People's Paper Co-op Inquirer Article

06 DecPeople’s Paper Co-op Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

The People’s Paper Co-op, the SPACES Cycle 1 project that connects men and women in re-entry with...

The People’s Paper Co-op, the SPACES Cycle 1 project that connects men and women in re-entry with creative entrepreneurship and advocacy opportunities, is featured in this weekend’s Philadelphia Inquirer with a full-page spread.

“Karon Smith, 28, used to sell drugs, a means of making ends meet in his impoverished North Philadelphia neighborhood. These days, he’s got a different kind of corner hustle.

His new gig is at the People’s Paper Co-op, a social enterprise start-up that coordinates with volunteer lawyers to run clinics expunging criminal records, then turns the shredded records into handmade paper, journals, and note cards for sale.

For people like Smith, that means a fresh start – and the chance to generate income while helping others in his community.

“I actually turned a five-page record into a one-page record. That’s big,” he said. “I feel like a new person.” ”

Read the full story here.

07 NovWatch: King Britt’s SPACES Residency, Live from North Philadelphia

King Britt’s SPACES Residency, Playback Musik, brought together neighborhood musicians to create...

King Britt’s SPACES Residency, Playback Musik, brought together neighborhood musicians to create a sonic portrait of our North Philadelphia neighborhood. Videographer Jon Kaufman built this video portrait of the residency — from album concept to launch party with a standing ovation.

Listen: Playback Musik drops freestyle track

Artists from King Britt’s SPACES Cycle 1 supergroup, Playback Musik, dropped this freestyle track...

Artists from King Britt’s SPACES Cycle 1 supergroup, Playback Musik, dropped this freestyle track to celebrate the launch of their album.

Village Table SPACES

25 OctThe Village Table featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

“Despite brisk winds and ominous clouds hanging over North Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, members...

“Despite brisk winds and ominous clouds hanging over North Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, members of Amber Art and Design, a Philadelphia art collective, hurried around the mosaic-tiled plaza known as Meditation Park, hanging strings of lights and driving tiki torches into the ground.

It was closing night of the Village Table: a series of four-course communal meals that are part social experiment, part art project, and part community-health intervention.

The monthly pop-up feasts on the 2500 block of North Alder Street for anywhere from 50 to 100 guests were conceived by Amber Art and Design as part of a residency at the Village of Arts and Humanities. You can’t buy your way into these meals: Diners must contribute volunteer hours or a family recipe.

“Sharing a personal family recipe is a very intimate experience, and we value that,” Amber Art’s Keir Johnston said. “We collect recipes as a way of getting a census of the community, what their culinary reality is.”

Read the full story here.

23 AugWatch: Amber Art & Design create “Village Table” as SPACES artists

Videographer Jon Kaufman tells the sweet summer story of The Village Table, a magical pop-up restaurant...

Videographer Jon Kaufman tells the sweet summer story of The Village Table, a magical pop-up restaurant that appeared monthly in Meditation Park at The Village. The Village Table is the brainchild of Cycle 1 SPACES artists Amber Art & Design.

village chairs

23 AprNew SPACES Artist in Residence Program funded by Knight Foundation

“To support emerging and mid-career artists, the Village Artist-in-Residence program will award...

“To support emerging and mid-career artists, the Village Artist-in-Residence program will award yearlong residencies to exceptional artists seeking community based social practice for the investigation and execution of their work. In exchange for a commitment to create an original project that responds to, engages and/or reflects on the North Philadelphia community, the residents receive housing, a $10,000 stipend, access to extensive art-making facilities, a solo exhibition and a critical catalogue. The Village will partner with universities and museums to share resources and provide additional career-making opportunities such as lectures and workshops. For many artists, the program will be the first time they are able to fully devote themselves to their artistic practice.

The Village of Arts and Humanities supports the community’s voices and aspirations by providing opportunities for self-expression rooted in art and culture. The Village inspires people to be agents of positive change through programs that spark creativity, engage youth, revitalize community, preserve heritage and respect the environment.”

Read the full announcement here.