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Best Stories of 2014: Arts & Culture

The Greater Philadelphia region has a vibrant arts scene--here are some of our favorite stories that represent how arts & culture has an impact on our region.

Corner Store (Takeout Stories) a Collaboration Between Artists and Asian Art Initiative's Youth Program |

Corner stores are a fact of life for much of Philadelphia - especially in the city's food deserts, many of which are in North Philadelphia. Earlier in 2014, artists Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez collaborated with Asian Arts Initiative to use the ubiquitous city corner store as a focal point to explore cross-cultural interactions among Philadelphia’s pan-ethnic black and Asian communities.
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Local Art Teacher Chosen to Design 22nd and Market Memorial

Plans to build a memorial park at the site of the tragic collapse of the Salvation Army thrift store on June 5, 2013 are moving forward: the 22nd and Market Memorial Committee, formed soon after the collapse, chose local artist Barbara Fox in 2014 to design a memorial sculpture at the park. Learn more about the committee helping to create the park in this story.
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Story Pop Up Brings the Life Experiences of Philly Seniors Into Neighborhoods

About five years ago, Benita Cooper started a storytelling group in the basement of the Philadelphia Senior Center. Now the program has evolved into what has become The Best Day of My Life So Far, a nationwide nonprofit (AARP has partnered with them) with hubs in retirement homes, senior centers and libraries from Seattle to Chicago to New Jersey.
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Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Releases 2014 Portfolio and Announces New President

In October, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance released its 2014 Portfolio, its largest analysis of the arts and culture sector to date. The Alliance also announced and introduced its new president, Maud Lyon, who will begin in early 2015.
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Temple University's North Philadelphia Youth Advisory Council Receives $40,000 Grant from The Philadelphia Foundation

The North Philadelphia Youth Advisory Council, a program of Temple Contemporary, is comprised of five students from the North Philadelphia community surrounding Temple University. In fall of 2014, the program received a $40,000 grant from The Philadelphia Foundation‘s Fund for Children’s Strategic Investment in Youth fund. According to Sarah Stearns, the director of the council, the grant will help her hire an assistant to help run the program.
Image courtesy of Sarah Stearms