The Philadelphia City Fund, formerly the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, is a nonprofit organization that aims to advance the mayor’s goals and benefit the citizens of Philadelphia through public-private partnerships, working closely with city government, private businesses, and community organizations. The fund manages more than 150 individual programs, supporting public safety, education, culture and the creative economy, civic engagement, and other mayoral priorities. These programs include the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), which is committed to equitable support of culture and creativity throughout the city’s neighborhoods. OACCE supports free cultural programming, creates opportunities for local artists and creative organizations, connects Philadelphians to quality arts experiences, and preserves the City’s public art assets.
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.
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The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.