The Playground for Useful Knowledge opened at 632 Jackson St. over the summer as a sort of pop-up space on an empty lot that is meant to engage the community through various programs, art and open dialogue.
This new space on Jackson Street is just the start of things to come from the Mural Arts Program’s collaboration with Cohabitation Strategies. At an upcoming Lower Moyamensing Civic Association meeting on Feb. 1, you’ll have a chance to hear about the impact of this “playground” and talk about the future growth of this program and how it could have a bigger impact on the “South Seven.”
To start, what exactly is the “South Seven?” The Mural Arts Program outlined seven interconnected neighborhoods in South Philly that while connected, offer a diverse landscape of individuals. The neighborhoods included in this are Passyunk Square, East Passyunk Crossing, Dickinson Square West, Pennsport Greenwich, Lower Moyamensing and Whitman.
This community space on Jackson Street is expected to be the first of many, as this initiative grows with more community feedback. The purpose of the Playground for Useful Knowledge is to connect the community through safer and cleaner neighborhoods.
At this meeting on Feb. 1, Shari Hersh of the Mural Arts Program will be speaking on the issues and improvements being made through this one community space, along with bigger plans for the future. Since this started over the summer, they’ve established a new program called “Trash Academy” to help contain the garbage problem on our streets.
The meeting is being held on Feb. 1 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Fumo Family Branch at 2437 S. Broad St. Read more about the Playground for Useful Knowledge here.