known Rivers

• A Change Is Gonna Come

• Water Babies

• Waterfalls

• Cry Me A River

• New World Water

• Ice Water

• Deep River

• Still Water [Love]

• [Sittin’ On] The Dock of the Bay

• Catfish Blues

• Blue Nile

• Underwater

• [You’re A Fish And I’m A] Water Sign

• Drown In My Own Tears

Gary Bartz

Otis Redding

Wayne Shorter


Dinah Washington

Mos Def

The Jazz Crusaders

Bobby Womack

Four Tops

World Sax Quartet

Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate

Alice Coltrane

Ghostface Killah


Aretha Franklin

Homer Jackson, Director of Philadelphia Jazz Project, is an expansive interdisciplinary artist from Philadelphia with a background in teaching and social service. His work is presented as installation, performance art, public art, video, and audio. He uses images, sounds, text, live performance, video, audience participation, and found objects to tell stories. In 1996, he received special recognition for his work with Youth-at-Risk from the President’s Committee on Arts & Humanities. Jackson has worked with young people, adults, and older adults, as well as intergenerational participants. Through his workshops, participants have produced art exhibitions, albums, books, comic books, and videotapes.


Crossing the Lane Lines

Audio podcast (re-broadcast)
By Naji Ali

Naji Ali is a Black open water swimmer and coach who has made it his mission to create an environment where access to swimming is the norm, not a barrier. Learning to swim at the age of 43 sounds uncommon for most people, but it was better late than never for Ali. “I was determined that I wanted to swim. I didn’t care what it would take. I was going to do it,” Ali said.

Ali’s podcast series, Crossing the Lane Lines, amplifies a diversity of voices into the public space outside the exhibition doors. All are invited to sit down, look out at the Schuylkill River, and listen to Naji and his guests.

Featured Episodes:

“A Strong Current: How Black people ruled the sea for 400 years”
“Separate, but Unequal: Life as a Black Swimmer During Jim Crow
“Muhammad Speaks: Making the Case for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in the Sport of Swimming”
“Conversation with Rhonda Harper, Founder of Black Girls Surf”

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