Olney: Arts-and-Culture Project Turns into Seven-Year Commitment

Olney: Arts-and-Culture Project Turns into Seven-Year Commitment

Ambrose Liu, founder and project director of the Olney Culture Lab, an initiative sponsored by CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, has been working in the Olney neighborhood for the past seven years organizing arts and culture events for the neighborhood. Olney Culture Lab’s signature event, the Olney Youth Arts Festival, is an annual multicultural dance festival and something […]

 

Olney: Programming Promotes Neighborhood Diversity

Olney: Programming Promotes Neighborhood Diversity

This summer, the North Fifth Street Revitalization Project is working to develop and encourage numerous cultural heritages of residents in Olney through free local programming.  “Our diversity is our greatest asset,” said Stephanie Michel, assistant director of the organization. “We celebrate that and introduce neighbors to various cultural activities. We offer the activities for free because Olney […]

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Olney: Philip Green Works To Revitalize North 5th Street Corridor

Olney: Philip Green Works To Revitalize North 5th Street Corridor

Philip Green is the co-director of the North 5th Street Revitalization Project, alongside Stephanie Michel (below). The mission of this organization is to keep the streets clean and safe, support the merchants with business services, and bring activities to the community. They use a grassroots approach in order to grow and maintain close relationships with merchants and […]

 

Olney: Renewing a Historic Street

Olney: Renewing a Historic Street

Drive up one of Philadelphia’s most historic main streets and you will see longtime residents walking amongst new and vibrant residents, flashes of a city heading for the future. Stephanie Michel’s job begins at the meeting point of these two sides and it ends where they come together for the good of the community. Michel (above, […]

 

Olney: Organizations and Arts Alliance Keeps Arts Alive

Facing a $304 million budget deficit last June, the School District of Philadelphia laid off 3,800 employees, including 127 assistant principals, 676 teachers, 283 counselors, 1,202 aides, 307 secretaries and 769 service assistants. Extracurricular programs and activities, like art and music education, felt the deficit. For the 2013-2014 school year, in what many called a […]

 

Logan/Olney: Five People You Need to Know

Logan/Olney: Five People You Need to Know

School closings. Drug activity. Shootings. Unfortunately, news outlets in Philadelphia often primarily focus on negative events in northwest neighborhoods Logan and Olney; they only have the time and space to cover the bad stuff. However, take a drive up Broad Street and you will find communities bustling with energy, hope for improvement and the motivation […]