Art

 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 […]

 By Leah Mafrica and Andrea Marr

Fairhill: Art Sparks Cultural Connections

Fairhill: Art Sparks Cultural Connections

Taller Puertorriqueño operates out of a skinny building in the heart of Fairhill’s typically buzzing Fifth Street, surrounded by various food stops, barbershops, apartment buildings and laundromats standard in urban neighborhoods. But Taller looks different than the rest. Positioned at the end of a line of brick buildings, Taller takes advantage of the exposed brick […]

 By Monica Sellecchia

Franklin Institute’s Body World Exhibit: Education or Manipulation?

Franklin Institute’s Body World Exhibit: Education or Manipulation?

The human body is a complex and interesting specimen that some find fascinating and others find extremely disgusting, especially if seen from the inside out. The BODY WORLDS 2 & the Brain exhibit is a collection of authentic human specimens that have been preserved, manipulated and put on display for visitors of the Institute to […]

 By Melanie Menkevich and Jenn Matusiak

Fishtown: Artist Sketches the Neighborhood’s History

Fishtown: Artist Sketches the Neighborhood’s History

Sketches of Fishtown, an art project aimed at fighting gentrification and highlighting the positives in Fishtown, is Jeff Kilpatrick’s gift to his neighborhood. “A lot of things were changing in the neighborhood and a lot of new people were moving in and a lot our old neighbors were moving out,” said Kilpatrick.  “[I wanted] to […]

 By Nicole Finkbiner

Mantua: A Rainy Day Peoplehood Parade

Mantua: A Rainy Day Peoplehood Parade

The forecast called for one very wet and mucky Saturday afternoon. But after having already been postponed a week, Spiral Q Puppet Theater’s “10th Annual Peoplehood Parade and Pageant” in West Philadelphia went on as planned. As part of their Parade and Pageant Program, each year Spiral Q artists hold workshops in the city’s most […]

 By Nikki Volpicelli and Jonathan Viguers

Fairhill: Fresh Ink

Fairhill: Fresh Ink

Valedan sits on an empty bucket once filled with Spackle.  He picks a paint-splattered fold up table from the floor and sets it to his right.  A big screen TV is hung on the wall to his left and a massage chair acts as a living room couch. He rests his razors and drawing pencil […]

 By Bonnie Dugan

Port Richmond: Does a Pink Tank Create Beauty?

Port Richmond: Does a Pink Tank Create Beauty?

A  pink tank sits in the middle of a green grass lot located between Susquehanna and Norris Street, along Frankford Avenue.  It was originally created for the annual Kinetic Sculpture Derby, an event that the Kensington and surrounding areas look forward to each year.  This particular device is a six-man, powered-operated machine that stands out […]

 By Gabrielle DiPietro

Philadelphia Musicians Keep Suburban Station Travelers On Track

Philadelphia Musicians Keep Suburban Station Travelers On Track

It’s four o’clock on Friday and the click-clack of freshly shined shoes and black leather pumps pound the pavement in four-four time. As trains roll in and out of Suburban Station at 15th and John F. Kennedy streets, commuters bustle by in hopes of catching an early train. Their focus is tight on the overhead […]

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