Community feast on Pearl Street, using tables and chairs designed by Walter Hood, built by community members during an Asian Arts Initiative block party. Photo by Tim Kyuman Lee.
Asian Arts Initiative hosts a Pearl Street Block Party to celebrate the rich cultural diversity and artistic community in Philadelphia's Chinatown North neighborhood. This programming is related to the Pearl Street, Philadelphia, PA revitalization project, supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heirtage.
Pearl Street, Philadelphia, PA, spearheaded by Rick Lowe, focuses its attention on the under-used alley behind Asian Arts Initiative's building in Philadelphia's Chinatown North neighborhood. Lowe's groundbreaking work with Houston's Project Row Houses has long served as a model for community-driven, participatory art. Over the course of two years, Lowe is working with residents in this rapidly gentrifying neighborhood to reimagine how the alley can be transformed into a place where locals of varying backgrounds spend time together.
The Pearl Street Block Party is one of a series of public events that Asian Arts Initiative and Rick Lowe have organized around the project. The party begins at 1 p.m., and features an array of live performance, music, food, and interactive artwork and displays created by Asian Arts Initiative's Social Practice Lab artists-in-residence and additional local artists and community groups. This event is free and open to the public.