A map of Philadelphia's Historic 7th Ward. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia City Archives.
Painting by student of Olney Charter School for a Mural Arts program designed to teach about the history of Philadelphia's 7th Ward. Courtesy of the Mayors Fund for Philadelphia.
South St and 24th St in Philadelphia's 7th Ward. Photo by Mark C. Leeper.
Public art installations will tell a place-based account of the vibrant communities that made a Philadelphia neighborhood, once known as the city’s 7th Ward, an important center of Black culture. Artists will work with historians and community leaders and draw from the Philadelphia City Archives to create new public art pieces that capture the essence of the ward and the people who created it. These works will contextualize the area’s rich, deeply rooted Black cultural history and will be situated around the historic neighborhood’s borders: located between Spruce and South Streets to the north and south and 7th Street and the Schuylkill River to the east and west. The Philadelphia City Archives will collaborate with Little Giant Creative, which will lead the creative direction and artist selection process, and Mural Arts Philadelphia, which will help develop a curriculum relating the history of the ward’s cultural, literary, and political achievements to contemporary Philadelphia.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.