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ON THE GROUND: Call For Artists for Exhibition at 4017 Lancaster

Last fall, the arts took over Lancaster Ave between 35th and 40th Sts. The transformation was the product of LOOK!, a partnership between Drexel University, University City District, People's Emergency Center and community arts groups from Powelton Village and Mantua. The public art project included 16 visual and sound art installations in 13 Lancaster Ave. storefronts, including the one we now occupy as part of our pilot On the Ground initiative.
There was a group exhibition at 4017 Lancaster Ave., which now serves as our temporary media hub through mid-August, including women artists from Powelton, Mantua and Belmont, including Maria Anasazi, Wendy Graves-Papadopoulos, Mandy Katz, Liddy Lindsay, Virginia Maksymowicz, Rebecca Rose, Ellen Tiberino and Ana Uribe. "Women of Lancaster Ave.," featured an opening performance by exhibit curator Bonnie MacAllister and ran through October.

Now, MacAllister is helping Flying Kite curate its first art exhibition. We are accepting proposals for art to display at 4017 Lancaster Ave. from June 8 to July 31. This opportunity is open to artists:
- who live or hold a studio in the 19104 zip code
- working in any medium
- interested in showing work that is responsive to the theme of Transformation
Deadline for submissions is June 1. Opening exhibition will be in conjunction with Second Fridays on Lancaster Ave with reception and exhibition from 5-8pm on Friday, June 8 at 4017 Lancaster Ave. 
We are in good hands with MacAllister, who is well-known locally and internationally. MacAllister's works are often multi-genre, fusing painting, photography, slide installations, spoken word, video and performance. The teaching artist has performed and read her original writing in Ethiopia, France and in New York.
With the help of this inspiring local artist, we're hoping that we can continue the momentum created by LOOK! by bringing together West Philadelphia artists and residents to celebrate creativity and innovation, which can serve as a catalyst for business and cultural development along the Lancaster Ave. corridor.

JOE PETRUCCI is managing editor of Flying Kite. Send feedback here.

ON THE GROUND is a pilot initiative of Flying Kite that creates a temporary media hub in a vacant or under-utilized storefront or building and takes a deep dive on neighborhood transformation through news coverage, events and social media. After 90 days, it's on to the next neighborhood. 
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