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Announcing September’s 2nd Saturday Street Art Tour: Bella Vista

August 16, 2017

Y’all, this past weekend’s 2nd Saturday Street Art Tour exploring the Spring Arts/Eraserhood neighborhood was a blast. And I’m so excited to announce September’s tour today…

Join me September 9th for my 2nd Saturday Street Art Tour: Bella Vista! This two-hour, guided walking tour will explore the street art, graffiti, murals – and more! – of Philadelphia’s Bella Vista, Queen Village, and South Street neighborhoods. Hosted my me, Conrad Benner.

Get your ticket(s) now here!

Yarnbomb photo by artist Binding Things.

Studio Visit: Ephemeroh

August 22, 2017

Welcome to Studio Visit, a new Streets Dept interview series that will explore Philly-area artists and the spaces they work in!

To kick off this new series, today we’ll be interviewing up-and-coming Philly street artist Ephemeroh and touring his Kensington studio, then joining him as he installs of one of his latest wheatpastes…

“I decided to do street art about two years ago after moving from West Philly to West Kensington. My roomate at the time, Pyramid Oracle, was a street artist and he put me on to it.”

Ephemeroh has easily become one of Philly’s most exciting-to-watch new street artists over the last couple of years. His painterly, abstract style is unique amongst our city’s current roster of talented street artists, and as any reader of this blog knows there are many talented street artists right now. And while Ephemeroh is relatively new to putting his art on the street, he’s been an artist most of his life. Consistently active for the last 12 years, he even spent three of those years as a visual studies major at the University of Pennsylvania before dropping out. Read more…

Photos of the Eclipse in Philly

August 21, 2017

What is an eclipse if not sky art visible from the street – cosmic street art, if you will! (Thank you for letting me try to tie this post into the rest of the blog.)

Had the chance today to watch the eclipse from the roof of 990 Spring Garden Street, thanks to the kind folks at Arts & Crafts Holdings. Now, I have absolutely no idea how to shoot an eclipse, as you’ll be able to tell from these photos. Nevertheless I tired, because…once in a lifetime thing and all. Hope you enjoy!

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Streets Dept Partners with WeFilmPhilly to Showcase Philly from New Angles

August 20, 2017

Y’all: Over the next 12 months, Streets Dept will be documenting Philly’s public art and architecture in ways I’ve never to be able to before. So excited to announce a new partnership today with WeFilmPhilly!

WeFilmPhilly is a new, Philadelphia-based (duh!) video production company that specializes in high quality drone aerial photography, aerial 4K video, and video production. Together, WeFilmPhilly and Streets Dept will collaborate on a series of 12 videos to be released monthly over the next year that explores Philly’s public art and architecture from above with aerial drone footage and sound recorded from the ground.

This is apart of WeFilmPhilly’s new #PhillyMinute campaign, which aims to collaborate with local creatives on one-minute videos celebrating the incredible city around us. So, while Streets Dept is the first collaborator and our partnership will extend over the next year, WeFilmPhilly is also looking to work with Philadelphia area artists, Instagrammers, and local businesses and institutions on individual videos exploring Philly in a minute. If you’re interested in collaborating with WePhillyPhilly, reach out to them here.

For our first video, we wanted to start at the center of our city, home to easily the most iconic architectural gem in the city, and record the sights and sounds of a minute at City Hall. Hope you enjoy – and stay tuned, much more to come!

The View from the Roof of 448 North 10th Street

August 16, 2017

Every once in a while I get the rare opportunity to explore the roof of a building around Philly. I think this happens because I’ve made my love for this city pretty clear over the last 6+ years of running this blog. And if I love anything more than posting photos of art in the public space around Philly, it’s posting a unique shot of our skyline.

Well this last week, as I was walking through Spring Arts making final notes and changes to my first 2nd Saturday Street Art Tour of the neighborhood, I ran into Kelly from Arts & Crafts Holdings, who I knew through co-organizing Collective Action. (We rented an Arts & Crafts Holdings space at 990 Spring Garden for the first Collective Action event.) And to my delight, she invited me to check out the incredible views from their soon-to-be-open building at 448 North 10th street. Views that include, if you look carefully at the very last photo of this post, the current state of the Rail Park‘s Phase One, which is set to open very soon!

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And Here’s How that New ‘Welcome to Fishtown’ Mural Got Made

August 14, 2017

 You may remember last month that a new mural joined the Fishtown streetscape, a fish friendly(?) welcome sign commissioned by V.U.R.T., a new Philly-area mural painting non-profit. The mural was created and designed by V.U.R.T.’s Evan Lovett in collaboration with Glossblack.

Well today I got a video of the mural being made, which I always find interesting to see. Check it out for yourself above!

Video was made by Wes Genarie, with drone operation by Binh Le. Music by The Passion HiFi.

The Streets of Philly Are About to Experience Parades of Artistic, Civically Inspired Performances: Here’s What You Need to Know

August 12, 2017

(Cranes in photos by Alison Dilworth, windmills by Dayton Castleman)

UPDATE (8/15): Today’s event at Broad Street Ministry has been postponed because of the rain, check out Philadelphia Assembled’s events calendar shortly to see a new day/time for that Move-In event.

In the meantime, I’d like to invite y’all to join me for an equally visual (aka Instagrammable) Philadelphia Assembled Move-In event, Visages of the Underground: Economic Sovereignty, taking place this Thursday, August 17 from 7-9pm starting at the African Cultural Art Forum, 221 South 52nd street (52nd street between Walnut and Locust streets.) This Move-in event will see Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez of Amber Art and Design traveling the carved wooden boat from the site of the African Cultural Art Forum along Lancaster Avenue, a route that leads from the outer edges of the city directly into its center, where they will continue along the path of the Schuylkill River towards the Museum. In doing so, Amber Arts is engaging indigenous histories, the traverses of illegal immigrants, past and modern passages from slavery to freedom, and those who are forced to travel under persecution – each following nature-provided markers and pathways… Hope to see y’all there!

So excited to tell y’all that Philadelphia Assembled is about to take over the Philadelphia Museum of Art‘s Perelman Building and I will be covering the Move-In! This will be the first in a series of collaborations I’ll be partnering with the Philadelphia Museum of Art for over the next few months, all to document and explore their Philadelphia Assembled exhibition, a project that joins art and civic engagement. If you missed it, click here to read my announcement of this partnership from last week.

So what’s this “Move-In?”

Starting next week, Philadelphia Assembled collaborators working alongside Amber Art and Design will create a series of performances to bring art objects, conversations, and installations from the Philadelphia Assembled public sites across the city to the PMA’s Perelman Building. These Move-In events are free and open to the public, and you can learn more about all of them here.

I’ll be live-documenting three of these Move-Ins next week on @StreetsDept’s Instagram and Instagram Story feed, so be sure to follow along there.

Of all the Move-Ins, there’s one in particular that’s relatively centrally located and going to be especially visual (aka Instagrammable,) and I don’t think you’ll want to miss. That’s the Visages of the Underground: Sanctuary Move-In performance. For this Move-In, Philadelphia Assembled collaborators and Amber Art and Design will move paper cranes from Broad Street Ministry through the streets of Center City and into the PMA’s Perelman Building. These cranes usually hang atop Broad Street Ministry’s sanctuary space where they soar above the food and fellowship offered to a large portion of the city’s homeless population. Inside the cranes are message from BSM clients and residents. Carrying the BSM spirit of “radical hospitality,” the passage of these objects symbolizes the movement of this space of shelter and welcome to the Museum.

Please join us for this Move-In performance on Tuesday, August 15th from 3-5pm starting at Broad Street Ministry at 315 South Broad Street (on Broad between Spruce and Pine streets.) Hope to see y’all there!

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