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Subscribe to Streets Dept’s Patreon Now for Access to Extra Content and Events!

May 12, 2021

So excited to announce that Streets Dept will be creating extra content and hosting new events all exclusively for our new Patreon subscribers! 

Why Patreon? Using Patreon to earn support directly from you, our readers, allows us the freedom to focus on the content. We have a lot we want to create for you, and your direct support will help us to sustain that effort. 

What do you get? Oh boy, a lot. Check out our Patreon page now to see all the benefits!

Beautiful New Mural Outside of Hardena in South Philly

January 18, 2022

In love with this new mural by lead artist Winnie Sidharta (painted by Kien Nguyen, Sammy Kovnat, and Emily White) outside of Hardena at Moore and Hicks Streets in Point Breeze! Created with support from Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Mayor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, the project’s website offers more about the mural’s inspiration:

“This mural tells the story of the Indonesian immigrant experience, showcasing traditional design and art along with depictions of life in Philadelphia, such as a Pride March, the Liberty Bell, and a parent teaching their child how to grow plants native to Indonesia. It also incorporates cultural references from Cambodia and Vietnam, two groups who also have a strong presence in the immediate neighborhood. In the center of the piece is a mountain often depicted in shadow puppetry, with the tree of life, and a representation of how the ideal home is depicted in Indonesian art.”

Such incredible work, y’all!

A Temporary Harriet Tubman Statue At City Hall Underscores The Problem with Philly’s Monuments

January 16, 2022

Philadelphia last week unveiled a temporary monument to American abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman, created by figurative sculptor, Wesley Wofford.

Titled The Journey to Freedom, the statue will stand on City Hall’s north apron only through Black History Month and Women’s History Month. This temporary tribute to Tubman is only the third statue of a historical woman in the entire city, along with Joan of Arc and Mary Dyer. And it’s the very first to a Black woman.

What does it mean for Philadelphians and tourists to see statue after statue depicting only the achievements of men, nearly all of them white? What does it mean when only the historical contributions of white men are honored in our public space?

Today, I wrote an opinion piece for Billy Penn talking about it, read it now here.

Mural Celebrating Contemporary Philly Creative, Solomon Temple Rises in Kensington

January 15, 2022

Finally got a chance to see this new mural celebrating Philadelphia creative, Solomon Temple painted by artist Sarena Johnson! Located at Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Hancock Street in Kensington, the mural was created in collaboration with Theory Studios and completed this past November.

In addition to being a singer/song writer, Solomon is the producer and host of Songs For The Soul, an ongoing project created to heal, uplift, and edify the soul though music, art, and culture. If you’re new to Solomon’s work, there’s a great video conversation between them and Ursula Rucker that you should absolutely check out here!

In a city that paints hundreds of murals a year through various arts programs and businesses big and small, I really like when some of our walls can be used to celebrate the contemporary artists, creatives, and connectors who are part of sowing the seeds of our city’s present and possible future. I get so deeply inspired by the work of so many in this city, and that’s the kind of energetic boost I felt when I saw this mural.

How To Get The First-Ever Streets Dept Magazine

January 12, 2022

Last year, Streets Dept launched a Patreon. It’s enabled our biggest fans to support us directly for as little as $5/month. And it’s also enabled us to create exciting bonus content that we’ve never been able to create before—like the first-ever annual Streets Dept Magazine!

The Streets Dept Magazine will be released once annually at the end of each year offering a deeper exploration into some of the year’s biggest Philly public/street art names and themes. Inside this inaugural issue are brand-new interviews with three artists who had big years: Sean 9 Lugo, Marian Bailey, and Adam Crawford. We also wrote new articles reflecting on Percy Street and Oat Milk-gate. People have been loving it, and we’ve been humbled by the response!

Thanks to our amazing Patreon members, we created this publication without the support of traditional advertising. That’s right—there are no ads! It’s almost more like a small book. It’s been super rewarding working on this, knowing that it’s going straight into the hands of fellow supporters of Philadelphia’s public art and public space. All of our eligible Patreon members should have received their copy by now (send us a message through Patreon if you haven’t!)

HOWEVER… due to the fixed quantities available when printing something like this, we have some extra copies! So if you missed our Patreon announcements last year (curse yous, algorithms!) you can still get one now.

We’re selling our remaining copies for $40 each (that includes shipping) and you can buy yours now here. But hurry: there aren’t many left!

Streets Dept Podcast: Jonathon Stalls and The Fight For Pedestrian Dignity

January 9, 2022
(Photo by Art Heffron)

Today on the podcast host Conrad Benner talks with Denver-based walking artist and pedestrian advocate, Jonathon Stalls. In 2010, Jonathon spent 242 days walking across the United States. Since then he’s built a grassroots walking movement focused on cultivating connections to others, to the places we live, and to ourselves. One of his latest efforts: creating content for his wildly popular Pedestrian Dignity TikTok page that explores good and bad public design across the world.

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)!

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