| Happy Women’s History month Friends of the Rail Park is a women-led organization. Our small-but-mighty team is spearheaded by Rebecca Cordes Chan, Executive Director, and Ava Schwemler, Strategic Communications Manager. And 8 of our 11 Board Members are women, too! Are you passionate about green space, community, arts, and culture? The Rail Park team is growing! We’re hiring a Public Programs Manager (contract position), so help us spread the word to anyone who might be interested. APPLY NOW Deadline to apply is March 12, 2021 Tire Swing Update As one of our Tire Swing microgrant recipients, artist and cultural worker Ali Ruffner created Voices of the Neighborhood: Mapping Messages and Memory, a follow-up to their installation at the Rail Park’s Site + Sound in 2019.|
“I feel like connection and community are aspects of survival right now. Parks are a space where neighbors can meet, talk, kickback, explore, share, and love. I moved this project into the virtual realm in an effort to keep neighbors connected in a safe way across the Rail Park Space” — Ali Ruffner
This North Philadelphia community-generated story sharing platform hopes to connect neighbors across social distancing guidelines, ages, languages, and temporality, building a map that allows people to experience stories, browse oral histories, and share their own messages and memories. ADD YOUR OWN STORY What do you want to hear about? What kind of news would you most like to hear about from the Rail Park? We want to know. Our super quick one-question survey will help us give you exactly the content you want most in future Rail Park newsletters. TAKE THE SURVEY Coming up We are big believers in the value of community—and even though community events look a little different this year than they did before COVID-19, we always love sharing information about events and activities our friends, neighbors, and partners are hosting. Unity at the Initiative Ongoing The Asian Arts Initiative is currently hosting Unity at the Initiative, a multi-site exhibition and in-home experience celebrating the work of Jeffrey Cheung and queer/trans artists of color in Philadelphia. LEARN MORE PCDC Scavenger Hunt EXTENDED to March 20th Looking for an adventure? PCDC is hosting a free, open-air Chinatown Scavenger Hunt, where you can explore all that Chinatown has to offer and even win some awesome prizes! Explore everything from landmarks and destinations to culture and community in this all-ages event. SIGN UP She Came to Slay: Envisioning a world where we are all free Every Friday in March, 7PM – 8:15 This virtual poetry series celebrates Women’s History Month in collaboration w/ Karen Smith and The Belmont Mansion. This donation-based event honors and supports Black creativity, Black entrepreneurship and our ancestors who braved The Underground Railroad Museum at The Historic Belmont Mansion. FREE TICKETS $10 Suggested Donation Know about an upcoming community event you think we should highlight? SUBMIT IT HERE Support the Rail Park When you donate to The Rail Park, you’re supporting more than just a park. You’re supporting a space where community and culture can thrive. Your donation will help us turn a piece of Philadelphia’s history into a safe and fun place for everyone. DONATE NOW Open every day, 7am–10pm
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What a long 14 months!
For those not in the know, PhilaMOCA was shut down by the city back in September 2019 with a change in zoning required to reopen. In January of this year we were granted the special exception for the new zoning and last month we cleared all of the code issues that accompanied the change. Throughout that long process we invested tens of thousands of dollars upgrading the room, mainly related to fire and safety matters, including fireproof curtains, fire-rated doors, additional egress signs and smoke detectors, and shunt trip safety switches (shuts off the PA and amps when the fire alarm goes off). We also soundproofed the entryway and 12th Street wall for the benefit of our neighbors.
All of these upgrades wouldn’t have been possible without the financial support of the public who have generously donated to our GoFundMe for the past year. We’ve been able to survive the pandemic with no income thanks to an EIDL loan, proceeds from Vans’ Foot the Bill program, and merchandise sales including t-shirts and posters. We’re almost ready for our final CO inspection, but have been waiting over a month now for the final piece of paperwork from the city. There’s no time estimate on when that will arrive, and due to pandemic restrictions we wouldn’t be able to reopen this year anyway, which is why we’re now turning back to the public to raise funds to cover rent and utilities while we wait things out.
Donations can be made to our GoFundMe page here:
Our Venmo account is also active: @PhilaMOCA
Your help is greatly appreciated! We plan on returning to a full time schedule with limited capacity once the city allows. Resurrection is nigh!
Magnet Magazine published a nice update on PhilaMOCA this past week, check it out here:
Despite being closed for the entirety of 2020, PhilaMOCA was named one of the Top 25 Best Galleries & Museums in America of the year by the American Art Awards, article here:
PhilaMOCA t-shirts are available in our Etsy shop:
The limited edition PhilaMOCA Vans, designed by Rodger Binyone, no longer available.
PAST EVENTS Dangerous Ponies : 12/16/11
Credit: Tachyphlaxis Bunny Sigler : 4/16/16
Credit: PhilaMOCA Zola Jesus : 10/3/17
Credit: Markit Aneight Koo Koo Kanga Roo : 11/24/17
Credit: wiskey2000 Ceremony : 12/19/17
Credit: Markit Aneight Matt Ox : 2/3/18
Credit: Feet First Prod Idles : 3/11/18
Credit: Markit Aneight Mdou Moctar : 5/3/18
Credit: Markit Aneight Space Lady : 9/11/18
Credit: Dissenter Works Chris Elliott : 1/5/19
Credit: Bob Sweeney Dead Milkmen : 9/1/19
Credit: Dissenter Works Copyright © 2020 PhilaMOCA, All rights reserved.
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PhilaMOCA531 N. 12th StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19123