For the last decade, powerful institutions of urban planning, philanthropy, and the arts have celebrated the beneficial effects of combining community development and the arts. Advocates of this approach describe it as Creative Placemaking, while critics use competing neologisms like Creative Place-breaking and Creative Displacement to point out hazards ranging from removal of long-term residents to cultural destruction. Against this background, this event examines efforts underway in three Philadelphia neighborhoods to productively combine approaches from art and urban planning to make neighborhoods better. You’ll hear about neighborhood projects sponsored by LISC Philadelphia in Kensington and on Lancaster Avenue, about the North Philly Peace Park, and a process currently underway to rebuild Mifflin Square Park at 6th and Wolf.
This event is presented in collaboration with Social & Studio Practices at Moore, Mural Arts Philadelphia and Next City.