Art

 By Zack Shapiro and Michelle Kraus

Olney: Growing Cambodian Roots

Olney: Growing Cambodian Roots

When thousands of Cambodian refugees arrived in America in the 1980s, they were in a country where they didn’t fit in but had no country to return home to. In order to survive, they banded together and formed strong communities in cities across the country: Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston and Olney. Now, 30 years later, […]

 By Tracy Galloway and Maria Zankey

Technology: Designing Philadelphia Gets Technical

Technology: Designing Philadelphia Gets Technical

Design is everywhere. The clothes we wear, the cars we drive, and the buildings we work in all incorporate design in one way or another. In a society that has become increasingly dependent on cell phones, iPods and laptops, design is becoming a vital component of these and many other technologies. Electronic Ink is an […]

 By Tyler Laurie and Lauren Macaluso

Fishtown: BYO Strives to Make Print Happen

Fishtown: BYO Strives to Make Print Happen

In a makeshift loft in a restored warehouse is an art collective on a mission: help keep printmakers printing with a venue and equipment to do so. BYO Print is located above a motorcycle restoration shop on Sepviva Street called Liberty Vintage and shares the space with a private studio called At The Cavalcades. Katie VanVliet […]

 By Rodrigo Torrejon and Brader Jimenez

Fairhill: Art Cultivates Change

Fairhill: Art Cultivates Change

As we wrapped up an interview with Cristina Gonzalez, owner and manager of Centro Musical, a popular music store in Fairhill, an old acquaintance waltzed in and began ribbing her while she tried to concentrate on being interviewed. The man was short, round-faced and full of plenty of good things to say about Cristina and […]

 By Megan Douress

Fairmount: Art in the Open Festival

Fairmount: Art in the Open Festival

For the first time, Philadelphia hosted an outdoor art festival by the name of “Art in the Open.” From June 9-12, the festival allowed artists from various areas, mainly the Philadelphia region, to create, display and encourage bystanders to participate in their projects outdoors. The three mile long festival extended from the Philadelphia Water Works […]

 By Daly Gonzalez

Fairhill: The Golden Block of Hispanic Culture

Fairhill: The Golden Block of Hispanic Culture

The yellow brick road in Philadelphia doesn’t lead to Oz. Instead, it leads to the Golden Block in Fairhill, the heart of the city’s Hispanic community on Fifth Street, stretching from Lehigh Avenue to Indiana Avenue. When you walk the golden pathway you experience all this neighborhood has to offer. Restaurants, community centers, street vendors, […]

 By Jocelyn McArthur

Fishtown: Behind the Canvas

Fishtown: Behind the Canvas

“I don’t live in Fishtown because I’m an artist. I’m an artist and I live in Fishtown,” said artist Rob Ribant. In the last few years, the influx of artists to Fishtown has greatly changed the nature and the culture of the neighborhood.  But how do the artists feel about being held liable for these […]

 By Christanna Ciabattoni

Fishtown: Art Galleries Contribute to Community’s Gentrification

Fishtown: Art Galleries Contribute to Community’s Gentrification

Art is timeless.  For decades, Philadelphia has been considered one of the most interesting cities for the arts.  However, within recent years, Philadelphia’s art culture has shifted from popular areas like Center City and Old City to the unique, gentrifying neighborhood of Fishtown.  As artists migrate to a more affordable section of town, the neighborhood […]

 By Lauren Gordon and Linda Lam

West Philadelphia: Artistic Views

West Philadelphia: Artistic Views

West Philadelphia: City’s Best Kept Art Secret When you walk up to the Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum, it looks like any ordinary twin home on Hamilton Street in West Philadelphia. However, walk into the backyard, and it is as if you fell down the rabbit hole. Suddenly you are surrounded by a yard full […]

 By Lauren Gordon and Linda Lam

Walnut Hill: Messages on the Wall

Walnut Hill: Messages on the Wall

Throughout Philadelphia, murals brighten up neighborhoods and beautify industrial areas. However, for the residents of Walnut Hill the “writing on the wall” sometimes sends a controversial and confusing message to community members. On the 4800 block of Market Street, on the side of the first African-American nightclub in the area, a mural stains the walls […]