Civic Practice

The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia



Funk, God, Jazz, & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, 2014. Brooklyn, NY. Photo courtesy of Creative Time.


Benjamin Volta, Coordinates of Play, 2013, Philadelphia, PA. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Suzanne Lacy, Between the Door and the Street, 2013. Brooklyn, NY. Photo courtesy of Creative Time.

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) will convene a national task force of artists, cultural leaders, and city officials, led by Creative Time Chief Curator Nato Thompson, for a yearlong discovery process to investigate how city government can engage a broad spectrum of communities in civic dialogue through large-scale temporary public art. The results of the task force will lay the foundation for planning a potential first public art site, as well as artist and curator-led community events. Civic Practice will focus on the Choice Neighborhood of North Philadelphia, designated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development as an area to receive federal support to address deep-rooted neighborhood challenges. The OACCE will also engage with Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha and Temple University. The project will result in a manuscript detailing the experience and process, and serve as a model for city-led civic engagement.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.