2515 Frankford Ave · Philadelphia, PA 19125 · phone: 215.427.0350 · fax: 215.427.1302
Projects & Events
NKCDC works to create links between the talented craftsman and artists in the neighborhood and revitalization efforts. This is achieved by hosting various events and collaborating with other individuals and groups. Below are some recent projects and upcoming events which NKCDC implemented through collaborative efforts with local artists.
The Frankford Avenue Theater & Arts Center
This neighborhood has a long history of performance space along Frankford Avenue. In 1920s the Brunswick, New Ambler and Palm Theaters provided a multitude of performance space. NKCDC is now looking into the possibility of developing The Frankford Avenue Arts Center, a multi-dimensional art center combining gallery and performance space with permanent arts-related offices (more info).
The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby
In conjunction with EKNA's Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, each spring NKCDC hosts the annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby! The derby is a celebration of art and human-powered transit, pitting sculptures against one another along a three-mile urban course. Sculptures aren't the only thing on parade though - the Kinetic Sculpture Derby is an economic development initiative to showcase some of our new local businesses - our businesses on parade! For more information please visit www.kinetickensington.org
Waterfront Wednesdays at Penn Treaty Park
What could be better than a relaxing summertime concert by the waterfront? How about six of them! NKCDC, Parks and Recreation, PECO Excelon, and others have teamed up to present Waterfront Wednesdays, a free concert series at Penn Treaty Park featuring local artists! For more info visit www.penntreatymusic.com.
Frankford Avenue Artsrack Project
It's a sculpture! It's a chair! It's Artracks, five multi-tasking creations from local design teams that serve the bike-bound, while encouraging others to Park it Here and stay awhile on Frankford Avenue (more info).
Big Green Block Streetscape Mural
Throughout the summer of 2009 the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program engaged dozens of city youth in creating a streetscape mural along the 2100 block of Norris Street. Students used glass, ceramic, and paint to create a collection of vignettes that guide pedestrians from Front Street to Frankford Avenue. This Mural Corps educational art project focuses on telling the story of the water cycle and the Delaware Estuary, tying in the neighborhood’s riverfront history as well as its commitment to sustainability (more info).
Frankford Avenue Bench Project
In 2002, to provide convenience and beauty for the residents of Fishtown and Kensington traveling by public transport, NKCDC worked with local artists to design 10 benches to be located at bus stops on the Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor (more info).