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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 […]

 

Mantua: Traction Company Gives Artists a Place to Work Together

Mantua: Traction Company Gives Artists a Place to Work Together

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average change for all occupations is projected to be an 11 percent increase from 2012 to 2022. However, they expect a 1 percent decrease in professional artists. The Traction Company hopes to be an exception to this less-than-optimistic job outlook. “We’re trying to create a stable hub for art making,” […]

 

Waterfront: Artist Jody Pinto Restoring Pier Through Art

Waterfront: Artist Jody Pinto Restoring Pier Through Art

Artist Jody Pinto envisioned her ancestors traveling to Philadelphia by ship, staring out at the land ahead. With that, she came up with the idea for the Washington Avenue Pier sculpture Land Buoy. The sculpture honors a part of the Delaware River Waterfront somewhat unrecognized for its storied past. This is an area Philadelphians are finally starting […]

 By Micaella J. Wesley and Samuel Scimeca

Powelton Village: New Sculpture Beautifies 40th Street

Powelton Village: New Sculpture Beautifies 40th Street

The People’s Emergency Center‘s mission is to nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods and advance change in West Philadelphia. “One of the suggestions, which came out of our recent neighborhood planning process, was the desire to turn up the volume on the local arts scene,” said Kevin Musselman, manager of  Neighborhood and Resource Planning at PEC. “We believe that installing public […]

 By Damon Fillman and Julie Achilles

Manayunk: Weekend on Ice

Manayunk: Weekend on Ice

Sometimes a bitter winter season can keep an entire neighborhood indoors until it’s time to visit the local baseball team’s spring training, but last weekend Manayunk held an outdoors ice sculpting event that attracted hundreds to Main Street. The event, dubbed Manayunk on Ice, celebrated the ice sculptures of over 30 different artists whom displayed […]