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Everything You Need to Know About “Streets Dept Walls,” On View Now at Fashion District

October 10, 2019

Streets Dept Walls
A Public Gallery

WHEN: Sept 19, 2019 – January 31, 2020
WHERE: Fashion District Philadelphia

Streets Dept Walls is a celebration of art, our beloved city of Philadelphia, and ourselves! Featuring a collection of 10 new temporary murals by 11 Philly artists, our project works to honor Philly’s status as an arts capitol and a place for creatives.

#StreetsDeptWalls are located in not one but two different areas of Fashion District. Our West Wall is located on the Concourse Level by 11th Street near Oath Pizza; and our East Wall is located on the Concourse Level by 9th Street near the As Seen On TV store.

Project created by curator Conrad Benner (founder of StreetsDept.com) with support from Fashion District Philadelphia. Read more…

Streets Dept Podcast – SN 3, EP 4: Finding Arizona, A Talk with Podcaster Jose Acevedo

December 10, 2019

Welcome back to the Streets Dept Podcast! Excited to tell y’all that just like two weeks ago when we launched Season 3 with two new episodes, we’re keeping the excitement for this new season going by releasing two new episodes today! After today, episodes will go back to being released one at a time every other week.

And this episode, Episode 4, kicks off our road trip! Over the next seven episodes we’ll be hearing from three people in Phoenix, Arizona and four in Denver, Colorado, before we return to Philly for the last five interviews of this season.

To kick off our road trip we landed in Phoenix and sat down with the host and founder of the Finding Arizona Podcast, Jose Acevedo, who’s gained a ton of insight into his home state from interviewing over 200 local Arizonan business owners and entrepreneurs since 2015! Towards the end of this episode we break the one-on-one format of the Streets Dept Podcast to also hear from Brittany Johnson, the podcast’s photographer and producer who’s typically more behind the scenes. Aside from now building the podcast together, Brittany and Jose are also married and (as we talk about) the pair might have some political ambitions to boot!

Check out my conversation with Jose Acevedo and Brittany Johnson below, or on any major podcast streaming platform by searching “Streets Dept Podcast”!

 
Be sure to subscribe to the Streets Dept Podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, 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 SO much, so thank you for doing that.)

Season 3 of the Streets Dept Podcast is brought to you by our brilliant sponsors at the Spring Arts district, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, and Kismet Cowork! Each episode is mixed and edited by our producer Mike Mehalick, and each Philadelphia episode of this season is recorded at Radio Kismet!

Listen to past episodes of Season 3 here:
SN 3, EP 1: Ernest Owens
SN 3, EP 2: Jane Golden
SN 3, EP 3: Christopher Plant

Streets Dept Podcast – SN 3, EP 3: Making Space for Kismet, A Chat with Christopher Plant

December 10, 2019

Welcome back to the Streets Dept Podcast! Excited to tell y’all that just like two weeks ago when we launched Season 3 with two new episodes, we’re keeping the excitement for this new season going by releasing two new episodes today! After today, episodes will go back to being released one at a time every other week.

And today’s episode is a special one for me personally, because we’re talking with a Philadelphian who’s been on my short list of people to interview since Season 1, and also the person, the connector, who literally helped make this season happen. That person is Christopher Plant! The founder of many things including Kismet Cowork, Radio Kismet, and the groundbreaking 24-hour ideas fest GreatPHL, Christopher is equal parts business, art, commerce, fun and always connecting people in his wake.

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

 
Be sure to subscribe to the Streets Dept Podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, 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 SO much, so thank you for doing that.)

Season 3 of the Streets Dept Podcast is brought to you by our brilliant sponsors at the Spring Arts district, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, and Kismet Cowork! Each episode is mixed and edited by our producer Mike Mehalick, and each Philadelphia episode of this season is recorded at Radio Kismet!

Listen to past episodes of Season 3 here:
SN 3, EP 1: Ernest Owens
SN 3, EP 2: Jane Golden

Fun, Colorful New Mural By Adam Crawford on Spring Garden

December 10, 2019

New mural by Philly-based artist Adam Crawford, located on Spring Garden between 11th and 12th streets!

From the artist’s color choice here to the its eye-level street scale, this mural is so much fun it just put a smile on my face the second I saw it. Great work, Adam!

See more murals from Adam Crawford around Philly here.

Streets Dept Special Tour: Art at PHL Airport 2019

December 1, 2019

Welcome to Streets Dept’s Special Tours, a new kind of guided tour exploring art around Philadelphia!

For this Streets Dept Special Tour we’ll be exploring Art At The Airport’s 2019 exhibitions! PHL Airport’s Exhibition Program is a nationally-recognized, award-winning visual arts initiative. The purpose of this program is to provide visibility for Philadelphia’s unique cultural life and to enrich the experience of the traveling public. And, as you’ll see on this tour, in addition to featuring the work of contemporary artists who primarily show in galleries, Art At The Airport showcases the work of many Philadelphia street artists and muralists.

Artists currently showing at Art At The Airport include Aubrie Costello, Martha Rich, Low Level, King Saladeen, Matty Geez, and Derick Jones to name a few. And if you join us for this special tour, you’ll actually be hearing from three of those artists, who will all be joining us to talk about their work: Aubrie Costello, Matty Geez, and Derick Jones!

Your tour will be co-led by Conrad Benner and Leah Douglas. Conrad is a Philly-born photographer, curator, and the founder of this here blog StreetsDept.com, an award winning photo-blog that’s been discovering art on the streets of Philadelphia since 2011. Leah is the Director of Exhibitions at Philadelphia International Airport; since 1998, she has curated and organized more than 300 exhibits that have featured artwork by Philadelphia area artists and arts institutions.

Learn more and get your tickets now HERE! Read more…

Streets Dept Podcast – SN 3, EP 2: The Power of Art On The Streets, A Talk with Jane Golden

November 26, 2019

(Photo by Steve Weinik)

Excited to start Season 3 of the Streets Dept Podcast with not one but two new episodes!

Our second conversation to kick off our third season is with none other than Jane Golden! Jane has been the driving force of Mural Arts Philadelphia since 1984, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation’s largest public art program, a global model for transforming public spaces and individual lives through art. Under Golden’s direction, Mural Arts has created over 4,000 works of public art through innovative collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies.

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

 
Be sure to subscribe to the Streets Dept Podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, 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 SO much, so thank you for doing that.)

Season 3 of the Streets Dept Podcast is brought to you by our brilliant sponsors at the Spring Arts district, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, and Kismet Cowork! Each episode is mixed and edited by our producer Mike Mehalick, and each Philadelphia episode of this season is recorded at Radio Kismet!

Listen to Episode 1 with Ernest Owens now here!

Streets Dept Podcast – SN 3, EP 1: Reporting on Philadelphia and Beyond, A Conversation with Journalist Ernest Owens

November 26, 2019

Welcome to Season 3 of the Streets Dept Podcast! We’re very excited to be back for a third season interviewing the creative minds shaping the world around us, from Philadelphia and beyond. And as I announced last week, this season that tagline takes on an even truer meaning as we’ll be taking the podcast on a road trip. But as promised we are kicking off the season with a pair of Philadelphians.

To kick off this new season, we’ll be talking with Ernest Owens! Ernest is an award-winning journalist and Writer at Large for Philadelphia Magazine. Ernest covers a variety of social issues regarding race, LGBTQ, and pop culture. His work has been featured on CNN, USA Today, NPR, NBC News, and other media outlets. He serves on the board of directors of Philadelphia Community Access Media, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and the Pen & Pencil Club, the nation’s oldest press club. His work has been awarded the NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year Award, the PABJ Trailblazer Award, the James Aronson Social Justice Journalism Award, and several other honors.

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

 
Be sure to subscribe to the Streets Dept Podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, 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 SO much, so thank you for doing that.)

Season 3 of the Streets Dept Podcast is brought to you by our brilliant sponsors at the Spring Arts district, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, and Kismet Cowork! Each episode is mixed and edited by our producer Mike Mehalick, and each Philadelphia episode of this season is recorded at Radio Kismet!

Listen to Episode 2 with Jane Golden now here!

Playful New Electrical Box Mural by Jasjyot Singh Hans On South Street

November 22, 2019

Absolutely in love with this new mini-mural, TEASERS by artist Jasjyot Singh Hans, apart of the ongoing series of electrical box murals curated by the HAHA x Paradigm project!

“An illustrator unendingly inspired by an explosive neon mix of fashion, music, and pop culture,” Jasjyot’s artist bio reads. “His work chronicles around themes of body image, sexuality, and self love.

To me, the mural perfectly reflects the fun, playful spirit of South Street, where it’s located (5th and South streets to be exact.) And it seems that’s what the artist had in mind. “With this piece, TEASERS, I wanted these women to make people smile as they passed by, and to encourage everyone to embrace their inner child,” Jasjyot explained on Instagram.

Great work, y’all!

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