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Pearl Street + DesignPhiladelphia PopUp Place Project Receives ArtPlace America Grant
Philadelphia, PA, June 27, 2014 -The Pearl Street and DesignPhiladelphia PopUp Place creative space project, lead by the Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) in conjunction with the Philadelphia Center for Architecture (CFA), was named a recipient of one of 55 grants distributed by ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) to fund creative placemaking projects across the United States. Since 2012, ArtPlace has distributed grants for a total of 189 creative space projects with $56.8 million in funding.
The grant will fund the revitalization of a 4-block corridor of Pearl Street – from 10th Street to Broad - in the Chinatown North/Callowhill neighborhood to create an art and culture destination. AAI plans to produce a series of events including First Friday activities and an annual Block Party to increase community interaction, create awareness of the neighborhood, and draw attention to the new corridor. These smaller events will lead up to the 2015 PopUp Place exhibition, the opening kickoff celebration of the CFA’s signature event, DesignPhiladelphia Festival.
Pearl Street, an alleyway located below the Rail Park (the continuous three-mile linear park and recreation path, similar to New York City’s Highline Park, planned for 2015), together link AAI with residences, neighborhoods, and other cultural and community institutions. Proposed improvements to Pearl Street include infrastructure items such as re-paving and lighting and aesthetic greening and artwork. The project will transform Pearl Street into a cleaner, safer, more vibrant cultural space that celebrates and connects the diverse constituents in the Chinatown North and Callowhill neighborhoods to artistic and design communities throughout Philadelphia.
DesignPhiladelphia, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, is the oldest and largest design event of its kind in the country and annually showcases the work of over 400 practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals. Experience design in unexpected ways through more than 120 exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, tours, talks, and events held in venues across the city. Learn about wide-ranging topics, including architecture, urban planning, landscape, graphic, multi-media, product, furniture design, fashion, and the like. This year’s Festival kicks off on the evening of October 8 and events run from October 9-17. For more information on planning an event, sponsoring, advertising, or attending the 2014 Festival, visit: www.designphiladelphia.org.
About the Philadelphia Center for Architecture
The Center for Architecture performs the charitable and educational work of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects and serves as the physical home for the Chapter in Center City Philadelphia. The Center offers walking tours, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and children's programming on architecture, urban planning, and design. The Center is also home to the AIA Bookstore & Design Center and the Community Design Collaborative. For more information visit: www.philadelphiacfa.org.
About Asian Arts Initiative
A meeting place, an idea lab, a support system, and an engine for positive change, Asian Arts Initiative strives to empower communities through the richness of art. We believe in a universal human capacity for creativity, and we support local art and artists as a means of interpreting, sharing, and shaping contemporary cultural identity. For more information visit: www.asianartsinitiative.org.
About Friends of the Rail Park
Friends of the Rail Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to cultivate visions and advocate for a continuous three-mile linear park and recreation path in Philadelphia, connecting many neighborhoods and cultural institutions to Fairmount Park along the historic elevated Reading Viaduct and City Branch rail cut of the former Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. The organization is committed to continuing dialogues initiated with communities along the route, stakeholders, city decision-makers, and potential partners to build support for the entirety of Philadelphia's Rail Park, while expanding its role to include maintenance and programming of completed phases of the park. For more information visit: www.therailpark.org.