Art

 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 […]

 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 […]