• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Fairmount Arts Crawl Celebrates Local Artists and Venues

The 8th annual Fairmount Arts Crawl attracted more than 70 local artists, featured more than 45 local businesses and filled Fairmount Ave sidewalks with visitors on Sunday, April 29.

“It’s called the Fairmount Arts Crawl, so it certainly celebrates art, but it’s really a larger celebration of the neighborhood,” said Kevin Moran, communications director for the Fairmount CDC, which organized the event.

The sunny weather Sunday afternoon helped the event draw large crowds to storefronts and sidewalk displays along Fairmount Ave between 20th Street and Pennsylvania Ave.

Craig Miller made a trip to the city from Huntington Valley with his wife and three kids specifically for Arts Crawl. The Millers were one of many families participating in the kid-friendly events including face painting, crafts and storytelling.

Along Fairmount Ave vendors like Ross Brown said they were happy with the event and the warm weather. Brown, a Philadelphia-based artist, said he hopes future Fairmount Arts Crawls draw even more artists.

“Somehow word has to get out to that artists to come and that it’s a good event,” Brown said.

The Fairmount CDC plans to host the event next year, Moran said. In the meantime, the organization will celebrate its 10-year anniversary and the first Fairmount Restaurant Week, scheduled in conjunction with the grand opening of the Barnes Foundation this May.

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