Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge: Urban Ecology / Gardening Workshops

20 Jun - 26 Sep 2015
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
632 Jackson Street, Philadelphia


Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge Neighborhood Convening, June 29, 2015. 632 Jackson Street. Photo by Steve Weinik. Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Mural Arts, through their work with Cohabitation Strategies on the Restored Spaces Initiative, is hosting a series of workshops for Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge—a pilot project that proposes the temporary occupation of a vacant lot at 632 Jackson Street in South Philadelphia, which is transformed into a community space and a strategic hub for cooperative thinking, spatial inventiveness, and environmental restoration.

Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Boston-based guest curator Lucia Sanroman has invited Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra), an innovative European urban design and performance group, to work with Mural Arts on a community-driven project. CohStra members will take up residence in Philadelphia and, following a period of research and data-mapping of various local neighborhoods, will stage "cultural interventions" such as pop-up markets or staged public performances.

Workshop 1: Urban Ecology / Gardening Workshops
Saturdays, June 20, July 25, August 29, and September 26
9:30–11:30 a.m.

Learn about wild gardening and urban ecology as we explore the Playground and its context within the city in terms of the site's geology, wildlife, hydrology, and history. In this sequence of four two-hour workshops, use all of your senses to experience and examine the unique feeling of place on this South Philadelphia site and reconsider urban gardens. Hands-on activities will take place.

The workshop is led by Scott Quitel from the LandHealth Institute.
No RSVP necessary.