Arts & Entertainment: Budget Cuts To NEA Affect Public Arts Programing In Philadelphia

Arts & Entertainment: Budget Cuts To NEA Affect Public Arts Programing In Philadelphia

Celeste DiNucci remembers exactly where she was and what she was doing during the early hours of morning when she and the rest of the public arts world found out that President Donald Trump announced his 2018 fiscal year Budget Blueprint plan, which proposed the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). “I remember […]

 

Old City: The Clay Studio Molds Ceramic Artists, Young and Older

Old City: The Clay Studio Molds Ceramic Artists, Young and Older

The Clay Studio has been a pivotal part of the Old City Art scene for more than 40 years. The Clay Studio welcomes both professionals and new comers alike to experience the ceramic arts in Philadelphia. Founded in 1974, the original mission of The Clay Studio was to provide the necessary space and materials for […]

 

Society Hill: The Head & The Hand Press Provides Indie Publishing for Writers

Society Hill: The Head & The Hand Press Provides Indie Publishing for Writers

Based out of the historic Physick House in Society Hill, The Head & the Hand Press is providing an opportunity for Philadelphia writers to make history of their own. Founded in 2012 by Nic Esposito, an urban farmer, author and entrepreneur, the Head & the Hand’s mission is to provide both established writers and up-and-comers […]

 

Education: Young Playwrights’ Program Puts Spotlight on Student Voices

Education: Young Playwrights’ Program Puts Spotlight on Student Voices

Anthony Martinez-Briggs, 25, is a teaching artist at the Philadelphia Young Playwrights. He is a co-founder of the grassroots organization “I Love Living,” which stems from the local hip-hop band Ill Doots. He also teaches classes through the Arden Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, and will soon start teaching for the Wilma Theater. These organizations […]

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Pennsport: “This is Your Body, Man. It’s a Temple. You Only Get One Shot With It”

Pennsport: “This is Your Body, Man. It’s a Temple. You Only Get One Shot With It”

Daniel Shernoff arrived in Philadelphia to attend art school. He found his way into a tattoo studio and apprenticed for two years, learning the craft. He now creates body art at Omkara Tattoo, a local tattoo shop located on Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia. How did you become a tattoo artist? I came to Philadelphia to […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: “This Is The Week That Is” Aims To Deliver Classic Political Satire to Philadelphia This Holiday Season

Arts & Entertainment: “This Is The Week That Is” Aims To Deliver Classic Political Satire to Philadelphia This Holiday Season

There are very few political discussions that imagine Star Wars characters as Syrian refugees or compare Donald Trump to Jabba The Hutt. However, at 1812 Productions’ administrative office located in the Whitman section of South Philadelphia, Star Wars and other other hot topics in popular culture guide the discussion of politics. With the holiday season […]

 

Olney: Music School Serves as Cultural Beacon for Residents

Olney: Music School Serves as Cultural Beacon for Residents

Situated on the crowded commercial blocks of Olney dwells one of the last bastions of music education in the community. The Gibson School of Music and Arts seeks to preserve musical tradition in the community through inspiring its youth by teaching them the value of the creative arts. This year marks the institution’s 20th anniversary. According […]

 

Germantown: Poet Yolanda Wisher Says, “Poetry has Always Been a Healing Tool.”

Germantown: Poet Yolanda Wisher Says, “Poetry has Always Been a Healing Tool.”

Yolanda Wisher is an instructor at the Germantown Poetry Studio and the former director of the Germantown Poetry Festival. She is a founding Cultural Agent and “Rhapsodist of Wherewithal” with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. She published her first poetry book “Monk Eats An Afro” last year and recently received the 2015 Pew […]

 

South Philadelphia: Record Stores Are Prime Destinations For Philly Punk and Metal

South Philadelphia: Record Stores Are Prime Destinations For Philly Punk and Metal

For music outside of the mainstream, record stores have always served as a destination to discover and network. Metal and punk music is being played at many venues in the city such as Kung Fu Necktie, The First Unitarian Church and Union Transfer. It is not uncommon to see bands stopping in local record stores to […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: Project Positive Breaks to Inspire

Arts & Entertainment: Project Positive Breaks to Inspire

Project Positive is an organization that expresses its message through hip-hop dance. Incorporating workshops, performances and community partnerships, Project Positive strives to inspire the youth in Philadelphia. “Hip-hop dancing saved my life when I started at the age of 14,” said Damon Holley, who founded the organization in 2010. “It kept me out of a […]