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    • Unveiled in September, 2017, the Octavius V. Catto is Philadelphia's first statute to African-American on city property
Eyes on the Street

Monument Lab provided more questions than answers

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s temporary exhibition, Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project, ended on November 19th. It asked: “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?”…

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Eyes on the Street

Mayor Rizzo’s discriminatory housing policies: confronting our past and present

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently announced that the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo before the Municipal Services Building is to be relocated. Much of the discussion has centered on discrimination,…

    • Monument Lab, Spring 2015
Eyes on the Street

As Philadelphia reflects on its monuments, some more questions to ask

Mural Arts' Monument Lab wants to know, “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” It’s a great question, but I want to suggest a few more to…

    • Frank Rizzo and Trump Rat
Eyes on the Street

Monumental matters in Philadelphia

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s temporary exhibition, Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project, asks: “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” In the wake of…

    • Unveiled in September, 2017, the Octavius V. Catto is Philadelphia's first statute to African-American on city property
Eyes on the Street

Philadelphia’s statues and memorials don’t look like Philadelphia

Mural Arts’ Monument Lab asks the city’s residents: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? PlanPhilly is publishing some responses from our readership. Want to contribute to…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop

Art is compromising: Commission OKs city’s plan to replace, but reuse, Chestnut Street’s stained-glass bus shelters

At the beginning of the year, the City of Philadelphia attempted to replace Chestnut Street’s bus shelters with new ones, which would have meant the deaccessioning of stained-glass art installations that…

    • Exterior View/Entry Plaza for Zoo Restaurant

Party Animals: Zoo gets preliminary OK for huge new restaurant and event space

America’s First Zoo, like everyone else in this town, can’t resist a good roof deck. At Wednesday’s Art Commission meeting, the Philadelphia Zoo unveiled plans for a state-of-the-art dining facility that…

    • 'Mercury' (1828-29) in Spanish cedar (originally painted) | Philadelphia Museum of Art

Plan to install replicas of early Water Works sculptures approved by Art Commission

A visitor to the Philadelphia Water Works today observes a different landscape than visitors did in the early 19th century. Although the gritty working waterfront is gone forever, a new preservation…

    • Rendering of Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, SaylorGregg. | May 2017 Art Commission

Faith and Liberty Discovery Center gets initial blessing from Art Commission

Independence Mall is beset by monstrously large buildings that offer no succor to tourists or to human beings of any description. Come for the Liberty Bell stay for, well, maybe the…

    • Merthus Mbonigaba at the Growing Together farm in South Philadelphia. | Catalina Jaramillo / WHYY

Seeds from home help refugees grow roots in South Philly

Growing roots in a new country? For refugees in South Philadelphia that transition is eased by growing a comforting taste from home. This story is part of an episode of The…

    • Rendering of 'Chorus Dawn' by Brent Wahl and Laynie Brown

Utility pole public art for Rail Park gets conceptual approval

Municipal meetings that feature poetry readings are rare, even at the Philadelphia Art Commission. But on Wednesday morning, at an unveiling of the percent for art installation proposed for the Rail…

    • Creative Placemaking event, Monday February 13, 2017 | courtesy of Steve Weinik, Mural Arts

Giving arts a seat at the community development table

In December, the National Endowment for the Arts released a collection of essays titled How to Do Creative Peacemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development. Jason Schupbach, the…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop| Ashley Hahn

Artist Speaks Out On City Proposal To Scrap His Work

At January’s Art Commission meeting, the city attempted to deaccession the eleven stained-glass decorated bus shelters that line Chestnut Street in Center City. The proposition stirred up a storm of opposition…

    • Reproduction of Vanna Venturi House by Ana Peñalba. | Photo courtesy of the artist and RAIR

Filthy Rich: Finding art and utility in the waste stream

Cheery mural-painted dumpsters, trash-themed movie nights, and excavators dressed up as reindeer for the holidays aren’t normally found at an industrial waste management facility. But that’s all typical for Revolution Recovery,…

    • Free Library Percent for Art - dioramas by Colette Fu | Art Commission, Jan. 2017

Art Commission supports Don Quixote pedestrian plaza, library art, but not PPA lot billboard

The Art Commission’s meeting Wednesday began the year with a bang. The contentious proposal to deaccession stained glass bus shelters on Chestnut Street consumed much of the energy, but the rest…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop

City withdraws proposal to scrap Chestnut Street's art bus shelters

In 1999 the City of Philadelphia commissioned artist Pablo Tauler to adapt 11 bus shelters on Chestnut Street in Center City with site-specific designs. Tauler transformed the drab little pods with…

    • Rendering of Richard Serra sculpture on the Rodin Museum grounds, presented at December 2016 Art Commission meeting

Art Commission approves Richard Serra sculpture for Parkway, redesign ahead for Holocaust Memorial

Wednesday’s Art Commission meeting opened with two major upgrades to established sites on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Timothy Rub, laid out a proposal…

    • Taller Puertorriqueño's new cultural center at North 5th and Huntingdon streets. | Emma Lee / WHYY

Latino cultural center rises in North Philly as a beacon of connections, commerce

A cultural center has taken its place in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Fairhill, designed to be the inspiration for a financially depressed community. The new building is an expansion Taller…

    • Route 47 en route | courtesy of Intersection

47 Stories: Connecting cultural communities via bus

Septa’s Route 47 bus runs the length of the city, from Whitman Plaza in South Philly to Olney in North Philadelphia, connecting immigrant and refugee communities from Asia, Africa, Europe,…

    • 9th Street Stock Exchange: Vintage fiction from Molly’s Books and Records inside Fante’s Kitchen Shop | Catalina Jaramillo

Art project asks 9th Street Market vendors to get into each other’s business

The relationship between Italians and Mexicans in the Italian Market, as described by Raúl Aguilar, owner of Los Amigos, a 7-year-old meat market in 9th and Montrose streets, goes like this:…

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