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Streets Dept Podcast – SN 3, EP 17: Anna Shipp and Building A Just, Green, and Thriving Economy

September 22, 2020

Welcome back to the Streets Dept Podcast, y’all! The Streets Dept Podcast is one-on-one interview podcast where I, your host Conrad Benner, sit down with the creative minds shaping the world around us, from Philadelphia and beyond. Creative minds like street artists, poets, activists, politicians, small business owners, and community organizers.

Today, we’ll be chatting with Anna Shipp! Anna is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia! And she has dedicated her career to social and economic equality and climate resilience.

Prior to the Sustainable Business Network, Anna worked with opportunity youth, empowering them through important educational, recreational, and career-building opportunities. She also worked with people experiencing chronic unemployment or underemployment, providing them with the resources they needed to overcome barriers and regain financial independence. Anna has also worked with several local, state, and national parks on multi-stage projects to reduce erosion from stormwater runoff, improve habitat, and enhance visitors’ experience.

In today’s episode, Anna and I chat about building a just, green, and thriving economy centered by local, independent businesses. We also discuss the challenges that systemic racism and COVID-19 present in creating that economy.

Check out my conversation with Anna Shipp below, or on any major podcast streaming platform by searching “Streets Dept Podcast”!

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Local Artists Create Chalk Mural to Remind Philadelphians About Their Last Chance to Vote Early in the 2020 Election

October 26, 2020

Did y’all catch this awesome temporary chalk mural installed at LOVE Park this past weekend?

Designed by Bill Strobel and executed by Bill, TAMEARTZ, Jeannie Zimmerman, and Ava Leibovitz, it was created to promote the last few days of early voting in PA. And the mural was made entirely of chalk (and not chalk paint, actual chalk), so that does mean it’s beginning to be washed away by now. You can read a bit more about this work on TAMEARTZ’s Instagram here!

And about early voting in PA: TOMORROW (Tuesday, 10/27) is your last day to vote early in-person in Philly if you have yet to request a Vote by Mail ballot. You can watch this video I made for the #MailboxVoters project I created with Jack Sharples to learn a bit more. And be sure you’re following our @MailboxVoters Instagram account for regular news and updates on how to vote confidently this election.

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Lauren Cat West Paints SEPTA’s South Broad Street Underground Concourse

October 25, 2020

Loving this new project from Philly-based artist Lauren Cat West, Mural Arts Philadelphia, SEPTA, and Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) that’s painting about 200 columns throughout SEPTA’s South Broad Street underground concourse!

One thing that makes this project particularly special is that in addition to artist Lauren Cat West the columns are being painted by 10 participants through a Mural Arts and DBHIDS collaborative program that offers low-barrier work opportunities to Philadelphians experiencing economic insecurity. (Read more about the ongoing program here.)

Kicked off last winter just before COVID-19 and ultimately put on pause, this concourse column project was restarted last month. And it should be finished sometime this November. As someone who uses SEPTA and this concourse often, I absolutely love how this fun, colorful series has brightened the underground!

Chad States Creates COVID-friendly Art Show on Spring Garden Street

October 25, 2020

In love with this installation by Philly artist Chad States that’s installed in a currently vacant warehouse space in Spring Arts!

Designed for our COVID times, the artwork is actually meant to be viewed from the outside: from the glass windows/door along Spring Garden Street between 10th and 11th Streets. The installation is titled The Light Is Coming to Give Back Everything The Darkness Stole, and it’s best viewed at night (yes, it stays lit all night)!

Biden/Harris “Vote” Mural Pops Up in South Philly

October 25, 2020

Love this new “Vote Biden/Harris” wheatpaste mural located at Broad and Fitzwater Streets in South Philly! Designed by Amber Art & Design team member Ernel Martinez, the mural was installed by Keir JohnstonSamuel Rodriguez, and volunteers from Walls for Justice.

And y’all, if you’re still not sure about voting in this election, here’s what I think: Biden/Harris will do the most good for the most people compared to the only other option. It’s really that simple. Vote.

To the Polls 2020: Exhibition Archive

October 20, 2020

Welcome to the exhibition archive for To the Polls 2020, this is a space to record the murals and artist’s statements!

To the Polls 2020 is a mural exhibition taking place the month of October 2020 and through Election Day, November 3, in LOVE Park, Philadelphia. Organized and curated by Streets Dept’s Conrad Benner with support from Mural Arts Philadelphia and WHYY, the exhibition worked with six Philly-based artists to create six temporary 8×12-foot murals to rally the Philadelphia community around civic participation through the act of voting. A seventh mural structure features the works of various artists who can’t legally vote to amplify the voices of the disenfranchised.

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