The Passyunk Square Civic Association recently hosted its second annual P’unk Square Community Art Show and Auction where neighborhood residents gathered at the Theatre Exile, 1340 S. 13th St., for a night full of art, food and community building.
Numerous local and nationally recognized artists donated pieces of art to be auctioned to attendees. All proceeds from the event went to the association, used for positive efforts in the neighborhood.
“Proceeds from all of our fundraising events go toward the programs and services we offer our community,” Association member Ilene Wilder said. “I know our neighbors appreciate it.”
Fliers promoting the event were posted on nearly every window throughout the neighborhood. Events hosted by the civic association allow members from the community to get to know each other and understand the role the association plays in the community as well.
“Very often people start getting more involved and attending our general meetings once they have come to one of our events,” Wilder said.
At the event, various artists, whose art was displayed, walked around selling raffle tickets and greeting the guests. Ellie Brown and Theresa Rose were two of the featured artists at the auction.
Rose, a Visual Arts Program Director at Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe, donated her art work and is an active member of the civic association. “There are tons of people here. It definitely brings the community together,” Rose said.
Community member, John Hackett, attended the auction to show his support for the neighborhood. “I’ve been in the neighborhood for five years and it seems that more and more people are getting involved and I wanted to take part in that.”
Passyunk Square Civic Association serves residents living between Broad St to 6th Street and Washington Avenue to Tasker Street. The association holds general meetings every first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are held at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, located at 1430 E. Passyunk Avenue.
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