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Chestnut Hill: The Arts Thrive on Germantown Avenue

Chestnut Hill: The Arts Thrive on Germantown Avenue

Chestnut Hill, which is known as Philadelphia’s “Garden District,” is home to artists, an art supply store, art galleries, and the Woodmere Art Museum. The arts live and thrive in Chestnut Hill. Up and down Germantown Avenue, art can be found. Places such as the Chestnut Hill Gallery and Frame Shoppe and Gravers Lane Gallery […]

 

Hunting Park: Art Exhibit Provides Safe Space for Youth

Hunting Park: Art Exhibit Provides Safe Space for Youth

Laughter and chatter filled the air as 30 people gathered in a tiny space in Hunting Park for an art exhibit entitled “I Am,” a self-reflective show on identity. The space, called Orange Korner Arts, seeks to provide a safe Christian-based environment for the youth and their families to explore the arts and the turn out was […]

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University City: Keeping The Printed Page Alive

University City: Keeping The Printed Page Alive

Among the bright blue walls and posters full of literary puns, Kathleen Volk Miller (below) sits in a sea of papers and books. It’s a scene some might find overwhelming, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. As a writer, professor and the director of Drexel’s new graduate program in publishing, Miller says of all […]

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Fairmount: Community Development Corporation Director Has Big Plans for the Future

Fairmount: Community Development Corporation Director Has Big Plans for the Future

Kevin Moran is the executive director at the Fairmount Community Development Corporation, located on 2712 W. Girard Ave.. He is also a Fairmount resident. As executive director, he develops research and policy agendas. The organization’s goal, according to its website, is the improvement of the residential, commercial and social fabric of the Fairmount neighborhood, while preserving its character […]

 

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 […]

 

Rittenhouse: Curtis Institute of Music Thrives in Tradition

Rittenhouse: Curtis Institute of Music Thrives in Tradition

With a music teacher mother, an older sister who played the violin and an aunt who also attended the school, Erika Gray (above), a second-year viola student at the Curtis Institute of Music, decided it was only fitting for her to follow in her family’s footsteps. “I saw [my mom and sister] playing and I […]

 

Education: Philadelphia POPS Orchestra “Swings” into Schools

Education: Philadelphia POPS Orchestra “Swings” into Schools

For the 50 students in Dorina Morrow’s advanced vocal music class at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA,) the choir room is their stage. Standing three stairs deep in front of a grand piano, the students recently sang their hearts out to Frank Sinatra classics, swaying and dancing along to hits […]

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Center City: The Arts Stay in the Picture for District Schools

Center City: The Arts Stay in the Picture for District Schools

“The visual arts help develop sustained focus and articulation of the decision making process,” said Helen Haynes, chief cultural officer for the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy at the A+ Arts Exhibit at City Hall. “You can see that in the images around here today. These are the higher brain […]

 

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 […]

 

Roxborough: Advent’s Effect On People and Businesses

Roxborough: Advent’s Effect On People and Businesses

The Roxborough/Manayunk community contains a variety of different people and businesses, so Advent was the perfect advertising agency to come in and provide this neighborhood with what it needed. In 2012, Joseph Decandido and his partner decided to start Advent, which is an advertising agency that deals with events, entertainment and small local businesses. “I had […]

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