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August Community Digest

It's been great to have so many events returning this summer - in-between heat waves - below we have a few more to look forward to in August. Make sure to save the date for the return of Girard Avenue Festival this fall as well, on Saturday, October 1.

The Greater Art Museum Business Alliance has resumed its monthly meetings. We are excited to continue connecting community entrepreneurs and business-owners, and support the growth of the most diverse local business district in Philadelphia. To join, visit or email - thanks for all the support!

In this issue:

GAMBA Meet Up Recap

Upcoming Events

August Deals, Specials & Announcements

Neighborhood Job Openings

Community News



Thank you to everyone who joined us for our latest Greater Art Museum Business Alliance (GAMBA) Meet Up! Together, we shared ideas, questions, successes, and concerns. Also, many thanks to Eastern State Penitentiary for hosting us in their Fair Chance Beer Garden.

If you’re a business owner in the Art Museum District and interested in joining, visit We plan to host more meet ups this fall, so stay tuned for the dates.


Save the Date: October 1st!

We're so excited to welcome back the Girard Ave Street Fest this fall! More details on sponsorships, vendors tables and more coming soon!


Deals, Specials & Announcements

Click here to see all the latest deals, specials & announcements from your favorite Art Museum District businesses!


Neighborhood Job Openings

View our Neighborhood Job Board to see the latest job opportunities in the Art Museum District.


Community News

Office of State Representative Donna Bullock

State Representative Donna Bullock will host a roundtable discussion & walking tour highlighting opportunities for black women business owners at Remedy Spa & Wellness at 1208 N 29th Street on Friday, August 5th at 11am. Email Nariah at to reserve your spot. Space is limited!


The BOX: End of Isolation Tour

August 13 & 14. Separate admission ($20-$50).

“The BOX,” stopping at Eastern State Penitentiary for two nights only, is a piece of transformational theater that asks the audience to re-examine long-held notions of punishment and solitary confinement. It underscores both the horror of solitary confinement and the humanity of people subjected to it, employing stories inspired by true events to bring awareness to what is occurring in correctional institutions across the country. Get more info here.


Pop-Up Museum: The Lives of the Officers

August 10-14. Included with admission to daytime tours (& 191FREE0) and Night Tours: Summer Twilight.

For a limited time only, Eastern State presents Pop-Up Museum: The Lives of the Officers. Get a closer look at a selection of artifacts — including firearms, badges, uniforms, and historic locks and keys — and learn more about the daily lives of officers and other staff who worked at EasternState Penitentiary. Get more info here.


191FREE0 free neighbor day

On Sunday, August 14, anyone who lives in the 19130 or 19121 zip codes can visit Eastern State for free! No reservations required!


Philly History Pop Up

Join a free "Philly History Pop Up" at Corinthian Gardens on Wednesday, August 3, 5:30-6:15pm to hear from leaders of Eastern State Penitentiary and Girard College. Learn about the history and current missions of both massive Fairmount institutions, as well as some connections between them. Best for curious adults and kids 12 and up.

LOCATION: The Garden picnic tables in Corinthian Gardens. Enter on Brown Street near Corinthian Ave.

SIGN UP: Drop ins are welcome, but signing up here helps us plan and makes sure you're in the loop with reminders and potential rain location updates.

POP-UP ORGANIZER: The Aug. 3 event is part of a history pop-up series organized by Cara Schneider Bongiorno, a born-and-bred Philadelphian who was the long-time media relations director for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®.


Urban League of Philadelphia

Listening & Learning Session w. School District of Philadelphia Superintendent

Urban League of Philadelphia is proud to partner with Dr. Watlington on a 90 min virtual Listening & Learning Session, taking place on August 2nd at 5:30 pm. Register here.


First Time Homebuyer Workshop

Dreaming of buying your first home? Join the Urban League of Philadelphia for one of our First Time Homebuyer webinars.

Our speakers will include a lending officer, realtor, home inspector, and home insurance representative. To RSVP, email


Philadelphia Food Service Career Fair

Are you looking for a career in food service? Are you interested in working in a new field? Register today to attend the Food Service Job Fair presented by The Urban League of Philadelphia.

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