Art on the Street
Fairmount CDC Debuts Pilot ‘Art on the Street’ Showcase on West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA – On Friday, October 7th, 2016 the Fairmount Community Development Corporation (CDC), with support from Brewerytown Social, is unveiled original work from local artists on the side of 11 new Big Belly trash receptacles installed along West Girard Avenue between 25th and 31st streets. Fairmount CDC Executive Director, Kevin Moran, sees this initiative as a necessary step in continued collaboration between the civic and artistic communities. He said, “Arts play an important role in stabilizing our commercial corridors. By showcasing local talent, we hope to strengthen the connections between our business, civic and artist communities. We’re turning an ordinary trashcan into a piece of art that the entire community can be proud of and rally behind.”
For Friday night’s showcase, two local artists, Drew Samsoe and Serena Niesley both shared their reasons participating in the pilot program. Ms. Samsoe explained, “As an aspiring picture book illustrator, my hope is to master visual storytelling that is engaging to a young (and young at heart) audience. I desire that my work kindles the imagination, shares joy, and inspires curiosity in the minds and hearts of its viewers”.
Ms. Neisley shared, “I am a local artist who deeply loves this neighborhood. My work is relatable and inspiring to the beautiful and diverse population that lives and visits this area. Much of my work is inspired by relationships between nature and people as well as the interconnection of urban architecture and wild plants, which the residents of Brewerytown are well familiar with, nestled up against the wildness of Fairmount Park.