Tribute to Ahmeenah Young

June 28, 2017

We are so saddened by the loss of our friend and fellow board member of the Painted Bride Art Center.

Ahmeenah Young left her mark on our board, the City of Philadelphia and all who came to know her.

She brought a wealth of talent, experience and love for the arts having been a patron of the Bride and frequent audience member before joining the board 2 years ago.

She was so vibrant, engaged and funny at our recent board retreat. As one member reflected, he remembered thinking what a perceptive, poetic and eloquent presence she possessed with her wry, ironic sense of humor, and was looking forward to her growing involvement with the Bride as we all were. Her commitment was evident as a member of our vision committee. Once while following up with her on arranging a key meeting with one of her contacts she responded, “it is a particularly challenging time and despite of that, please know that I am in hot pursuit.” That was Ahmeenah!



When Ahmeenah talked about this stage of her life she said she was recalibrating. She was proud and excited for her new life path as a legacy business coach and appointment to the Pennsylvania Gaming and Control Board. She was alive with passion and playfulness on April 1st at Dance With The Bride, the Bride’s Anniversary celebration. Who could have known? She lived her life with such courage and grace.

Gone way too soon. I will cherish the memories of our heart- felt talks.

On behalf of the Board and Staff of the Painted Bride Art Center we say THANK YOU Ahmeenah with love for your wisdom, service and support. You will be missed dearly by all.

And to her family and all who loved her you have our deepest sympathy.

– Joan Sloan, Board Chair

Young is remembered by The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Tribune, 6abc, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Chestnut Hill Local, and all of us at Painted Bride.