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February Community Digest



We Love Local Businesses!



Let's show some love for our local favorites this month! Now through Valentine's Day, tell us what you love about a local business in the Art Museum District and you'll be entered in a drawing to win one of five gift cards. We'll post the best love notes on our Instagram @fairmountcdc. Each response is another chance to win, so start sharing now at fairmountcdc.org/lovelocal!


What's your favorite neighborhood bar or restaurant, coffee shop, bakery and dessert stop? Have a favorite retailer, real estate agent, salon or childcare business? Where do you go for yoga, health and personal care, pet care or business/professional services? Who deserves some local love?!

 

Second Saturday on Girard Avenue

Save the date for Second Saturday on Girard Avenue: February 11th!

 

Apply Now!


Applications are now open for the FREE PhillyiHub entrepreneur assistance program, supporting neighbors seeking to start or grow a business. Apply now!

 

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.

 

Black History Month

Visit Philadelphia has a robust roundup of ways to celebrate black history and culture throughout Philadelphia. Learn more here.

 

Smith Playground


Smith's Black History Month exhibit, Leaders and Legends of Philadelphia, returns for its third year! We are excited to welcome back Mayor Jim Kenney, elected officials, and honorees for our Opening Day Hooray on Saturday, February 4, from 12:00-1:00 pm. Come kick off Black History Month with us, tour the exhibit, and enjoy light refreshments.

 

Eastern State Penitentiary


We're joining in this national celebration by highlighting the achievements of Black Americans, past and present.


This month, we'll highlight Black Americans who are leaders in criminal justice reform today and feature the stories of some incredible individuals who are part of Eastern State's history like the Reverend Paul Washington. Reverend Washington, pictured here, served as Eastern State's Episcopal Chaplain in the 1960s and was also a key figure in the civil rights movement here in Philadelphia.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok to learn more about Reverend Washington and engage with other Black History Month content throughout February.

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art


Celebrate Black History Month with programs and activities highlighting Black artists and the work of local community organizations.


Save the date for a free culminating celebration on February 25 featuring:

• Art Kids Studio and gallery tours focused on Black painter Aaron Douglas • Guided and self-guided tours highlighting work by Black artists • Interactive performance by storyteller Thembi Palmer • Community partner organizations

 

CADO: Black Art Fair & Makers Market


This Black History Month make your dollars count by supporting Black creators at CADO. We’ll be at @undergroundconceptsphl in the Divine Lorraine Hotel (Broad and Fairmount Street) along with 11 other incredible Black led brands vending and fundraising for the Colored Girls Museum! Your ticket gets your access to the market plus a day full of programming! Learn more and grab your ticket here.

 

Lemon Hill Garden


This is an exploratory meeting around an open concept garden. Lemon Hill Neighbors is looking to ways to pilot projects that result in better use of resident’s collective parkland for the community instead of public land for private groups. Anyone interested should come to the meeting at Lucky Goat on February 4th.

 

Former Art Teacher Uses Multimedia Street Art To Navigate Pandemic Career Transition


@streetsdept On the blog now: A ton of unusual street art has popped up on Meredith Street between 24th and 25th Streets in Philly’s Art Museum Area/ Fairmount neighborhood in recent months (and years). Today, we talk with @jojoricecakes, the artist and neighbor behind this exciting transformation. (Post by Streets Dept Contributor, @ericinphilly) Read the story here.

 

Neighborhood Slow Zone

The Neighborhood Slow Zone application deadline has been extended to February 15th. The Slow Zone Project offers residents the opportunity to work with the City to reduce vehicle speeds and improve visibility on neighborhood streets. The City will work with you and your neighborhood to determine the best way to slow things down. You can fill out the application form and get more information on the Neighborhood Slow Zone Program site.


There's only a handful of active Slow Zone sites, so we highly encourage you or someone you know to apply. If you have any questions or want help with the application process, contact Pete DeCarolis at peter.decarolis@phila.gov.

 

Looking for ways to get outside this winter? WinTOUR is BACK! ❄️ Join the fun with our free, self-guided Fairmount Park scavenger hunt that runs from Saturday, 1/14 through Sunday, 2/26. Participate in 1 week or all 6 — each week will focus on a different geographic area of the park with chances to win prizes along the way!


For more info, visit myphillypark.org/wintour-2023.

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