Revisiting the Village
One of Philadelphia’s most essential arts organizations is the Village of Arts and Humanities, located off of Germantown Avenue, south of Lehigh Avenue. The Village is a hub for the neighborhood for residents to interact, as well as a center for arts, culture and creative expression through their many classes, programs, opportunities and the various public art projects.
I served on the board of the Village years ago, but since moving to Dayton, Ohio in 2011, had only kept up with their programs from a distance. This month I finally had the opportunity to revisit one of my favorite places. The Village is as exquisite as ever with a roster of interesting and thoughtful programs and events. The after school program has flourished and the public arts are continuously being reimagined, newly created and existing ones maintained with the help of local residents and artists.
For years, the Village has been an anchor to some of the best youth arts education and public art in the city. From 2011 through 2012, the Village partnered with the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program to support their project “Philly Painting” with Dutch artists Haas&Hahn (Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn). Haas&Hahn spent a year living at the Village to realize their large-scale project around the corner on Germantown Avenue.
A year later, the artists and Mural Arts have moved on to other projects, and the Village is now the anchor for this artistic endeavor along Germantown, a natural assumption for a project with such a localized visual presence. “Philly Painting” is a landmark for North Philadelphia, and the layers of intentions, partners and participants continue to define a dynamic Philadelphia neighborhood. Learn more about “Philly Painting” here.