Community Development & Economic Impact

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.
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.
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