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For many galleries, art is something that resides behind a velvet rope, separated and unaccessible to its viewers. For the curators of Abington Art Center, it is something to be experienced, enjoyed, and, above all, created oneself. Located on the 27-acre expanse of Alverthorpe Manor, the center hosts classes and workshops for students of all ages and exhibitions of community artists. The outdoor Sculpture Park captures the center's sense of playful creation, inviting sculptors to craft their own temporary installations each year—this also helps erase the temptation to carve a mustache into a nearby town's statue of its mayor. The guest artists are encouraged to have their creations respond to the nature around them, such as massive faces carved from tree trunks. Inside the mansion, one can find galleries of young creators and solo exhibitions by professional artists.
An artist-run collective and gallery space, Little Berlin aims to attract the arts and cultural performances to the local community by curating a new show every month. The panoply of musical events, art exhibitions, and badminton tournaments brings diverse media indoors and out to engage community members in new experiences. Art installations add color to the gallery, concerts fill the courtyard, and sculptures stand in the outdoor Fairgrounds. Little Berlin also streams its live performances on the Internet, connecting guest speakers with a larger audience through its Open Web Studio.
The nonprofit Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary photography, offering a wide range of engaging opportunities for anyone interested in photography and the arts through educational programs, events, and exhibitions. A team of fine-art photographers, curators, and other arts professionals initiates the snapshot curious in affordable five-week classes and workshops that are suitable for photogs of all abilities. The teen program nurtures artistic impulses during afterschool hours, handing students loaner supplies and foraying into the city during field trips.
Participants in the vendor program serve as their own bosses and work as frequently as they choose. Vendors distribute the paper in exchange for $1 donations, and earn $0.75 for each paper sold (the other $0.25 covers the printing costs). All of the vendors are residents of various Philadelphia shelters and distribute the newspaper throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Bright vests provided by the organization help the public clearly identify vendors on the street, which in turn helps the vendors to distribute more papers.
Poochie's Place pampers dogs with a variety of services in a cage-free environment. Its organic bakery procures all-natural treats from local bakers, who make them free of harmful fillers such as corn, gluten, and grain, and who provide vegan options. The onsite grooming team deep cleans pups with HydroSurge aromatherapy bubble baths and sends them home adorned in bows or bow ties. Dogs also get red-carpet ready with the shop's selection of clothing and leashes.