Description of Project
We began our fruitful relationship with FPC as public artists dedicated to socially-engaged work, and with a history of relationships in the neighborhood of Strawberry Mansion. With new resources slated for East Park from ArtPlace America funds and the City of Philadelphia’s Rebuild initiative, FPC became determined to gather neighbor input on park upgrades, changes, and investments.
As artist-facilitators we entered a robust coalition of organizations and leaders, the East Park Coalition; and FPC gathered a neighborhood Advisory Committee’ made up of local leadership.
Through a series of community meetings, conversations, and considerations, together with FPC we instigated a year-long community engagement process to build relationships in Strawberry Mansion and to create a lasting platform for neighbors’ own interests and needs to be heard.
Community Engagement in Strawberry Mansion:
- Year-long ethnographic research in partnership with Beth Uzwiak of Ethnologica. We completed 25 life-history interviews and over 50 informal interviews
- Gateway redesign process in partnership with Jefferson University’s landscape architecture programs, with Kim Johnson and Richard Newton
- Residency and public programs: 8 public community-based events at the Hatfield House
- Ethical Redevelopment tenets
ArtPlace America, Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC)
Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC), Ethnologica