Cohabitation Strategies’ latest project Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge initiated a series of Actions last month in South Philadelphia. The first Action, which main aim was sharing and exchanging local knowledge, took place on a fenced vacant lot which was opened up and transformed into a community space at 632 Jackson Street.

Narratives shared over the last months by community members as part of a participatory-action research were performed by the Philadelphia Theater of the Oppressed to raise awareness and open up the discussion among participants.  Community members reveled and discussed issues impacting the community, and eventually broke up in three groups addressing different economic, social and spatial aspects. The groups have evolved into committees with active and engaged community members in the last weeks. Click here to see photos and video from this event. Action 2 will take place at this new neighborhood hub on July 18th.  More to come soon!

Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge is a project by Cohabitation Strategies with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s Restored Spaces Initiative. Curated by Lucía Sanromán. Project Manager Shari Hersh. Major support for Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. For more information follow the project’s website.

Photo by Steve Weinik
Graphic Design by Heidi Chisholm