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Arts & Artists

From small shops and studios to world-class restaurants and music venues, Philly artists are at home in the River Wards.

Help for Philly artists during Covid

A long list of organizations stepped forward with help for Philly artists and entrepreneurs affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Please tell us if you know of others.

Many of the Philadelphia-friendly artist resource organizations on this site are developing their own crisis response. You may also be eligible for a loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.


Other Lists

  • Authors League Fund publishes a list of emergency resources, and helps career authors, dramatists, journalists, and poets in emergency circumstances.
  • COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource is a clearinghouse for financial, legal and health assistance.
  • Creative Capital is compiling a a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists and arts professionals.

First Fridays

Philly artists, art lovers and businesses celebrate the creative spirit of the River Wards on the first Friday of every month. Businesses and galleries open their doors to art lovers of all kinds with food and drink specials, performances, and unique exhibitions. 

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Frankford Ave Arts

NKCDC formed Frankford Ave Arts in 2005 to foster the creative economy and revitalize the Frankford Avenue corridor. Today, we promote the thriving arts and creative business scene across the River Wards by connecting Philly artists with resources and promoting arts events through our networks.

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Artist Resources

Explore a curated list of arts opportunities and funding sources.

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PFCU Kensington Derby & Arts Festival

Whether you’re eating, drinking, selling art or driving a human-powered parade float through a mud pit, the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Derby & Arts Festival has something for you.

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