The Storefront for Urban Innovation
Next City makes its home at the Storefront for Urban Innovation located at 2711 W. Girard Avenue in Philadelphia.
The Storefront is a place where people come together to think and talk about how to make cities more sustainable, livable and equitable places. In addition to producing our website at the storefront, we use the space for art installations and public events including readings, workshops and panel discussions. By working at street level in long-overlooked North Philadelphia, we aim to broaden and deepen the conversation about improving neighborhoods.
Ultimately, the Storefront provides a space for people to share ideas and contribute to an increasingly robust dialogue about issues such as infrastructure, the built environment, the economy and education.
Artist Submission Guidelines
Next City seeks artists to submit proposals for exhibits in the Storefront. Each exhibit will occupy our front window as well as our interior space for a period of three to six weeks and must relate to relevant urban policy issues.We can offer a small honorarium for the work, depending on the effort and materials required for installation. We plan on hosting an opening event for each exhibition and publicizing the work through various channels. We will review and accept proposals on a rolling basis. Artists interested in applying should send an email to Special Projects Director Liz Maillie at LizATnextcity.org with “Storefront Art” in the subject line.
- A description of the proposed artwork (not to exceed 300 words)
- Any images that will help explain the proposed work (the email’s contents should not to exceed 1 MB total; please consider providing links to images hosted on other sites such as Flickr instead of sending the images themselves)
- A timeline for the project
- The artist’s availability to install and de-install the project, and to participate in related Storefront events.
Upcoming Storefront Events
Philadelphia | Revisiting Ed Bacon’s Legacy and the Future of Planning in Philly | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Join Next City for a discussion with Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Urban Planning, and Greg Heller, author of Ed Bacon, moderated by Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Inga Saffron. More »
Recent Storefront Updates
The Brewerytown Spring Festival will take place in Next City’s home neighborhood this Saturday.
In anticipation of a fracking-related exhibit opening at the Storefront for Urban Innovation this Friday, we asked the artist about what prompted her to start turning Marcellus Shale into coffee cups.
Next City is seeking interns for the summer season.