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Heart of Kensington: Allegheny Ave. & Kensington Ave. Commercial Corridor 

Deadline to apply: November 15, 2019

Mural Arts Philadelphia, together with Impact Services, is seeking an artist (or collaborative team) to create a creative placemaking project in and around Kensington and Allegheny (K&A) commercial corridor. Mural Arts is a part of a five-year initiative, with partner Impact Services’ Heart of Kensington Collective Impact 2022 (HOK) plan, to build social cohesion and bolster resiliency in Kensington through an intersection of public art, behavioral health, youth engagement, and workforce development.

More specifically, this project will be executed in the service of promoting the K&A commercial corridor as a vibrant community hub. The form of artwork created is open to the discretion of the artist but should contain visual touch points that enliven the corridor and can include the implementation of creative placemaking with deep interaction with community residents. The development and creation of the project will be executed alongside Impact Services’ community engagement efforts and the Heart of Kensington project partners. Additionally, we are looking for an artist or collaborative team who will engage residents throughout the entire creative process to improve social cohesion and collective efficacy within the commercial hub. Currently, we anticipate choosing one artist/collaborative team that will execute the project between January 2020 through the spring and summer 2020.

The Heart of Kensington vision is for neighbors to feel connected to each other, take shared responsibility for the neighborhood, feel empowered to make a change in their environment, and envision a positive future for themselves and their children despite the neighborhood being heavily affected by the opioid crisis.

The commission is being managed by Mural Arts Philadelphia in conjunction with Impact Services (the lead organization responsible for implementing the Heart of Kensington Collective Impact 2022 plan.)

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