Tacony: The LAB Brings Creativity And Art To The Community

Tacony: The LAB Brings Creativity And Art To The Community

This past March, on its 110th anniversary, the Tacony Free Library branch at Torresdale Avenue and Knorr Street closed its doors for 18 months of renovation. “The target date is Oct. 1, 2017,” said branch man­ager and head librarian Suzin Weber about the projected reopening.  As a recipient of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Building Inspiration: 21st Century […]

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Manayunk: An Unsung Champion For The Arts In Philadelphia

Manayunk: An Unsung Champion For The Arts In Philadelphia

Manayunk isn’t a neighborhood widely known for its role in the arts, but residents like Jane Lipton, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corporation (MDC), would like to see that perception change. “We would like people to realize that art is everywhere in Manayunk,” Lipton said. And it is. Portraits of people from Manayunk, painted by Mat […]

 

Point Breeze: Newly Renovated Ralph Brooks Park Aims to Unify Community

Point Breeze: Newly Renovated Ralph Brooks Park Aims to Unify Community

The once neglected park located at 20th and Tasker streets has transformed into a beautiful haven for Point Breeze residents to shoot hoops and plant vegetables. Urban Roots, a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia, collaborated with Make the World Better Foundation, Mural Arts Program and many other organizations to revitalize the Ralph Brooks Park in Point Breeze. […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: The Art of Removing Graffiti

Arts & Entertainment: The Art of Removing Graffiti

Artistic creation can be visually appealing to anyone. Street art is a way for people to share their work with a broad audience without the awkwardness of attending a cramped gallery showing. It is right in front of them whether they like it or not. Some street art is commissioned, other street art is illegal […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: MAP And Philly Writers Paint Their Own Paths

Arts & Entertainment: MAP And Philly Writers Paint Their Own Paths

In reaction to an increase in graffiti in the 1980s, the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network was created to eradicate the artwork from the city’s buildings, trains, bridges and anything else that graffiti artists – properly known as writers – could spray. Muralist Jane Golden was hired by PAGN to connect with writers and refocus their energies […]

 By Skye Leppo and Charlotte Jacobson

Point Breeze: Mural Arts Fuses Recycling into After School Art Programs

Point Breeze: Mural Arts Fuses Recycling into After School Art Programs

Maybe Kermit the Frog was wrong when he insisted it wasn’t “easy being green.” Well, at least some of the kids at Chew Recreation Center at 18th and Ellsworth streets seem to disagree with the pessimistic muppet. Over the course of ten weeks, students have been participating in an ongoing art program fusing plastic into pieces of […]

 By Samantha Ortiz, Tasia Morgan and Angela Mayo

Plan Philly: West Poplar Locksmith’s Faded Sign Gets Repainted

Plan Philly: West Poplar Locksmith’s Faded Sign Gets Repainted

With the 115th anniversary of the Hermann Henssler Locksmith came the repainting of its faded business sign at the corner of 13th and Cambridge streets. Fifth-generation locksmith John Henssler was in disbelief when a stranger in bright-colored clothing, riding a bright bicycle, strolled into the shop asking if he wanted his sign repainted for free. Henssler […]

 By Coeli Danella and Gillian Francella

Overbrook: Elementary Students Report on Neighborhood Life

Overbrook: Elementary Students Report on Neighborhood Life

The students at Overbrook Elementary School took a non-traditional approach to improving their community for Earth Day. The students have been working on a community project, funded by a grant from The Picasso Project. The Picasso Project offers grants up to $5,000 to Philadelphia public schools for art education and community advocacy. Students have been working […]

 By Matthew E. Graves

Bella Vista: Residents Excited For New Mural

Bella Vista: Residents Excited For New Mural

Nobody likes when something cherished is taken away. So it’s understandable that residents were distraught last October when they learned that Autumn, a mural by David Guinn that overlooked a parking lot on the 600 block of South 9th Street, was going to be covered by the construction of a new townhouse. Many residents protested […]

 By Sherrell Williams

Strawberry Mansion: Inspirational Art

Strawberry Mansion: Inspirational Art

With the help of Mayor Michael Nutter at the scene, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program created a mural for the Phillyrising Collaborative at a recent community cleanup in Strawberry Mansion. “We truly believe that art has the power to lift up communities and inspire people to transform their lives,” said Jane Golden, director of the […]