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Village of Arts and Humanities New Hires, 2022-23 budget increase for Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Two Public Art Opportunities, and an Ice Cream story

In this post we tell you about the awesome news from the Village of Arts and Humanities -- that they've hired six women -- five of them Black -- for important programming roles in their community. We share the news that the Philadelphia Cultural Fund budget has been restored to the 2022 level in the City's 2022-23 budget; and tell you of two new Percent for Art opportunities. Plus, a news item about the inventor of Philadelphia style ice cream, Augustus Jackson.



(From our good friend Betty L)
Greetings Philly Ice Cream Lovers,
I’m sharing information within your historical and culinary interests.
I received the information below from one of Philly’s oldest candy stores, “Shane Confectionery,” 110 Market St. Shane Confectionery also owns The Franklin Fountain, a popular old fashioned ice cream parlor, 116 Market St.

Augustus Jackson, the inventor of Philadelphia Style ice cream

Augustus Jackson started working in the White House when he was nine years old in 1817. He became a top chef. Sometime in the 1830s Jackson left Washington and moved back to his hometown of Philadelphia. He opened his own business as a confectioner. Jackson then discovered a new way to make ice cream without eggs, by adding salt to the ice to allow it to freeze at a cold temperature, today we call it Philadelphia Style. Jackson wholesaled his ice cream to Black business owners, and shared his way of making ice cream with them to help lift up his community. Jackson become one of the wealthiest people in Philadelphia with his ice cream.

We suggest trying our Augustus Jackson inspired sundae if you are stopping by today! Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream, Pretzel Balls, Hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry

Philadelphia city hall captured from north broad street, with PAFA's paintbrush sculpture visible on the right amongst the tall city buildings.
City Hall, Philadelphia, pictured from North Broad Street. Photo courtesy M. Edlow, Visit Philadelphia

News on city funding for the Arts – The proposed Philadelphia Cultural Fund cut of $1M was reversed!

From the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance…The City’s amended FY23 budget offers some good news, along with some disappointments. While we are grateful to Council’s response to our call for increased allocations for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and other aspects of our advocacy agenda, clearly, we cannot rest in our fight for a bolder approach to public funding for Philadelphia’s cultural sector.

On June 16, 2022 the FY23 Budget was amended and received its first reading by the City Council. The budget will pass this Thursday, June 23. We are very pleased that the Philadelphia Cultural Fund was amended to receive an additional $1 million from the Mayor’s proposed budget and will receive a total of $3.5 million. Many of the city-owned arts and culture venues received additional operating and/or capital funding, which is a step in the right direction. Additionally, there was increased funding for security cameras and we are pursuing conversations to determine how the cultural sector might be able to avail their institutions to such funding.

The City still needs to do more to recognize the importance of the many community-based and world-renowned arts and culture institutions at the heart of Philadelphia. We look forward to continuing to build on the momentum of the #FundPHLArts Rally held in May that brought our community together and united our voice.

In the meantime, we’re hard at work advocating for increased funding for the arts across Pennsylvania. If you haven’t already, take two minutes to send emails to your state legislators using our advocacy form.
Thank you for all your support this advocacy season, our work would not be possible without your support in sending thousands of emails to City Council.
Patricia Wilson Aden
President & CEO
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

The Village of Arts and Humanities hires six women, five of them Black women, during Women’s History Month.

The 36-year-old Philadelphia nonprofit located in North Philadelphia’s Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood that blends art with social justice, neighborhood revitalization, and youth development, has announced the hiring of six women, five of them Black women, during Women’s History Month.

These new team members are respected leaders in arts and culture, social justice, nonprofit management, education, and communications. I’ve included a release with more details about these new hires below. Here’s a link to some photos of the new team members for your use.

The Village’s new team members include: (Photos here)

Precious Blake, Senior Operations Manager. Precious is a gifted artist, visual journalist, and nonprofit administrator. She co-develops systems and projects that center holistic wellness and liberatory visioning with and for arts and culture organizations. Precious has held leadership roles at top arts organizations and collectives, including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, Black Womxn Flourish, and Arts Every Day.

Nathalie Cerin, Youth Program Manager. Nathalie is an experienced musician, educator, and digital content creator. She previously worked in social services helping Philadelphians experiencing scarcity, holding roles at Broad Street Ministry, BuildaBridge International, and Episcopal Community Services. Nathalie is also the lead editor for Woy Magazine, an online platform that seeks to be a meeting place for Haitians in Haiti and abroad.

Brittany Holiday, Director of Youth + Young Adult Programs. Brittany is an acclaimed youth and community advocate and artist. She has served in education and nonprofit leadership administration for more than a decade. Brittany is also a recipient of Billy Penn’s Who’s Next in Education Award and is a member of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She previously served on The Village’s Board of Directors.

Jeanette Lloyd, Senior Manager, Special Projects. Jeanette is an artist, community builder, and cultural producer who choreographs complex projects while centering connections. She spearheaded the planning and execution of The Village’s nationally recognized Staying Power exhibition. Jeanette previously served as the Director of Marketing and Partnerships at Technically Media and worked as a marketing consultant for Media In Neighborhoods Group (MING). Jeanette and several of her friends recently published a children’s book titled “Who Botter Otter.”

Kareen Preble, Senior Communications Specialist. Kareen is an accomplished strategic communicator with a passion for storytelling, relationship-building, and social impact. Before joining The Village, she spent several years working at a public relations agency, where she represented clients in various industries, including nonprofits like the African American Museum in Philadelphia and The Enterprise Center. In this position, she led communications strategy, oversaw partnerships, and secured millions of media impressions for clients in national, local, and niche news outlets. She previously worked in television news, most recently as a producer at NBC10 Philadelphia, where she covered major stories impacting the region.

Briannah Stoves, Youth Organizer – Youth Justice Campaign, Care, Not Control. Briannah (Bre) is a youth organizer with the Care, Not Control campaign, a coalition consisting of The Village, the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, the Youth Arts & Self-Empowerment Project, and the Juvenile Law Center. Bre uses poetry to share her experience as an incarcerated young person with the hopes that her story will resonate with others and demonstrate the need for a reimagination of the youth justice system.
The Village of Arts and Humanities uses art to envision and generate a thriving Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood where Black community residents are leaders, stewards, and ultimate beneficiaries of reinvestment. The Village’s ideas and actions are informed by the expressed interests, observed needs, and trusted relationships with community residents.
For more information, visit The Village website.


The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program and Rebuild announce two separate competitions totaling $275,000 in opportunities

The two projects are for two artists or artist teams, for site-specific, community driven public artwork for the Olney Recreation Center and Paschalville Library. Complete Information and Application Instructions here.

Olney Recreation Center
Project Budget: $185,000
Deadline: July 20, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
Read and Download the Call for Artists
Submit an Artist Application Online

Olney Recreation Center is a Rebuild construction project consisting of new recreation center building, playground areas tailored to different age groups, updates to the outdoor playing fields, new lit walking paths, as well as ADA accessibility updates. The Olney Recreation Center represents the largest Rebuild project to date.
The public art opportunity is to create a sculptural or two-dimensional art installation on a portion of the exterior site wall near the facility, along E. Spencer Street. Artists should consider durable materials appropriate other than paint-only and are encouraged to interpret what an art wall application could be, beyond the typical painted mural.

Paschalville Library
Project Budget: $90,000
Deadline: July 22, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
Read and Download the Call for Artists
Submit an Artist Application Online

Paschalville Library, a branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, is a Rebuild construction project, consisting of transformative interior and exterior library renovations and site improvements.
The public art opportunity will be at the outdoor “Story Circle” on the Saybrook Ave side of the library that will provide an intimate learning and gathering experience. Artists will be encouraged to interpret the history and culture of the Paschall and Elmwood communities through the creation of permanent, outdoor fixed seating using materials that are appropriate and durable for exterior application and will be a part of the Story Circle.