These Philly artists just scored $3 million from Forman Arts Initiative

The Citizen reported in early May, FS Investments founder/CEO Michael Forman and his wife, Jennifer Rice, launched Art Works, a partnership between their Forman Arts Initiative, the Philadelphia Foundation and Drexel University, to award $3 million in grants for community-based organizations and emerging artists, primarily those of color and from other underrepresented communities.

Last week, the first cohort of grantees was selected from more than 100 submissions, after being reviewed by a committee including Thom Collins, executive director and president of Barnes Foundation; Jamie Brunson, executive director of First Person Arts; Anne Ishii, executive director of Asian Arts Initiative; art advisor Jaime Frankfurt; artist Pepón Osorio; and Forman, Rice, Pedro Ramos, president and CEO of Philadelphia Foundation, and Maggie Kirk, also of Philadelphia Foundation. | From: The Citizen (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

Garbage piles dumped near Philadelphia City Hall in Ya Fav Trashman protest

Bags of street litter and curbside trash Philadelphia neglected to pick up as scheduled were relocated Wednesday morning… to the front of the Municipal Services Building.

Led by Terrill Haigler of Ya Fav Trashman fame, a cohort of former city employees, volunteers and residents brought the garbage to the Center City plaza to send a message to Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration: You need to do better at cleaning Philly’s neighborhoods. | From: Billy Penn (Read more.)


Philadelphia: No vaccine mandate for city, transit or school employees

As government agencies nationwide begin mandating their employees amid coronavirus case surges, Philadelphia officials have no such plans in place — for now.

Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration confirmed it will not yet mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for the city’s 26,800 employees. And no mandates exist for SEPTA’s 9,000-member workforce or the school district’s 18,000 workers, officials confirmed. | From: Billy Penn (Read more.)


High fares for Regional Rail riders create a ‘tale of two transit systems’ in Philadelphia | Opinion

Just take a ride on SEPTA’s Regional Rail in the city, and compare that to the ride on a SEPTA bus. It’s striking how much whiter and more privileged the Regional Rail ridership appears to be. This is not just a tale of geography — wealthy suburban versus lower income inner-city riders

It is no wonder the systems are segregated. One is priced at a relatively affordable $2.00 per trip, the other is simply too expensive for many Philadelphians: The cheapest standard ticket on the Regional Rail is $4.00 per trip. | From: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Read more.)