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Point Breeze: Hand-Poke Tattoos Driven By Ancient Spirituality

Point Breeze: Hand-Poke Tattoos Driven By Ancient Spirituality

Cultural appropriation is a hot topic in today’s world as people become more and more aware of diversity and the challenges faced by minority groups all around the globe. And the world of tattooing is no exception. Tattoo artist Eliza Mae uses their art form as a way to transform a practice sometimes accused of […]

 By Aaron Stevens and Christine Mattson

Chestnut Hill: Wellspring at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields

Chestnut Hill: Wellspring at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields

[vimeo 75819579] The Church of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields in Chestnut Hill is reviving spirituality in the community with its new program, Wellspring. The program’s intent is to provide an outlet for a less structured religious experience. “Wellspring is an attempt to offer [inner spirituality] to more people so they don’t have to leave the church to find inner […]

 By Gabrielle Holak

University City: ArtWell Programs Inspire Youth

University City: ArtWell Programs Inspire Youth

ArtWell, formerly known as the Arts and Spirituality Center, teaches students to use art and communication to help combat the personal struggles of everyday life. The nonprofit organization, located at 3723 Chestnut St., works with the youth of Philadelphia to expand their horizons and open their eyes to the endless possibilities in store for them. […]

 By Gabrielle Holak and Michael Brady

University City: Buddhist Meditation Heals at Studio 34

University City: Buddhist Meditation Heals at Studio 34

Seven women and two men sat rigidly still on metal chairs as Salena Alberti, a teacher from the Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center, dictated the proper methods of meditation. “Just allow your mind to rest at the tip of your nostrils,” Alberti said in a pleasant monotone. Alberti leads a Buddhist mediation class at Studio 34, […]

 By Niesha Miller and Shawn Kotzen

Hunting Park: Esperanza Health Center Provides Care for the Community

Hunting Park: Esperanza Health Center Provides Care for the Community

Along with an experienced bilingual staff, heath and wellness programs, and a connection to the Christian faith, the Esperanza Health Center has added a medical dispensary to its growing list of patient amenities. The Esperanza Health Center, located on the 4417 N. Sixth St., is a haven for residents who want their medical care and […]

 By Shawn Kotzen and Niesha Miller

Hunting Park: Healthcare Center Provides More Than Just Medical Treatment

Hunting Park: Healthcare Center Provides More Than Just Medical Treatment

Tucked away on an unassuming, hidden street that runs on a diagonal path, the Esperanza Health Center has been serving the Hunting Park neighborhood since December. Located on 4417 N. Sixth St., the primary-care facility is a key component of the community-wide revitalization that has positively affected the area in the last few years. The […]