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New Grass

Spiritual Atmosferic Cleansing

with Karen Smith & Friends

June 20 – September 22, 2021

“Drumming is the simplest thing that we can do to bring us together.”
— Babatunde Olatunji

This summer, Ars Nova Workshop and The Woodlands present Spiritual Atmosferic Cleansing, a recurring “rhythmic release” featuring percussion, song, storytelling, and more. Led by Philadelphia percussionist Karen Smith, Spiritual Atmosferic Cleansing is an informal gathering that seeks to provide a space for us to get in tune with ourselves and others.

We hope to see you this summer, every other Wednesday at The Woodlands starting June 30!

Karen Smith

Karen “Magic Fingaz” Smith is a percussionist, playwright, director, producer, poet, and leader of two musical groups: Weez The Peeple and Sistahs Laying Down Hands With Love. Karen makes it a part of her daily mantra to stay creative by utilizing all the components of her artistry.

As Karen always says, “the Arts are healing resources for all and everyone is welcome to get some of this medicine.”

Cover: Karen Smith / Photo by Topia Tessema (Facebook)
June 20 – September 22, 2021


  • Mindfulness
  • Performance

Program Info

Free with RSVP
All Ages

Pre-registration with advance RSVP required.

Program Schedule

June 20 – September 22, 2021, every other Wednesday, from 6:30 – 7:30PM.

  • June 20
  • June 30
  • July 14
  • July 28
  • August 11
  • August 25
  • September 8
  • September 22


The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

  • The Woodlands, Philadelphia

Presented by

The New Grass program series is presented by Ars Nova Workshop in collaboration with The Woodlands.

Health & Safety

Ars Nova Workshop cares about the health and safety of our artists, audience, and staff. Please consult our health and safety protocols before attending this program.

The Woodlands

The Woodlands’ 54-acre undulating landscape is at once an 18th-century English pleasure garden, an active 19th-century rural cemetery, and a modern-day green oasis for the communities of West Philadelphia. Please note before planning your visit:

  • Guests can arrive by foot, bike, or public transit.
  • Limited on-site parking is available for some events.
  • Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket for outdoor seating.


Should you require accessible entry or seating for this program, please contact Ars Nova Workshop at or 215-805-3376 for more information.


Special COVID-19 admission guidelines are being followed to ensure a safe environment for all guests at The Woodlands.

  • Masks are required for all indoor spaces.
  • Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing while in line for the Stable Restroom.
  • Please respect other visitors and the Site Rules found on The Woodlands website.
summer 2021

New Grass

  • Series

New Grass

In collaboration with The Woodlands historic site in West Philadelphia, Ars Nova Workshop presents an exploration of fostering spaces where the creativity, thoughtfulness, and joy of everyday life in West Philadelphia can be shared.