Community Development & Economic Impact

Blog Post
Posted December 12, 2011
Along the west side of Broad Street, on a once-fabled block, the neon beer signs lighting the storefront deli window draw regular traffic. The shuttered Uptown Theater next door, where James Brown once shimmied, Diana Ross cooed, and live bands battled, also, finally, shows signs of life: construction fence, hard-hatted workers, squealing power tools. And come Christmas Eve, there is hope the grand marquee, dark for decades, will shine again.
Blog Post
Posted December 12, 2011
Buildings crumble and die virtually daily, and some are so important to the people of the city that their loss is a source of great pain. But historic preservation is usually debated around issues of aesthetics and architectural history, not tattered holes in the community or the cultural fabric. This year, however, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is making an important shift in its ninth annual Endangered Properties List.
Professional Development Event
Posted December 8, 2011
This webinar will provide a detailed walk through to the pARTnership Movement website, filled with local examples of how to use the various elements, including talking points on how the arts can help businesses. Speakers TBD.
Blog Post
Posted December 7, 2011
After their youngest child finished high school in June, destined for college, Janice and John Potts lost no time bolting from New Jersey. By the end of July, the longtime Haddonfield residents were cheerfully ensconced in a three-bedroom rowhouse near Philadelphia's Washington Square.
Blog Post
Posted December 5, 2011
“I have found that the broken spaces are my living canvas,” Yeh says. “In our brokenness, our hearts reach for beauty.” Lily Yeh was home in Philadelphia, between planes – back from Palestine, en route to Taiwan – and yet she was practically bubbling over.
Blog Post
Posted December 5, 2011
The Montgomery County Commissioners have released their FY2012 budget and it eliminates funding for the Department of Parks and Heritage Services, the Planning Commission, the Elmwood Park Zoo, and the Montgomery County/Norristown Library. It also reduces funding for the Montgomery County Community College.
Blog Post
Posted December 5, 2011
It can be risky to read too much into a survey like the "America's Favorite Cities" contest by Travel+Leisure Magazine, which just ranked Philadelphia as the top city in the nation for culture.
Blog Post
Posted December 1, 2011
Oranit Solomonov flipped through her sketchbook, pausing to smooth out a page with a colorful airplane before moving on to a jaguar, a figure labeled "Hercules" and another unlabeled portrait. The 44-year-old giggled to herself -- it was a drawing of Michael, she explained, another client at Oasis, a nonprofit that offers art- and life-skills programs for people with mental disabilities.
Blog Post
Posted November 28, 2011
The Morris Arboretum is a 92-acre botanical classroom located in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. The University of Pennsylvania operates the arboretum, as a place to teach science, art, and humanities is they relate to nature.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 28, 2011
Assistant Secretary for Aging, Kathy Greenlee will participate in a live webinar with the National Endowment for the Arts during which the the first-ever federal Interagency Research Task Force on the Arts and Human Development will be announced.
Blog Post
Posted November 22, 2011
A new housing development brings a little art to heart of Kensington. The Flats at Girard Pointe, located at 1221-1233 N. 3rd St., are festooned with a living sculpture of undulating vines and ivy leaves wrapped around more than 100 metal trellises made of galvanized steel.
Blog Post
Posted November 21, 2011
When the bottom dropped out of the economy three years ago, art museums were slammed along with virtually everyone else. Staffs were cut, salaries frozen or rolled back, exhibition and construction ambitions reined in.
Blog Post
Posted November 14, 2011
In an Overbrook church kitchen, a handful of young men on probation for a range of misdemeanors and felonies spend their Saturday morning learning the difference between braising and frying.
Blog Post
Posted November 14, 2011
It is a place that celebrates the liberating expression of architecture, outsider art and even Bastille Day street parties. And it is a prison.
Blog Post
Posted November 10, 2011
The Roots will be honored in their Philadelphia hometown with a mural set to be completed in July 2012. The multimedia installation will include video, online interaction, a storefront art studio for community workshops and a youth arts curriculum called "Roots 101."
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
Blog Post
Posted November 9, 2011
Three big letters graced the stage at the Temple Performing Arts Center on Tuesday: capital T, capital E, capital D. The event was TEDx Philly: The City. About 600 people had come for a global exercise in fresh thinking, to reenvision Philadelphia as, in the words of kickoff speaker Mayor Nutter, "the city of the 21st century."
Blog Post
Posted November 7, 2011
Jackie Hargrave tended the "Healing Garden" created by block residents with the aid of CosaCosa Art at Large, a Manayunk art organization. The garden, with its mosaic wall, bench, and posts at the corner of Marvine and Venango Streets, is in part a memorial to Hargrave's mother, Margaret.
Blog Post
Posted November 7, 2011
Seven arts and entertainment consultants have been sent Requests for Proposals to guide the 311 W. Main Street Task Force in its goal toward refurbishing the former performing arts center in Lansdale.
Blog Post
Posted November 4, 2011
On a fair weather First Friday, Old City bustles with galleries full of people and streets lined with craft vendors, musicians and performers. It's positively festive. But every day across Philadelphia, artist-run collectives present a different art scene that in many ways is more exciting.
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