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The Village of Arts and Humanities

Arts based community development organization


The Experience

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.

Don’t Miss

The Village currently runs an afterschool program in fashion design, video production, hiphop and herb gardening. Visit for more information on the program and upcoming work in the art gardens.

Outsider’s Tip

The Village Store features one-of-a-kind works by self-taught and emerging neighborhood artists.


2544 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133
(215) 225-7830

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