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South Philadelphia: The Electric Street Mural Brings Community Together

South Philadelphia: The Electric Street Mural Brings Community Together

In an alley on Percy Street, just a few blocks away from Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, a mural attracts events such as music video tapings, parties and even church revivals. The Electric Street Mural, combining lighting and paint, is a street art piece created by street artist David Guinn and lighting designer Drew Billiau. The […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Arts Group Brings Out Creativity In Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Chestnut Hill: Arts Group Brings Out Creativity In Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Sarah Orgass has never had an easy relationship with her father, and recently it’s become more difficult because of his dementia. But then his doctor suggested ARTZ Philadelphia, a program that offers a creative outlet for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. And that has changed everything, said Orgass. “I wasn’t close to my father […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: Record Label, Store Boost Metal Scene In Philly And Beyond

Arts & Entertainment: Record Label, Store Boost Metal Scene In Philly And Beyond

Beyond its popular and busy live music scene, Philadelphia has a number of small labels and record stores that stand behind heavy metal artists. These labels help to build artists, local and otherwise, from inside the city. One such entity is metal label Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. The brainchild of Mike Juliano, the label […]

 

South Philadelphia: After-School Engagement is Combatting Youth Violence

South Philadelphia: After-School Engagement is Combatting Youth Violence

A bell rang in the distance. The neighborhood was quiet at first, a cool breeze rustling fallen leaves through Stinger Park. Within minutes, the dynamic changed. Children and young teens came barreling through the quaint park from Alcorn Elementary across the street and their high school counterparts strolled casually down the sidewalk. School was out, and the not-so-subtle […]

 

South Philadelphia: Refugee Resettlement Contributes To Diverse History

South Philadelphia: Refugee Resettlement Contributes To Diverse History

The Philadelphia non-profit Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition (SEAMAAC) was bustling with activity in the afternoon hours of Nov. 7. Men and women with origins spanning from Vietnam and Laos, to Indonesia and Burma, cold-called potential voters with advice on where to find their polling location, tactics on how to identify voter intimidation and […]

 

West Poplar: Ridge Avenue Galleries Leave Imprint On Local Art Scene

West Poplar: Ridge Avenue Galleries Leave Imprint On Local Art Scene

Tina Rocha, co-founder of the Cerulean Arts gallery, recently left her job as an architect to focus on the gallery full time, which has been open for 15 years. Located on Ridge Avenue, a corridor that when passing through West Poplar does not appear to be commercially hospitable, the gallery was forward thinking, said Rocha. […]

 

Fishtown: Recording Studio Quietly Making Its Name In Variety Of Genres

Fishtown: Recording Studio Quietly Making Its Name In Variety Of Genres

Spice House Sound opened its doors in Fishtown two years ago, and has been quietly building itself since then. A studio partially owned by Alex Santilli with the intention of providing high quality services, Spice House has worked with a large variety of artists. “Even in rock there’s a huge variety of different-sounding rock records, […]

 

Queen Village: Artists Draw On Their Talents To Engage, Improve Community

Queen Village: Artists Draw On Their Talents To Engage, Improve Community

Art is being taught, seen and bought in a plethora of ways in Queen Village. The Fleisher Art Memorial, which is one of the oldest community art schools in the country, has more than 70 art classes – 20 of which are free – and serves more than 5,000 students each year. Fleisher also has […]

 

Tacony: The LAB Brings Creativity And Art To The Community

Tacony: The LAB Brings Creativity And Art To The Community

This past March, on its 110th anniversary, the Tacony Free Library branch at Torresdale Avenue and Knorr Street closed its doors for 18 months of renovation. “The target date is Oct. 1, 2017,” said branch man­ager and head librarian Suzin Weber about the projected reopening.  As a recipient of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Building Inspiration: 21st Century […]

 

Hunting Park: Latin Music Lessons Transcend The Classroom

Hunting Park: Latin Music Lessons Transcend The Classroom

Salsa rhythms pulsate beyond the basement of Esperanza College and flow into the streets of Hunting Park. The Caribbean-based beats resonate from Artístas y Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA), a non-profit arts and artist’s organization established in North Philadelphia. Accentuating Latin composition, the music school, which was founded in 2006 by Grammy-nominated music producer Jesse Bermudez, recently […]