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Mural Arts Philadelphia has embarked on a groundbreaking new program putting economically insecure individuals to work creating public art with partners MHP, Scattergood Foundation, and Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health. Samantha Melamed of the Philadelphia Inquirer covered the story on the front page here.
Parks on Tap returns for 2019. The partnership of Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and FCM Hospitality kicked off in the Azalea Garden and was featured on 6abc.
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The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival returns to Franklin Square and the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Grace Dickenson gets behind the scenes to see how it all comes together. The cover story for the Do This Weekend Section is here.
Vittoria Woodill has fun with s’mores and more at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show.
Mashable: Fairmount Park Conservancy has fun with a Cheese Gritty to promote Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Very Philly Christmas
Christmas came early this Friday, when a sculpture of Gritty made out of cheese was unveiled. The Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot was crafted by expert food sculptures Jim Victor and Marie Pelton using three 40-pound bricks cheddar cheese, according to Philly Voice. We assume it had an extra sharp flavor profile – it’s what Gritty would want.
On Tuesday, Historic Philadelphia Inc., the organization that operates Franklin Square, announced the renovation of the fountain, which was built in 1837 and restored in 2006 after years of disrepair. It is the oldest functioning public water fountain in the country and the longest surviving fountain in William Penn’s original five squares in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia plans to begin closing two encampments on Wednesday and is trying to move homeless drug addicts into shelters and treatment before police move in.
Wall Street Journal reporter Jon Kamp and photographer Dominick Reuter spent several days in Kensington, including working with Prevention Point to understand the opioid crisis in Philadelphia.
Jennaphr Frederick and Amy Needle chat about the fun to be had at the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square
Mural Arts Philadelphia and the prestigious Barnes Foundation are collaborating on a series of projects with Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice program. The Associated Press highlighted one of the formerly incarcerated artists leading one of the projects, as well as some of the students and how they are benefiting from the program.
A mural on the B Street bridge in Kensington by Mural Arts Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik for Mural Arts.
Mural Arts Philadelphia is immersed in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia tackling issues around addiction through a storefront model using art to break down barriers to mental health services. Samantha Melamed of the Philadelphia Inquirer continued her series here.