Community Development & Economic Impact

Blog Post
Posted September 7, 2011
A greenhouse of the future has risen in the center of Philadelphia's historic district. Around the corner from Independence Hall, on 5th Street near Chestnut, the American Philosophical Society has constructed a greenhouse from recycled plastic.
Blog Post
Posted September 7, 2011
Last Thursday at the Wilma, the 2011 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe was ushered in with the first show, the Philadelphia premiere of The Method Gun by the Austin-based theater troupe Rude Mechs, and a cocktail party held after the show in the lobby.
Blog Post
Posted September 2, 2011
Suddenly, there's a new garden and mural at East Passyunk and Wharton Street in South Philly where there once was dilapidated mess. But things are still a bit of a mess.
Blog Post
Posted September 2, 2011
One of the most exciting aspects of the Fringe Festival - the unjuried, anything-goes companion to the Live Arts Festival - is when it draws audiences to places they've never been before and might never have a chance to go again, whether it's a room in an unknown mansion or in the depths of a possibly haunted grotto.
Blog Post
Posted September 2, 2011
The chain-link fence is finally gone, giving pedestrians full access to the new Lenfest Plaza across from the Convention Center.
Blog Post
Posted September 2, 2011
The 15th annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival opens today for a two-week run, bringing such art forms as adventurous takes on Shakespeare to cutting-edge dance, comedy, theater and visual art to a number of venues throughout the region.
Blog Post
Posted September 1, 2011
This season, rather than using DJs as in recent years, the official Festival Bar will embrace theatrical events, performance art, and burlesque, all booked by Philly's Brat Productions and its honchos, Madi Distefano, Lee Etzold, and Jess Conda.
Blog Post
Posted August 30, 2011
After 10 years as one of the leading names in spoken-word poetry, Bassey (pronounced B-ah-see) Ikpi is retiring from the spotlight. But before the Nigerian-born Ikpi - who performed with Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on HBO and on tour - officially throws in the towel, she'll take her show, "Basseyworld Live," to Time on Thursday for one last go. Also taking the stage is the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement, which recently beat out 50 teams from across the country to take top honors at the 2011 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival.
Blog Post
Posted August 30, 2011
The Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary when it kicks off on Sept. 2. Since it began in 1997, over a quarter-million audience members have seen the works of more than 10,000 performing artists in dance, theater, music and the visual arts. A number of prominent national and international artists and companies premiere new works each year, elevating what began as a simple off-beat event to a festival of worldwide stature.
Blog Post
Posted August 30, 2011
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens began with one city lot on South Street and has since expanded to include a fully-tiled indoor space and an outdoor garden consisting of millions of mosaic tiles, statues, bicycle wheels, bottles and hand-made tiles that follow the tunnels and grottos of the multi-layered outdoor sanctuary.
Blog Post
Posted August 30, 2011
Arts organizations receiving grants in the first year of the PNC Foundation's Arts Alive initiative saw audience size increase an average of 70 percent, according to a study conducted by the foundation. Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/128650953.html#ixzz1WW3V526N
Blog Post
Posted August 29, 2011
After it closed on July 3, the Barnes Foundation in Merion locked down tighter than Guantanamo. Until the new building on Benjamin Franklin Parkway opens next summer, the fabled art collection is inaccessible. This doesn't mean, however, that the entire Barnes organism will hibernate during the hiatus. The education program, the foundation's raison d'etre, will continue through the 2011-12 academic year, albeit in a modified form.
Blog Post
Posted August 29, 2011
The Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe - 16 days and nights of sometimes experimental and risky, sometimes outré and bizarre, and frequently striking work - opens Friday, its organizers hoping this is its last nomadic season. The festival management has signed a letter of agreement to purchase a redbrick hulk of a building at Race Street and Columbus Boulevard, 10,000 square feet of space with a 30-foot ceiling that will allow high-flying circus acts as well as earthbound dance, theater, and other performances.
Blog Post
Posted August 29, 2011
Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum recently recognized more than 30 young people from the surrounding area for their extraordinary work for positive change in their schools and communities through art and creative writing, leadership, volunteer work, political involvement or peer mediation.
Professional Development Event
Posted August 25, 2011
Blog Post
Posted August 24, 2011
It’s tough to establish a certain cause-effect relationship between culture and health benefits. There are so many kinds of culture, and so many ways to respond to it. However, some fascinating studies have attempted to establish a link.
Blog Post
Posted August 23, 2011
During the past few weekends, a dozen or so budding artists have taken glue in hand to painstaking apply bits of shattered mirrors and smashed plates to the side wall of a large building. They've signed up for a course in mosaic-making under the tutelage of celebrated artist Isaiah Zagar — but not everyone is happy about their presence. That's because the quaint street that will bear the results of their work is Bradford Alley.
Blog Post
Posted August 22, 2011
The man who brought Philadelphia the Clothespin sculpture in 1976 sat in the shade of the Convention Center Saturday as his latest work, a 12,000-pound uplifted paintbrush, came together across Broad Street.
Blog Post
Posted August 22, 2011
Philadelphia’s Fairmount Art Center is expanding this fall, with the opening of the Queen Village Art Center. Located at 514 Bainbridge St., the Queen Village Art Center “will bring the seven-year-old Fairmount Art Center’s philosophy and extensive programming to another thriving Center City neighborhood.” The facility is more than 3,000 square feet, and newly renovated, featuring four studios, skylights, a kitchenette, and mixed use space that includes a library, gallery, and lounge.
Blog Post
Posted August 22, 2011
Thirty-five years after a massive clothespin descended next to City Hall and quickly became a symbol of the city, its creator is returning to give Broad Street a major brushing up.
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