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West Philadelphia Artist Residency 

Request for Qualifications
Deadline: 5 p.m., Monday, February 19, 2018
Please email with any questions or comments.
No phone calls, please.

The Neighborhood Time Exchange: West Philadelphia Artist Residency (Time Exchange) is seeking one artist for two residencies that will take place March – August, and July – December 2018.

Time Exchange invites artists to engage their personal, autonomous artistic practice within the space of a studio, while also providing a platform for contributing to projects that directly and positively impact the surrounding community. In exchange for free studio space, a monthly stipend, and basic tools and supplies, artists will provide skill and time-based resources for the surrounding communities, working on civic projects suggested by residents and community based organizations. Artists will also take part in open houses, exhibitions, and similar events that will create connections with the community.

Time Exchange offers an opportunity to explore the ways in which forms of value and exchange are identified and distributed, and the boundaries between public and private might be blurred. It creates a framework through which the often-invisible resources of a neighborhood (the people, the history, and the experience of everyday life) can be understood as foundational and inseparable components for revitalizing a neighborhood. By providing clear intersections and negotiations of time between community residents and visiting artists, Time Exchange aims to cultivate a new dynamic role for creativity and reciprocity in the revitalization of a neighborhood.

Time Exchange is operated in collaboration by the People’s Emergency Center and Mural Arts Philadelphia, and was conceived by the founders of Broken City Lab.

Full West Philadelphia Artist Residency RFQ



CONCEPT: Mural Arts Philadelphia is partnering with CityReach Church Philly to create a new mural on the façade of their building on the 6800 block of Torresdale Avenue in the Tacony neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia. This mural is part of a series of public art projects in Tacony created by Mural Arts Philadelphia in partnership with the Office of Councilman Bobby Henon and the City of Philadelphia’s Division of Housing and Community Development. Others projects include a fresco at the corner of Torresdale and Disston, a series of community-created street pole banners along Torresdale, a seasonal parklet outside of the Tacony LAB Community Arts Center at 6918 Torresdale Avenue, and the LAB itself. The LAB is a storefont arts hub that hosts artist residencies and free arts-focused classes and events. (For more information, visit

CityReach Church Philly is part of the CityReach Network, a non-denominational, national network of Christian churches focused on urban ministry. CityReach Church Philly purchased 6814 Torresdale Avenue in 2015. The building has a long history in Tacony. It dates from before 1920 and was originally the Liberty Theatre. It was a movie theatre until the 1960s and was a catering venue and a fitness center before closing its doors in 2010. (For more information, visit


  • responds to the historic architecture of the building through a non-figurative design
  • artistically references the core values of CityReach’s mission: generosity, community, love, freedom, purpose, peace, truth
  • is inclusive towards the entire Tacony community
  • brings energy and color to the Torresdale Avenue Business Corridor

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