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    • Residents of the Grays Ferry neighborhood attended a Civic Engagement Academy hosted by the Philadelphia Commission of Human Relations at the Williams Temple CME Church. (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

Philly's Civic Engagement Academy expanding to meet booming demand

Since late November, the city's Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service has received at least one request per day from people interested in volunteer opportunities—a rate that far surpasses the…

    • 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…

    • Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills: Indego orientation at Lutheran Settlement House | Samantha Maldonado

Indego meets Internet literacy in course helping adults learn both

As Jennifer Kobrin, Program Manager at the Office of Adult Education, led the orientation of the third cohort of the Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills (DSBT) program, she explained to…

    • Chester Arthur schoolyard, construction in progress

Schoolyard redesign at Chester Arthur to support inquiry-driven learning

As the students of Chester Arthur School started the new school year, they noticed orange safety barriers traversing their schoolyard and snaking around the parking lot. The schoolyard is under construction…

    • Confucius Plaza, ready for 10th Street Thursday | Samantha Maldonado

Pop-up programming in Chinatown enlivens a plaza for community

A plaza over an expressway isn't the most intuitive or desirable place to spend time, and it can be easy to miss. This proved true for Ann Lee, who had never…

    • Herb Henschke refills his water bottle at a kiosk near the Fairmount Water Works. | Samantha Maldonado

Drink Tap: Public water kiosks help Philly hydrate on Schuylkill River Trail

It's been nearly three months since the Philadelphia Water Department installed four new, blue water kiosks along the Schuylkill River Drive between the Water Works and East Falls. Each kiosk urges…

    • The Fairmount Launch at the Oval, 2016

Fairmount Park Conservancy launches new guide for enjoying Fairmount Park

The Fairmount Park Conservancy has released a new guide of Fairmount Park, titled 50 Unique Experiences in Fairmount Park. Recognizing that the 2,050-acre park can be intimidating and overwhelming, the…

    • Shakespeare in Clark Park, 2016 | Samantha Maldonado

Seeking common ground through Shakespeare in Clark Park

Now in its eleventh season, Shakespeare in Clark Park (SCP) staged five free nights of The Two Gentlemen of Verona for its loyal audiences in West Philly from July 27 through…

    • Street tree, rowhouses

Philly mapped street trees for smarter maintenance

Philadelphia has hundreds of thousands of trees, but it has never had a comprehensive inventory of its street trees—until now. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation now has a complete digital record of…

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