August 4, 2014 mini event on Pearl Street, part of Asian Arts Initiative's Pearl Street, Philadelphia, PA project. Pictured, center: Rick Lowe. Photo by Tim Kyuman Lee.
The Pearl Street Block Party is a neighborhood art festival that celebrates Chinatown North's rich cultural diversity and artistic community, featuring live performances, music, interactive activities, displays, and artwork by a diverse range of local artists.
Consumption: A Project on Pearl Street was initiated by artist Rick Lowe as part of a residency and exhibition project with Asian Arts Initiative, a community-based arts center in Philadelphia's Chinatown North neighborhood. Inspired by this project, the festival will feature Kitchen of Corrections, a pop-up restaurant serving cuisine inspired by dishes that have emerged out of prison culture in the US. Kitchen of Corrections was developed to shift public perception around the incarcerated, and to raise awareness of the realities of prison experience through the medium of food and storytelling. The project is actualized by artists Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin and Emily Chow Bluck and Pastor Jeff Harley through their collaboration with men overcoming homelessness and addiction in Philadelphia.
Programming on Pearl Street commenced in January 2014, when Lowe began meeting and conducting workshops with community stakeholders on a monthly basis. Lowe's plan for the project is to invite several community stakeholders to design and build prototype amenities, which will be unveiled, discussed, and critiqued by the community at public events throughout the year. Asian Arts Initiative has also recently put out a call for proposals for the use of Pearl Street, asking community members to activate the space in a variety of engaging ways.
Free and open to the public. In case of rain, the festival will take place indoors at 1219 Vine Street.