Hubs

Open doors to common ground

In the welcoming and organic spaces of our Neighborhood Storefronts & Community Hubs, we provide common ground for diverse communities to meet, to build trust and understanding, and to become active and influential in the face of a rapidly changing city. Hubs activate underutilized spaces and operate with an open-door policy, prioritizing accessibility and resource-sharing.

Some hubs developed organically to complement specific projects, while other hubs are more permanent neighborhood fixtures. All of these spaces are community-specific, offering vibrant calendars from daily programming to major mural projects.

 

  • Make, Weave, Sew Sale at Southeast by Southeast, December 2015. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Callie Curry, a/k/a Swoon, works with people at the Mural Arts Kensington Storefront. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Porch Light Program hub in Northeast Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Tacony Lab. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Neighborhood Time Exchange hub space.

Ongoing Hubs

  • In Southeast Philadelphia, Southeast by Southeast serves South Asian immigrant and refugee families, offering everything from sewing and weaving to English as a Second Language. The hub is part of our Porch Light program, an ongoing collaboration with the City’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS).
  • The Porch Light Kensington Storefront opened in spring 2017 in collaboration with DBHIDS, Impact Services, Prevention Point, and New Kensington CDC, operating as a hub for area organizations as well as community members affected by drug addiction, crime, and housing insecurity.
  • Our newest Northeast hub, the Sudanese Center, opened in summer 2017, with support from DBHIDS and in partnership with the Sudanese American Community of Greater Philadelphia—focusing on uniting Iraqi, Syrian, and Sudanese communities in transition.
  • Along with rotating artist residencies, the Tacony LAB Community Arts Center in Northeast Philadelphia welcomes community partners into the space, offering services ranging from ESL to chess club. The hub is an ongoing partnership with the Office of Councilman Bobby Henon.
  • The Neighborhood Time Exchange pilot project launched in 2015: a West Philadelphia artist residency requiring artists to invest equal time responding to the community. In 2018, the project returned, in partnership with the People’s Emergency Center CDC, building on the success of the original residencies. From fix-ups to clean-ups, youth workshops to helping seniors, no project is too small.

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Support for Mural Arts’ Neighborhood Storefronts and Hubs is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.