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Announcing Our 2022 Streets Dept Membership Benefits

February 3, 2022

Today we’re excited to announce our 2022 Streets Dept Patreon membership benefits! Direct support from you, our readers, helps us maintain and foster this journalism effort. And in return, we’re offering you exclusive content, printed Streets Dept publications, and access to walking tours/events! 

Who should subscribe to our Streets Dept Patreon:

  • Longtime followers who want to show us some support!
  • Lovers of independent journalism
  • Anyone who’d like to continue to see less advertising across Streets Dept 
  • Folks who want to gain access to exclusive content, printed Streets Dept materials, and walking tours/events

Why we’ve chosen Patreon: We launched our Patreon in May of 2021 as a response to the loss of advertisers during the pandemic. And in moving from a more ad-support journalism effort into a more reader-supported one, we’ve been able to create so much more reporting, commentary, and resources—and even our very first print magazine! Moving into 2022 and beyond, we see direct support from you, our followers, as key to building our sustainability and growing this blog to eventually invite more journalists, writers, and photographers to contribute. In short, the more we can count on you, our readers, the more we can offer!

Our 2022 Member Benefits: We’ve learned a lot from our first 9 months on Patreon. And thanks to a recent survey we sent to our members, we have a much better sense of the kinds of benefits you’re most interested in receiving from us. So like any creative effort, we’ll be refreshing benefits periodically to refine what we do best and continue to offer new and exciting things!

How To Become A Member: Simply click on this link, choose a membership tier, and Patreon’s platform will get you all set up!

We love exploring, celebrating, and reporting on Philadelphia’s street art, public art, and public space, and we’re excited to continue to do so with your support. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! 

Conrad Benner + Eric Dale

Streets Dept Podcast: Rick Krajewski On The Power And Possibility Of The PA State House

May 15, 2022

On today’s episode host Conrad Benner is joined by Rick Krajewski. Krajewski is a State Representative running for his second term serving PA’s 188th District. He is a progressive Democrat in a PA Congress which has Republicans in control of both chambers of the state legislature. As he comes to the end of his first two-year term and runs for his second, we discuss the obstacles and opportunities of working in this congress, especially over the last two years with the added challenges created by Covid. And we talk about his goals for a second term, one he’ll likely serve if he beats his Primary challenger in the coming May 17th elections.

Check out the episode below, or on any major podcast streaming platform by searching “Streets Dept Podcast”!

Be sure to subscribe to the Streets Dept Podcast on SpotifyStitcherApple Podcasts, or any major podcast streaming platform to receive new episodes as soon as they’re published, and please feel free to rate and write a review of the podcast on those platforms to help others find it. (Truly, rating and reviewing podcasts, particularly on Apple Podcasts, helps us so much, so thank you for doing that.)

The Streets Dept Podcast is part of the RADIOKISMET family of podcasts. Each episode is mixed and edited by our brilliant audio engineer, Mike Mehalick. Graphics created by Eric Dale, and podcast logo by Linette Messina Kielinski (photographer) and Janelle Munro (stylist)!

Philly Artists: Here’s A $5k Grant You Should Apply For Right Now

May 9, 2022
Image: Cesar Viveros, 2021 Velocity Fund Grantee, Collaborative artwork at Iglesias Gardens

Applying for grants can be intimidating and confusing, and I’m speaking from personal experience. And that’s why today I’m so excited to tell y’all about The Velocity Fund!

Now in its fifth year, The Velocity Fund directly supports artists throughout the city of Philadelphia by awarding grants up to $5,000 for community-focused projects. Past winners include Arien Wilkerson, Cesar Viveros, Lori Waselchuk and more (see all of 2021’s winners here.)

The Velocity Fund was established in 2018 with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, whose regional regranting supports vibrant under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with local cultural institutions. The Velocity Fund is administered by Philadelphia Contemporary, an art organization whose mission is to connect the people and places of Philadelphia through art and partnership.

Who can apply? Individual visual artists​ and​ artist run spaces/collectives who are located within the city limits ​of Philadelphia. And this application process is so straightforward. Please, if you’ve ever had a negative experience applying for a grant before, cast those hesitations aside and look into applying for this grant now. This is money waiting for awesome local artists who want to create impactful projects!

CLICK HERE to learn how to apply today. The deadline to apply is June 6.

And, if you have questions or want help with the process, join Philadelphia Contemporary for one of their three remaining Grant Application Info Sessions! During these sessions, The Velocity Fund team will answer questions about the application process and introduce past and current projects:

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 6pm
    • In-Person Event: Hosted by Philadelphia Folklore Project
    • Featuring 2021 Grantee Cesar Viveros
    • Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S 50th Street
    • RSVP here!
  • Friday, May 20, 2022 at 1pm
    • In Person Event: Joint Information Session with Leeway Foundation
    • Cherry Street Pier, 121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
    • RSVP here!
  • Thursday, June 2 at 1pm
    • On-Line Event: Joint Information Session with NextFab
    • Featuring 2021 Grantee Maria Dumlao
    • RSVP here!

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity, Philly!

Streets Dept Podcast: Alexandra Hunt On Running For Congress

May 5, 2022

On today’s episode host Conrad Benner is joined by Alexandra Hunt. Hunt is a public health researcher, a girls’ soccer coach, an advocate for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, and an organizer who’s running for election to the United States House of Representatives from the 3rd district of Pennsylvania. Running to the left of her Democratic opponent in this month’s Primaries, Hunt has employed her past experience to develop an out-of-the-box campaign that’s currently raised nearly $500,000 and earned lot of national and international attention.

Check out the episode below, or on any major podcast streaming platform by searching “Streets Dept Podcast”!

Be sure to subscribe to the Streets Dept Podcast on SpotifyStitcherApple Podcasts, or any major podcast streaming platform to receive new episodes as soon as they’re published, and please feel free to rate and write a review of the podcast on those platforms to help others find it. (Truly, rating and reviewing podcasts, particularly on Apple Podcasts, helps us so much, so thank you for doing that.)

The Streets Dept Podcast is part of the RADIOKISMET family of podcasts. Each episode is mixed and edited by our brilliant audio engineer, Mike Mehalick. Graphics created by Eric Dale, and podcast logo by Linette Messina Kielinski (photographer) and Janelle Munro (stylist)!

New Philly Mural Hopes To Raise Bail Money To Free Black Mothers By Mother’s Day

May 2, 2022

Last Friday, I was invited by the People’s Paper Co-op (PPC) to document the installation of their latest mural aimed at bringing attention to an art-centered fundraising effort to buy the freedom of Black mothers, caregivers, and gender-non-conforming people behind bars in time for Mother’s Day.

Since 2018, the PPC, an art and activism project focused on women in reentry based at The Village of Arts and Humanities, has teamed up with the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund for the annual campaign.

The PPC fellows, a group of formerly incarcerated women, collaborate with artists from across North America to create abolitionist art. All art sales help the Bail Fund #FreeBlackMamas. The PPC’s artwork has raised over $170,000 for the cause in the last three years.

Every dollar helps: Click here to buy art and free women today.

See the group’s 2021 mural here.

Artist Lindsay Bedford Creates A “Procession” Of Love To Philly Public Art On Percy Street

May 2, 2022

This week, Philly-based artist Lindsay Bedford (aka Truth On The Wind) completed her first mural to-date with support from Mural Arts Philadelphia: a temporary road mural on Percy Street in South Philly titled “Percy Street Pedal Procession”!

“The installation is a series of rose petals that range is size,” artist Lindsey Bedford explains. “And they’re supposed to create an almost otherworldly experience paying homage to love. Especially love for public art and public art in the city of Philadelphia.”

Creating this mural on the ground along the entire Percy Street Project street, which is already home to so many mural and street art on its walls, is such a cool idea. It’s also so clever how this “procession” mural leads people through the street’s other murals, acting as a guide of sorts. I really love this!

This mural will last as long as the elements allow it to last, so if this artwork interests you plan to see it sooner than later!

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