Neighborhood Time Exchange – Next City

Community Engaged Design in America

Neighborhood Time Exchange

Broken City Lab, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, People’s Emergency Center
Neighborhood Time Exchange.

This written catalog documents the artist residency program organized by the art collective Broken City Lab and co-hosted by the People’s Emergency Center, a West Philadelphia-based community development organization, and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. The residency program provided artists with free studio space in exchange for skill-based contributions to community service projects along the Lancaster Avenue corridor in West Philadelphia. The Neighborhood Time Exchange is a great example of how a community development corporation has partnered with artists and cultural nonprofits to infuse their work with the arts while remaining sensitive to market dynamics in a historically African American neighborhood facing the pressures of gentrification.

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Organizations Referenced

Broken City Lab, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, People's Emergency Center 

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