Of the 54 creative placemaking projects awarded 2013-2014 ArtPlace America grants today, four went to Philly organizations planning to use art as a tool to activate public spaces and arts-based community development. Here are Philly's four winners in their respective categories:
Enliven the 37th Street Pedestrian Walkway: Department of Making + Doing won $150,000 to enliven the 37th Street pedestrian walkway in ways that express the "creative production" of the partner organizaitons - Breadboard, Hacktory, Public Workshop and NextFab - at the University City Science Center.
Penn's Landing River Stage: Delaware River Waterfront Corporation was awarded $310,000 to turn the Penn's Landing Boat Basin into a waterfront "River Stage" to enliven this public space through cultural activities.
FringeArts Plaza: FringeArts was granted $400,000 to build a plaza and performance space outside its new headquarters across from the Race Street Pier.
Destination Frankford: The Philadelphia City Planning Commission was awarded $335,150 to promote Frankford's creative assets through artistic signage and street furniture, a storefront space for artists, and an arts-related marketing campaign.
Ashley Hahn has written and edited Eyes on the Street since 2011. In September 2015 she was named interim managing editor of PlanPhilly.
Ashley has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. Ashley 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.
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