The Village of Arts and Humanities
Arts based community development organization
This place simply oozes joy. Using art as well as trees, this “park” unexpectedly pops out of its urban environment, recreating the landscape with sculpture gardens, mural parks and meditation spaces. At “Angel Alley”, you’ll encounter powerful Ethiopian angel mosaics, shimmering with mirrors and tiles. Meditation Garden blends Chinese gardens, Islamic courtyards and West African architecture to create a spot for quiet contemplation.
The Village got started in 1986 when a Philadelphia artist began working with neighborhood kids to turn an abandoned lot into a park. One thing led to another and the Village has transformed the neighborhood into a lively, green environment. It’s programs include land reclamation, economic development, job training, health education, arts and other vital services to the community.
The Village currently runs an afterschool program in fashion design, video production, hiphop and herb gardening. Visit www.villagearts.org for more information on the program and upcoming work in the art gardens.
The Village Store features one-of-a-kind works by self-taught and emerging neighborhood artists.
In the neighborhood
Museums & Attractions
Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center
Urban Archives, Paley Library
1210 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122
- Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
- Wagner Free Institute of Science
- Temple University Libraries – The Special Collections Department
- The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection
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Restaurants & Dining