From an in-depth collaboration with neighborhood committees, researchers, and artists, Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra) and Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will hold a day-long event at the Playground for Useful Knowledge to explore questions of cooperation, civic engagement, and gentrification.
A Friday morning presentation will segue into an afternoon session of discussions on topics informed by the community hub. The assembly will continue on Saturday, September 19, with the opening of the Playground for Useful Knowledge.
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 this 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.