Community Development & Economic Impact

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.
Blog Post
Posted November 4, 2011
Zulmarie Nazario, a 16-year-old junior at Palumbo high school in South Philadelphia, is a testament to the power of arts education. She has been painting and drawing at the Fleisher Art Memorial just about every week since she came here from Puerto Rico three years ago. "I feel like a totally different person when I come to Fleisher," said Zulmarie. "It allows me to express my feelings and not be afraid of being judged or self-conscious."
Blog Post
Posted October 31, 2011
Take 70 or so leaders who mix creativity with a passion for the civic good. Invite them to expand their circles of connection and their aspirations. Throw in a hilarious five-minute video. Then season the mix with craft beer and hot hors d-oeuvres. What would you get? You'd get the scene at World Café Live last week when Leadership Philadelphia brought together most of its roster of the region's Creative Connectors, under-the-radar leaders selected via a public survey earlier this year.
Blog Post
Posted October 28, 2011
WE’RE #1! WE’RE #1! Please excuse the excitement but this is a pretty cool deal. According to Travel and Leisure Magazine‘s America’s Favorite Cities survey 2011, Philadelphia is the best city in the nation for culture. In addition, Philadelphia was also rated as No. 3 city for “Food, Drink and Restaurants,” #1 for “Sports-Crazed” and a top-five city for shopping.
Blog Post
Posted October 26, 2011
Charities are protesting Congressional plans to gradually phase out the discounts they receive for mail appeals and other materials. Today nonprofits pay 26 percent less, on average, than businesses to send direct-mail solicitations and other communications to supporters. Those mailings are important for many big groups; while electronic appeals have taken off in recent years, few large nonprofits have found anything as effective for fund raising as direct mail.
Blog Post
Posted October 25, 2011
As more and more murals are being created on walls and other public spaces throughout Philadelphia, its international reputation as “The City of Murals” is becoming more and more impressive. You’ll know why the City of Brotherly Love has earned this title when you gaze in wonder at some of the awesome outdoor art enhancing its many diverse neighborhoods.
Blog Post
Posted October 25, 2011
Days are colder. Nights are longer. The tomatoes are gone and the flowers are browning. It's a bittersweet time for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is removing a temporary garden nestled among downtown Philadelphia office buildings for good.
Blog Post
Posted October 20, 2011
The Mural Arts Program has launched a restoration fund, which will be used to maintain the more than 3,000 murals in Philadelphia. But it might not save a beloved wall in South Philadelphia.
Blog Post
Posted October 18, 2011
Since the city dubbed a 3.5-mile stretch of Broad Street the Avenue of the Arts in 1993, most of the action has happened south of City Hall. With the addition of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, South Broad has lived up to its reputation as the city's cultural heart. The northern half of the arts district, from City Hall to Glenwood Avenue, has always been a harder sell. It's pockmarked with vacant lots, and the derelict Divine Lorraine Hotel at Ridge and Fairmount Avenues stands like a glaring symbol of blight. But in the past year, major projects have opened, and more than $500 million in new development is planned for the stretch of North Broad from City Hall to Temple University.
Blog Post
Posted October 13, 2011
Philadelphia's creative movers and shakers have been outed. The community organization Leadership Philadelphia identified 76 Creative Connectors through an online nomination and voting process.
Professional Development Event
Posted October 13, 2011

Pennsylvania’s political and philanthropic leaders will gather on Saturday evening, October 15 at Devereux’s 13th annual Gala to honor Thomas A. "Buck" Riley, Jr., founder of the law firm Riley, Riper, Hollin and Colagreco, with the 2011 Cheryl & Howard Hassman Devereux Leadership Award.

More than 450 people are expected to attend the Gala at the Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue Ballroom from 6:30 PM – 12:00 AM. All proceeds will benefit Devereux and its mission to provide innovative, quality care to the 4,700 children and adults annually served in southeast Pennsylvania.

Blog Post
Posted October 13, 2011
A new type of company intended to put social goals ahead of making profits is taking root around the country, as more states adopt laws to bridge the divide between nonprofits and businesses.
Blog Post
Posted October 12, 2011
On October 4th more than 70 people who live or work in Montgomery County gathered at the Ambler Theater to learn about Creative Montco, a cultural planning initiative for the county.
Blog Post
Posted October 11, 2011
Arts journalism nationwide has taken a beating during the recession, but a group of Charlotte media outlets including the Observer hopes to help reverse the trend with the aid of a $20,000 grant announced Monday. The project is one of five across the United States being backed by the National Endowment for the Arts and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The projects are finalists in the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge, which is looking for ways to use technology "to reach new audiences and ... engage people in new ways," said the foundation's vice president, Dennis Scholl, on Monday.
Blog Post
Posted October 11, 2011
This fall, 13 vacant windows and buildings along Lancaster Avenue in the Powelton section have been transformed by art. The display, paid for in part by a $30,000 city grant, will remain until Nov. 30.
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