This year's Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia finalists were announced today, featuring a crop of fantastic ideas for the arts in Philly that are in the running for grant funding from Knight Arts, a program of the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation.
For this year's Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia, more than 1,200 ideas were submitted by individuals, arts groups, cultural institutions, and community organizations, and these 69 rose to the top. Among them: a design competition for new bike racks, an art project to improve the appearance of "steam vent diversion pipes," a plan to convert an alley into an outdoor gallery/park space, lots of popup arts projects to activate public spaces, and beyond. Winners will be announced in spring, but for now imagine the ways each of these ideas could enrich city life.
Ashley Hahn started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from September 2015 until July 2017. She is interested in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. She holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home.