New Arts and Humanities Village Hires, 2022-23 Budget Increase for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Two Public Art Opportunities, and an Ice Cream Story

New Arts and Humanities Village Hires, 2022-23 Budget Increase for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Two Public Art Opportunities, and an Ice Cream Story

In this article, we bring you the great news from the Arts and Humanities Village – that they have hired six women – five of whom are black – for important programming roles in their community. We share the news that the Philadelphia Cultural Fund budget has been restored to 2022 levels in the city’s 2022-23 budget; and tell you about two new Percent for Art opportunities. Plus, a short story about the inventor of Philadelphia-style ice cream, Augustus Jackson.


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

Augustus Jackson, the inventor of ice cream in Philadelphia. Courtesy Shane Confectionary/Franklin Fountain.

Augustus Jackson, inventor of Philadelphia Style ice cream

Augustus Jackson started working in the White House at the age of nine in 1817. He became a great chef. During the 1830s, Jackson left Washington and returned 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 cream 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 uplift his community. Jackson became one of the richest people in Philadelphia thanks to his ice cream.

We suggest you try our Augustus Jackson inspired sundae if you stop by today! Sea salt caramel ice cream, pretzel balls, hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry

City Funding News for the Arts – Proposed $1 Million Cut to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund Has Been Canceled!

From the Cultural Alliance of Philadelphia… The city’s amended FY23 budget offers good news, as well as some disappointments. While we are grateful for the Board’s response to our request for increased allocations to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and other aspects of our advocacy program, it is clear that we cannot rest in our fight for a bolder approach to public funding of 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 be adopted this Thursday, June 23. We are very pleased that the Philadelphia Cultural Fund has been amended to receive an additional $1 million from the Mayor’s proposed budget and will receive a total of $3.5 million. Many City-owned arts and cultural venues have received additional operating and/or capital funding, which is a step in the right direction. In addition, there has been an increase in funding for security cameras and we are continuing conversations to determine how the cultural sector might be able to provide their institutions with such funding.

The city still needs to do more to recognize the importance of the many community-based and world-renowned arts and cultural institutions in the heart of Philadelphia. We look forward to building on the momentum of the #FundPHLArts rally held in May that brought our community together and united our voices.

In the meantime, we are working hard to advocate for increased funding for the arts throughout Pennsylvania. If you haven’t already, take two minutes to email your state legislators using our advocacy form.
Thank you for all of your support this advocacy season, our work would not be possible without your support by sending thousands of emails to City Council.
Patricia WilsonAden
President and CEO
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

The Arts and Humanities Village is hiring six women, including five black women, during Women’s History Month.

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

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

New members of the Village team include: (Pictures here)

Precious Blake, Senior Operations Manager. Precious is a talented artist, visual journalist and non-profit administrator. She co-develops systems and projects centered on holistic wellness and liberating vision with and for arts and cultural organizations. Precious has held leadership positions with prominent arts organizations and collectives, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, Black Womxn Flourish, and Arts Every Day.

Nathalie Cerin, responsible for the youth program. Nathalie is an experienced musician, educator and digital content creator. Previously, she worked in social services helping struggling Philadelphians, holding positions at Broad Street Ministry, BuildaBridge International and Episcopal Community Services. Nathalie is also the editor-in-chief of Woy Magazine, an online platform that aims to be a meeting place for Haitians in Haiti and abroad.

Holidays in Brittany, Director of Youth + Young Adult Programs. Brittany is an acclaimed artist and youth and community rights advocate. She has served in educational administration and nonprofit leadership 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 the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia. She previously served on the Village’s Board of Directors.

Jeannette Lloyd, Senior Manager, Special Projects. Jeanette is an artist, community builder and cultural producer who choreographs complex projects while centering connections. She led the planning and execution of The Village’s nationally recognized Staying Power exhibit. Jeanette was previously 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 called “Who Botter Otter”.

Kareen Preble, Senior Communications Specialist. Kareen is an accomplished strategic communicator with a passion for storytelling, relationship building and social impact. Prior to joining The Village, she spent several years working at a public relations agency, where she represented clients in various industries, including non-profit organizations like the African American Museum of Philadelphia and The Enterprise Center. In this role, she led communications strategy, oversaw partnerships and achieved millions of media impressions for national, local and niche media clients. 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 made up 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 youth in hopes that her story will resonate with others and demonstrate the need to reinvent the youth justice system.
The Arts and Humanities Village uses art to imagine and generate a thriving Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood where Black community residents are leaders, stewards, and the ultimate beneficiaries of reinvestment. Village ideas and actions are informed by expressed interests, observed needs and trusting 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

Both projects are for two artists or teams of artists, for community-oriented, site-specific public artwork for the Olney Recreation Center and the Paschalville Library. Full information and application instructions here.

Olney Leisure Center
Project budget: $185,000
Deadline: July 20, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Read and download the call for artists
Submit an artist application online

Olney Leisure Center is a reconstruction construction project featuring a new recreation center building, play areas suitable for different age groups, updates to outdoor playgrounds, new lighted walking paths, as well as updates ADA accessibility. The Olney Leisure Center represents the largest reconstruction project to date.
The public art opportunity is to create a sculptural or two-dimensional art installation on a portion of the exterior wall of the site near the installation, along E. Spencer Street. Artists should consider appropriate durable materials other than paint alone and are encouraged to interpret what an art wall application might be, beyond the typical wall paint.

Paschalville Library
Project budget: $90,000
Deadline: July 22, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Read and download the call for artists
Submit an artist application online

Paschalville Librarya branch of the Philadelphia Free Library, is a rebuilding 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 Avenue side of the library which 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 suitable and durable for outdoor application and will be part of the Story Circle.

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