Some of us never set foot in the neighborhoods that make up most of the city of Philadelphia. You can drive though Center City in 10, maybe 15 minutes. But it could take hours to drive through the other neighborhoods of Philadelphia, which are marked by run down buildings, abandoned warehouses and factories, empty lots covered in randomly dumped garbage, and backyards and street corners adorned with the occasional teddy bear marking an untimely death. But we Philadelphians are part of these neighborhoods as much as we are part of the insular Old City. We are part of Philadelphia, the whole city, and we are responsible for it.
In 2007, Andy Kim planted 8th St. Community Church at the intersection of 8th and Butler Streets in Hunting Park, Philadelphia – the same intersection where, back in the 80s, the so-called “Blue Tape Warriors” sold with impunity massive quantities of illegal drugs. Andy manages a summer camp each year for the kids in the neighborhood and hopes in the next couple of years to open a vocational school in the area. 8th Street Community Church has done more for his neighborhood in a few years than the city of Philadelphia has done in decades.
Recently, Andy managed to purchase an abandoned building on the opposite corner from his church, hoping to rehabilitate it and use as a community center. But even with a great deal of generous help, the community center remains far from useable.
RE-8 is a site-specific project featuring works on paper which explore a theme of re-habilitation, re-storation and re-newal of life and hope in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Philadelphia.
RE-8’s aim is to invite people, through art and charity, to get to know the city that we call “home,” and for art to come out of its comfort zone and thrive in an unexpected corner of the city.
All works will be available for purchase and all proceeds will be used for the renovation of the 8th St. Community Center. Donations of any amount will also be accepted.
We hope too see you on May 18!
Sabina Tichindeleanu, artist and curator.
Emilie Keim, co-curator.