Artist-led story circles held by the Chester Cultural Corridor team created this downtown asset map of arts, culture and creative expression. Photo by Paul Fritz, Consulting City Planner.
Supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Chester Cultural Corridor Initiative takes a novel approach to city planning, using theater and community dialogue to inform the revitalization of the Chester Cultural Corridor along Avenue of the States between City Hall and Widener University.
Earlier this year, "Chester Made" Artist-Facilitators asked youth, seniors, artists, cultural leaders, healers, local historians, business owners, and Widener's campus—and many more—to share personal stories of meaningful cultural and creative experiences in Chester to map locations where "art and culture happen." These stories were gathered to form the basis of a cultural asset map, to ensure "Chester Made" arts and culture are visible and celebrated—and to attract support for large-scale public art projects and other campaigns for cultural revitalization in the downtown corridor.
The event on June 15 is an exclusive preview of the "Putting Chester Arts and Culture on the Map" performance and presentation—an opportunity to learn about the initiative's findings and provide feedback before a final presentation planned for Chester City Council on June 24, 2015.