|Thank you to our incredible community for contributing to the Rail Park on #GivingTuesday. If you donated to the campaign between December 1 and December 6, your donation was DOUBLED by our Board! In total, we raised $5,200 from our campaign, which will go towards funding new plant life on the park, and toward our efforts to obtain a feasibility study for the full three mile vision. A feasibility study will help us better understand what is possible for the future of the Rail Park, how much it will cost, and what our next steps should be! In the meantime, the addition of more plant life at the park will enhance the park’s beauty and biodiversity in the upcoming new year. |
It is because of supporters like you that the Rail Park continues to thrive, and our planning process for the full three miles is in motion. Thank you! Sincerely,
Rebecca & Ava
Listen: Sounds of the Rail Park
Our new podcast series, Sounds of the Rail Park, is now available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin, where ever you stream your podcasts! Sounds of the Rail Park explores the sights, sounds, and spaces of the Rail Park. Episode 1 explores Phase One of the park, reflecting on its history and highlighting its natural, built, and creative landscape.
Shout out to our partners at Studio D for helping us create this podcast series, and to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Donor-Advised Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation which supports this initiative and other community programming at the Rail Park.
STREAM EPISODE 1 ON SPOTIFY
Coming up Re-imagining Philadelphia Applications due December 15 Do you want to help determine how $1 Million in city budget funds are spent? The city is looking for 10-15 members of the public who will join members appointed from various city Advisory Commissions for the Re-Imagine Philadelphia Steering Committee, made up of about 40 people tp will help the Philadelphia City Planning Commission craft a vision for Philly that is created for and led by residents and plan for a city budget distribution of $1 Million. If you’re interested in applying for the Steering Committee, you can apply online until December 15.
Accepted participants will receive a small stipend for their time and be expected to participate in 12 of 15 meetings (2 hours each) to be held between December 2020 and Spring 2022 (virtually for the foreseeable future). APPLY FREE Virtual Art Class & Supplies
December 20 Power of Paint Art Academy, a 2020 Tire Swing Fund grant recipient, is hosting a FREE virtual art class on December 20th from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. With your registration, you’ll receive a free package of art supplies for the class, delivered right to your home. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or text Teisha at (215) 948-9417. One Percent for Art – Call for Artists Submissions due January 4 The City of Philadelphia’s One Percent for Art Program and Delaware River Waterfront Corporation seek to commission a high quality, original, and site specific sculptural public artwork that is integrated with the site’s design. The artwork has the opportunity to be integral to the design of the park’s features such as walks, low walls, shade structures at the garden or stage, or seating terraces and elements. This integration could help tell the many stories – historic, present and future – that make up the site’s past and the park’s potential to speak to all Philadelphians and visitors, with meaning, inclusivity and thoughtfulness. The artwork could also be a singular grand sculptural element. Response Deadline: January 4, 2021. LEARN MORE Support the Rail Park When you donate to The Rail Park, you’re supporting more than just a park. You’re supporting a space where community and culture can thrive. Your donation will help us turn a piece of Philadelphia’s history into a safe and fun place for everyone. DONATE NOW Open every day, 7am–10pm
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What a long 14 months!
For those not in the know, PhilaMOCA was shut down by the city back in September 2019 with a change in zoning required to reopen. In January of this year we were granted the special exception for the new zoning and last month we cleared all of the code issues that accompanied the change. Throughout that long process we invested tens of thousands of dollars upgrading the room, mainly related to fire and safety matters, including fireproof curtains, fire-rated doors, additional egress signs and smoke detectors, and shunt trip safety switches (shuts off the PA and amps when the fire alarm goes off). We also soundproofed the entryway and 12th Street wall for the benefit of our neighbors.
All of these upgrades wouldn’t have been possible without the financial support of the public who have generously donated to our GoFundMe for the past year. We’ve been able to survive the pandemic with no income thanks to an EIDL loan, proceeds from Vans’ Foot the Bill program, and merchandise sales including t-shirts and posters. We’re almost ready for our final CO inspection, but have been waiting over a month now for the final piece of paperwork from the city. There’s no time estimate on when that will arrive, and due to pandemic restrictions we wouldn’t be able to reopen this year anyway, which is why we’re now turning back to the public to raise funds to cover rent and utilities while we wait things out.
Donations can be made to our GoFundMe page here:
Our Venmo account is also active: @PhilaMOCA
Your help is greatly appreciated! We plan on returning to a full time schedule with limited capacity once the city allows. Resurrection is nigh!
Magnet Magazine published a nice update on PhilaMOCA this past week, check it out here:
Despite being closed for the entirety of 2020, PhilaMOCA was named one of the Top 25 Best Galleries & Museums in America of the year by the American Art Awards, article here:
PhilaMOCA t-shirts are available in our Etsy shop:
The limited edition PhilaMOCA Vans, designed by Rodger Binyone, no longer available.
PAST EVENTS Dangerous Ponies : 12/16/11
Credit: Tachyphlaxis Bunny Sigler : 4/16/16
Credit: PhilaMOCA Zola Jesus : 10/3/17
Credit: Markit Aneight Koo Koo Kanga Roo : 11/24/17
Credit: wiskey2000 Ceremony : 12/19/17
Credit: Markit Aneight Matt Ox : 2/3/18
Credit: Feet First Prod Idles : 3/11/18
Credit: Markit Aneight Mdou Moctar : 5/3/18
Credit: Markit Aneight Space Lady : 9/11/18
Credit: Dissenter Works Chris Elliott : 1/5/19
Credit: Bob Sweeney Dead Milkmen : 9/1/19
Credit: Dissenter Works Copyright © 2020 PhilaMOCA, All rights reserved.
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