The Issue: Crime and Trash in Vacant Lots
Vacant lots speckle the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, attracting garbage and illegal activities. With continued neglect these spaces can become a danger in regards to sanitation and community well-being. To help residents feel safer and take more pride in their neighborhood, Little Berlin is transforming one of these lots into a public art space and garden where people can gather and immerse themselves in culture.
The Campaign: Equipping Outdoor Art Space with Seating
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Little Berlin can fund park benches and seating for a new outdoor art space as part of its Fairgrounds Project. The James S. and John L. Knight Foundation will match donations up to $10,000. Each additional $10 raised will help to improve another part of the space. Within four years, Little Berlin aims to completely beautify the empty lot between Boston and York Streets and north of Coral Street. It will include a sculpture garden with art installations and host cultural events such as film screenings, artist fairs, performances, and children’s workshops.
All donations will be matched up to a $10,000 total by the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation.
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.
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