Old City Arts History Project

Philadelphia Dance Projects



"Old City Arts History Project," poster for Old City Arts, fall 1978. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Dance Projects.


"Old City Arts History Project," Old City Arts’ "No Man’s Land" performance, 1979. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Dance Projects.


"Mandala/Summer" performance in Independence Historic Park, 1977. Pictured: Terry Fox and Ishmael Houston-Jones. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Dance Projects.

Philadelphia Dance Projects (PDP) will conduct research and explore presentation platforms to capture the legacy and influence of artists working in Old City, Philadelphia, in the mid-1970s and ‘80s. The Old City Arts History Project will investigate the arts in relationship to place and consider how the work of the artists of the time sparked a physical, social, and cultural transformation that engendered the reinvention of Old City—a neighborhood that continues to evolve today. PDP’s process will engage with artists, neighbors, audiences, and others who shared in the experience of Old City as an organic arts phenomenon and consider effective forms of documentation, archival preservation, and public programming to illustrate the cultural impact of the creative community during this era.

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