Info Session: Neighborhood Time Exchange for artists

Posted by Philadelphia Mural Arts Program on February 2, 2015

Meet the first group of artists participating in this year-long community program, see their work, and hear about the first neighborhood projects they’ve taken on. For every hour in the studio, the artists will volunteer one hour to the community. Join us to learn more about the project and how you can make a service request!

February 13, 2015, 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM


Time Exchange aims to create a novel residency structure in which for every hour artists spend working in their studio on their own projects, they will in turn provide an hour of volunteer effort and service back to the community. The program offers residencies lasting from one to three months, in newly-renovated storefront space at 4017 Lancaster Avenue, at the intersection of a diverse array of communities in West Philadelphia, and will provide artists with free studio space, a monthly stipend, and basic tools and supplies. In exchange, artists will provide skill and time-based resources for the surrounding communities, working on civic projects identified by residents and community-based organizations.

Time Exchange offers an unparalleled opportunity for artists to explore the complex and necessary, if uncharted, role that responsible and accountable creative practice can play in a challenged and changing neighborhood. The residency will aim to create a framework through which the often-invisible resources of a neighborhood (the people, the history, and the experience of everyday life) can be understood as highly valuable components in revitalizing a neighborhood. By providing clear intersections and negotiations of time between community residents and visiting artists, Time Exchange will aim to cultivate a new dynamic and role for creativity and reciprocity in the revitalization of a neighborhood.

The collaborative project founders -€“ Broken City Lab, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and the People’€™s Emergency Center -€“ will offer curatorial and organizational support, as well as introductions to and opportunities for connection with neighborhood and community leaders. The project is also supported by The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Additional details on the goals of the program, neighborhood, and residency structure can be found in the Application Form.

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