Chinatown North: Asian Arts Initiative Encourages Protest Through Art

Chinatown North: Asian Arts Initiative Encourages Protest Through Art

Aram Han Sifuentes still remembers the first protest banner she made — the words “Dump Trump” sit emblazoned atop a teal fabric playfully covered in pugs. The fiber artist said she always has extra fabric on hand, and after the results of the 2016 presidential election, she turned to her craft to respond to Donald […]

 

Kingsessing: African Cultural Alliance Pushes For Small Businesses

Kingsessing: African Cultural Alliance Pushes For Small Businesses

As a young child in Liberia helping her mother and aunt in the kitchen, Nafisa Sillah stumbled upon her passion for cooking. “I would mess up the food but I would fix it, cook, cook, and then, I just enjoyed it,” Sillah said. “I would cook and feed everybody, even if I don’t eat.” Once […]

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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 […]

 

Olde Kensington: Five Creative Places for Your Artistic Palate

Olde Kensington: Five Creative Places for Your Artistic Palate

Olde Kensington is a close-knit community with a thriving arts and culture scene (watch out, Fishtown). On every street you will encounter anything from an art recycling center to a monstrous exhibition hub. Want to brush up on your photography skills? Grab a cup of premium-sourced coffee? Network at a trendy gallery event? In Olde […]

 

Chinatown: Parking Program Assists Businesses and Customers

Chinatown: Parking Program Assists Businesses and Customers

Philadelphia is a city full of historical places to see, restaurants to eat in and museums to visit. Many of these locations can be found in Chinatown, making it a destination for tourists and city residents alike. Although it is a popular area, some tend to avoid it due to problems with traffic and parking. […]

 

Mantua: Gallery’s Open-Door Policy Aims to Attract Artists and Community Members

Mantua: Gallery’s Open-Door Policy Aims to Attract Artists and Community Members

“COME IN” was written on the sign in big and bold letters, inviting the public to join the festive evening created by Indigo Bleu Design Concepts to mark the second anniversary of its representation of artist Jerry Puryear. Danielle Green, owner of the business located at Spring Garden Street and Lancaster Avenue, has created a space to explore […]

 

Hawthorne: Recreation Leader Emphasizes Ethnic Dance At Cultural Center

Hawthorne: Recreation Leader Emphasizes Ethnic Dance At Cultural Center

The calendar reads September, and for several recreation workers in South Philly, vacation has finally arrived. The summer camps have been completed and the next wave of children is still a few weeks away. As a recreation leader for the Hawthorne Cultural Center at 1200 Carpenter Street, Carmen Butler’s work never ends. She has managed […]

 

Mount Airy: What To Know

Mount Airy: What To Know

If Mount Airy was personified it would be the progressive girl seen in a street-style blog with light purple hair, an ethnically mysterious face, and a penchant for knowing where the best midnight snack food is located. People are enthralled by the area and the recent cultural revival. Business is booming in the neighborhood because […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Fairhill: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Media coverage in Fairhill tends to be of a negative nature, usually focusing on crime. In order to provide a better understanding of this unique and culturally diverse community, here are five things you might not know about this neighborhood.   1. Fairhill houses the largest Latino population within the city. Sixty percent of Fairhill’s population is of […]

 

Northeast Philadelphia: Five people you need to know

Northeast Philadelphia: Five people you need to know

Philadelphia is widely known as one of the most diverse cities in the United States. It is home to people of many different cultural backgrounds, who both flock together and assimilate into American culture. Northeast Philadelphia in particular has several clusters of people who are immigrants from different countries around the world, and all of […]

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