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June 21, 2004
AS OUR CITY struggles with an uncertain future and a shaky economy, the first budget casualty of 2004 reveals a great deal about where we might be headed. The mayor's decision to eliminate the Office of Arts and Culture is a short-sighted attempt to save mere pennies that could cost the city large dollars in the years ahead. Philadelphia needs an Office of Arts and Culture because it's good public policy. Most comparable cities - including Chicago, Boston, L.A. and New York - have a substantial department of cultural affairs.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
The L.A.-based street artist WRDSMTH wanted to come to Philly. To do some installations - to put up some work. So he called Conrad Benner. Of course he did. Who else would he call? For four years, Benner has tirelessly showcased Philly's robust street art scene though his enormously popular blog and Instagram feed, Streets Dept. He grew up in Fishtown enamored of graffiti and street art - from the Philly tradition dating to graffiti pioneer Cornbread through the Mural Arts programs and the new pieces he saw popping up all around him on an endless canvas of abandoned homes and factories.
TRAVEL
January 22, 2012 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Beyond this gateway city's endless stretch of beachfront condos and restaurant-lined avenues, in what was once a desolate warehouse district, street art and graffiti have been elevated to a new level in a park named Wynwood Walls. Often called the Museum of the Streets, this urban gallery featuring murals by renowned artists from all over the world has no admission fee. Its creator, real estate maven Tony Goldman, had an epiphany after visiting midtown Miami's Wynwood neighborhood with his son, Joey, in 2005.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2011 | BY MOLLY EICHEL, eichelm@phillynews.com 215-854-5909
A DRAWING of a naked woman scrawled with the catcall "Damn Girl You Thick," Beyoncé song lyrics spray-painted on a wall, a small sticker with the scribbled message "osama is a muslim. " The funny, the political, the colorful, the arresting: These are the images that catch Conrad Benner's eye as he walks around Philadelphia, camera in hand. Benner, 26, posts pictures of street art to his blog StreetsDept.com, which averages about 1,000 page-views a day, and sends on-the-fly pictures out on his Twitter account, @streetsdept, to his 2,636 (as of yesterday)
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
MURAL ARTIST Eurhi Jones has turned the north wall of Bodine High School into a gigantic ocean wave, created a spectacular jungle on the exterior of the Philadelphia Zoo parking garage and painted a wildlife-rich "Walk Through a Pennsylvania Forest" at the Please Touch Museum. Now, she has turned her eye-popping palette and her passion for nature into a 10-block, 50-artworks trail that winds through her own neighborhood, Manayunk, and leads people to the new Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center on the Schuylkill River.
NEWS
August 12, 2012 | By Bonny Ghosh, Associated Press
NEW YORK - In torn jeans and saddled with a black backpack, Andrew Witten glances up and down the street for police. He then whips out a black marker and scribbles "Zephyr" on a wall covered with movie posters. He admires his work for a few seconds before his tattooed arms reach for his daughter, holding her hand as he briskly walks away. Witten and a generation of urban latchkey kids who spray-painted their initials all over Manhattan in the 1970s and '80s and landed in the city's street-art scene are coming of age - middle age, that is. And like Witten, a 51-year-old single father, some street artists considered now to be graffiti elders are having trouble putting away their spray-paint cans.
NEWS
April 22, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Exit Though the Gift Shop" is a funny romp through the art world, and while I don't know if it's a bona fide documentary, I know what I like. The movie is the purported record of a friendship between notorious U.K. street-art renegade Banksy and a goofball camera bug named Thierry Guetta. They met as Guetta assembled a video archive of the street-art movement in Europe and the United States. Or so says Banksy, who does not inspire confidence as a reliable narrator. He lives an anonymous life and appears on camera in shadow, underneath a hoodie.
TRAVEL
December 21, 2014 | By Jonathan Ma, For The Inquirer
Graffiti crawl up exterior walls like webs of ivy, bending and twisting around rows of shuttered windows. At some street corners, layers of posters pile unevenly over this graffiti like papier mâché, stitching together urban blocks. When I traveled to Greece this year, my original itinerary focused on ancient history sites: the Parthenon, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Agora. These places all tell valuable Greek stories from centuries past through classical busts, orderly columns, and symmetrical ruins.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2011
Bill Cunningham New York Terrifically entertaining and insightful documentary about the intrepid New York Times photographer whose "On the Street" column celebrates high fashion, inventive style, and all that is New York - from the rich and swell to the poor and natty. A movie that celebrates photojournalism and clothes, to be sure, but also one that celebrates individualism, integrity, urban living, street art, magazines and newspapers, and the absolute essentialness of a vintage three-speed bike.
NEWS
March 25, 2010 | By Chelsea Conaboy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The magnolia tree on the north side of Rittenhouse Square looks as if it were plucked from a Dr. Seuss book. Its split trunk is wrapped in a whimsical sweater of pinks, blues, purples, and oranges. The tree cozy is the work of Jessie Hemmons, 23, a graduate student in psychology at Chestnut Hill College and census worker - and a graffiti artist with a soft side. Hemmons is part of a growing trend of rogue knitters who have taken their "yarnbombing" to the street to brighten the cityscape.
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NEWS
June 11, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
The L.A.-based street artist WRDSMTH wanted to come to Philly. To do some installations - to put up some work. So he called Conrad Benner. Of course he did. Who else would he call? For four years, Benner has tirelessly showcased Philly's robust street art scene though his enormously popular blog and Instagram feed, Streets Dept. He grew up in Fishtown enamored of graffiti and street art - from the Philly tradition dating to graffiti pioneer Cornbread through the Mural Arts programs and the new pieces he saw popping up all around him on an endless canvas of abandoned homes and factories.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
MURAL ARTIST Eurhi Jones has turned the north wall of Bodine High School into a gigantic ocean wave, created a spectacular jungle on the exterior of the Philadelphia Zoo parking garage and painted a wildlife-rich "Walk Through a Pennsylvania Forest" at the Please Touch Museum. Now, she has turned her eye-popping palette and her passion for nature into a 10-block, 50-artworks trail that winds through her own neighborhood, Manayunk, and leads people to the new Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center on the Schuylkill River.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2015 | By Victoria Mier, For The Inquirer
Inside the art gallery at the end of the block on South Fourth Street, an eclectic array of artwork is bathed in harsh slants of light. Somehow both gritty and clean, lost-object art by an artist named MyDogSighs hangs across from A Common Name's stunning geodes, gleaming and winking in the light. The two artists, the former from the United Kingdom, the latter from California, were brought to Philadelphia by an arts initiative named HAHA x Paradigm. A collaborative effort of Paradigm Gallery, owned by Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, and Ginger Rudolph's global art publication HAHA magazine, HAHA x Paradigm is focused on bringing art to the community.
TRAVEL
December 21, 2014 | By Jonathan Ma, For The Inquirer
Graffiti crawl up exterior walls like webs of ivy, bending and twisting around rows of shuttered windows. At some street corners, layers of posters pile unevenly over this graffiti like papier mâché, stitching together urban blocks. When I traveled to Greece this year, my original itinerary focused on ancient history sites: the Parthenon, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Agora. These places all tell valuable Greek stories from centuries past through classical busts, orderly columns, and symmetrical ruins.
NEWS
February 10, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was that kind of week. Dreary. Cold. Freezing snow, icy rain, downed power lines, and, thanks to Punxsutawney Phil, a forecast of six weeks more of the same. But Friday morning, as the good people of Collingswood made their way downtown, it was almost as if someone had sprinkled Haddon Avenue with fairy dust: Overnight, trees appeared to have sprouted sweater-wraps of pink, purple, and pewter. Horse-head hitching posts sported little knit caps and scarfs. Former parking meters were gussied up in pole cozies.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Libby Rosof and Roberta Fallon are ready. They've got their artblog.org postcards laid out on Fallon's dining room table. They've got some artblog.org stats printed up. They've got a lime-green artblog.org tote bag tucked into itself like a tiny sculptural ball! "It's scary!" Fallon jokes, eyeing a reporter's tape recorder. "It's like us going in and interviewing people. We scare the bejeezus out of them!" Rosof chimes in: "We tag-team 'em!" Not to worry, she adds quickly.
NEWS
September 23, 2013 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
When the idea first bubbled up more than two decades ago during the Rendell administration, a greatly broadened arts and culture sector was to be Philadelphia's savior. Hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private money was poured into expansions and new buildings, sometimes creating institutions from whole cloth. New audiences, economic development, and civic vitality would follow, planners said. The arts were the centerpiece of the plan, and it worked. Today, at least one arts booster harbors no doubts about how much of Center City's success can be traced to the arts.
NEWS
August 12, 2012 | By Bonny Ghosh, Associated Press
NEW YORK - In torn jeans and saddled with a black backpack, Andrew Witten glances up and down the street for police. He then whips out a black marker and scribbles "Zephyr" on a wall covered with movie posters. He admires his work for a few seconds before his tattooed arms reach for his daughter, holding her hand as he briskly walks away. Witten and a generation of urban latchkey kids who spray-painted their initials all over Manhattan in the 1970s and '80s and landed in the city's street-art scene are coming of age - middle age, that is. And like Witten, a 51-year-old single father, some street artists considered now to be graffiti elders are having trouble putting away their spray-paint cans.
TRAVEL
January 22, 2012 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Beyond this gateway city's endless stretch of beachfront condos and restaurant-lined avenues, in what was once a desolate warehouse district, street art and graffiti have been elevated to a new level in a park named Wynwood Walls. Often called the Museum of the Streets, this urban gallery featuring murals by renowned artists from all over the world has no admission fee. Its creator, real estate maven Tony Goldman, had an epiphany after visiting midtown Miami's Wynwood neighborhood with his son, Joey, in 2005.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2011 | BY MOLLY EICHEL, eichelm@phillynews.com 215-854-5909
A DRAWING of a naked woman scrawled with the catcall "Damn Girl You Thick," Beyoncé song lyrics spray-painted on a wall, a small sticker with the scribbled message "osama is a muslim. " The funny, the political, the colorful, the arresting: These are the images that catch Conrad Benner's eye as he walks around Philadelphia, camera in hand. Benner, 26, posts pictures of street art to his blog StreetsDept.com, which averages about 1,000 page-views a day, and sends on-the-fly pictures out on his Twitter account, @streetsdept, to his 2,636 (as of yesterday)
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