Arts and Entertainment: Five Dance Studios in Philadelphia

Arts and Entertainment: Five Dance Studios in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is thriving with dance. Stroll down the Avenue of the Arts and you will pass by a dozen art venues, theaters and dance studios. Are you inspired by street dancers outside of Wawa, or want to learn a new style of dance?  If you are interested in taking a dance class, check out these five studios in […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Arts Group Brings Out Creativity In Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Chestnut Hill: Arts Group Brings Out Creativity In Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Sarah Orgass has never had an easy relationship with her father, and recently it’s become more difficult because of his dementia. But then his doctor suggested ARTZ Philadelphia, a program that offers a creative outlet for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. And that has changed everything, said Orgass. “I wasn’t close to my father […]

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Brewerytown: Community Members Use Social Media to Follow Local and National Politics

Brewerytown: Community Members Use Social Media to Follow Local and National Politics

As tensions run high regarding the impending 2016 presidential election, members of the Brewerytown are turning to social media to stay involved. State Rep. Donna Bullock, whose office is located in Brewerytown, is also using social media to bring these issues closer to home. According to the Brewerytown Neighborhood Plan, the area faced many issues concerning […]

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Fishtown: All-Female Collective Dances With Eye Toward Election

Fishtown: All-Female Collective Dances With Eye Toward Election

On Election Day, femme. collective will cast a vote for president that is sprinkled with lady power. Femme. collective is a Fishtown-based, all-female group of dancers and artists who support feminism. The core group, of less than a dozen women, holds frequent meetings to talk about their productions in collective founder Loren McFalls’ home. This has […]

 

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

In 2011, the Brewerytown CDC and the Fairmount CDC collaborated to turn an abandoned lot into a space the two neighborhoods could put to use, creating the foundation for the community run Girard-Dream Garden. With the help of a grant from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, the Fairmount CDC was able to select and […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Tyrone Williams of NAC Teaches Community To Use Its Voice

Strawberry Mansion: Tyrone Williams of NAC Teaches Community To Use Its Voice

Now the head of community engagement at the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center, Tyrone Williams has worked his whole life trying to better his community. From a young age, Williams took an active interest in reaching out to people. He estimated his history in community outreach went back to when he was 11-years old and a […]

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Brewerytown: Coffee Shop Doubles as a Resource for Former Foster Youths

Brewerytown: Coffee Shop Doubles as a Resource for Former Foster Youths

Though it seems like an ordinary coffee shop, The Monkey & The Elephant in Brewerytown is an entirely unique organization. Its only employees, besides management, are young people who have just recently exited the foster system. Lisa Miccolis, the founder and executive director of The Monkey & The Elephant, pictured above, had years of experience working […]

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Brewerytown: David Waxman, MM Partners Building up Brewerytown

Brewerytown: David Waxman, MM Partners Building up Brewerytown

Historically, business in Brewerytown has had its ups and downs. The arrival of prohibition in America shut down its booming breweries and distilleries, but industry survived into the mid 1900s. By the 1980s, jobs disappeared and the neighborhood suffered. Today, there is a slow resurgence of businesses, mostly on Girard Avenue. David Waxman, along with his […]

 

Lawncrest: Ever-Changing Library Offers Knowledge to the Neighborhood

Lawncrest: Ever-Changing Library Offers Knowledge to the Neighborhood

The Lawncrest branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is making a difference in this Northeast Philadelphia community by serving as a resource for residents to get help and information about a variety of topics. Lawncrest resident Barbara Futch makes the trip to the library twice a week. “I come here for the books, I come here to […]

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Lancaster Avenue: Five Great Eateries Worth Visiting

Lancaster Avenue: Five Great Eateries Worth Visiting

The Lancaster Avenue corridor in West Philadelphia is  home to many small businesses, including ethnic restaurants, specifically Korean and Jamaican. While these restaurants may not look like the jazziest places to dine from the outside, local customers value the restaurants for filling their bellies on a daily basis. One of the most popular eateries in the […]

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