Art

 By Julie Achilles and Damon Fillman

Manayunk: A Grassroots Gathering for a Good Cause

Manayunk: A Grassroots Gathering for a Good Cause

Destination Schuylkill Project hosted “Hang Out to Help Out,” a green gathering at the Bourbon Blue in Manayunk on Feb. 5, to garner support and funding for its upcoming projects. The group, which facilitates maintenance of trails, bridges and open space along the river, is purely volunteer-based. “There are projects within our immediate community that […]

 By Kellie Meyer

Center City: ‘Dumpster Divers’ Clean Up

Center City: ‘Dumpster Divers’ Clean Up

Neil Benson is not typical. In his house, for example, old-fashioned knick-knacks line up under his cluttered window. A sticker on the front door reads ‘Dumpster Diver’, with a picture of a woman diving. What’s inside can only get more interesting. Benson is a ‘Dumpster Diver’ — with a twist. This is visible from just […]

 By James Riggio and Max Webber

Germantown: Exhibition Spotlights Local Mid-20th Century Lithographer

Germantown: Exhibition Spotlights Local Mid-20th Century Lithographer

Nestled in the basement of Olney Hall at La Salle University is a small art museum that contains pieces from all over the world dating back to as early as ancient Greece. For three-month periods, the La Salle Art Museum holds special exhibitions and currently on display is prominent Germantown artist Benton Spruance, a 20th […]

 By Ashlyn Coyne and Lucy Mushi

Fairhill: Multicultural Vibrancy Comes to Life

Fairhill: Multicultural Vibrancy Comes to Life

Driving past the numerous abandoned and ramshackle houses in Fairhill, a beacon of light appears at the corner of Fifth and Lehigh Avenue, towering over the neighboring gas station and buildings. With its beautifully displayed mural and eye-catching graphics, it is hard to ignore the Taller Puertorriqueno building. Immediately after entering the downstairs book store, […]

 By Samantha Krotzer and Andrew Whitlatch

West Oak Lane: Rhythm of a Neighborhood

West Oak Lane: Rhythm of a Neighborhood

[swfobject]45730[/swfobject] Two women dressed in designer coats, silk blouses and four-inch heels walk in unison and huddle close together to fight the chill of the wind. For a Thursday evening, their formal attire is quite different from most of the people they pass by in West Oak Lane. They’re going to Relish, a restaurant that […]

 By Kait Privitera and Eric Pellini

Kensington: Development Bringing In New Residents

Kensington: Development Bringing In New Residents

Click here for an interactive map featuring links to positive developments in Kensington. There are many reasons why new residents looking to move to Philadelphia are starting to consider Kensington as a viable option. Prospective residents are seeing it as a chance to move away from the other overpriced and overcrowded areas of the city […]

 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 […]