WHAT DID PEC CDC WISH EXISTED?

A vibrant public space. 
LoLa 38​

In 2016, Tabb Management was hired by People’s Emergency Center CDC, in partnership with the Lindy Institute of Urban Innovation at Drexel University, and Wexford Science + Technology as the project manager for LoLa 38, a creative placemaking project in West Philadelphia. 

 

LoLa 38 used arts and community programming as a strategy for community engagement and a tool to gather community input. Programming occurred on and around the 14-acre former University City High School (UCHS) construction site and at the former United Bank building. Drexel University and Wexford Science + Technology are co-owners and co-developers of the 14-acre UCHS site and the former United Bank building site is owned by PECCDC.

Informed by previous neighborhood plans and by collaborating with members of the community Working Group, local arts organizations, Drexel students and community volunteers, the project team:

  • transformed a portion of the United Bank parking lot into a parklet

  • planned 26 arts & community events

  • produced 1 community festival

  • hosted 6 workshops 

  • displayed 9 works of public art from local artists

 

...to encourage participation and inclusivity to extend beyond the project and fold into the long-term development of the community.

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WHAT DID WE DO?

  • Project Planning

  • Program Development

  • Vendor Management

  • Budget Management

  • Communications

  • Community Engagement

  • Website Management

 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Producing the Soul Farm Community Festival 

  • Giving residents a "new way to walk" by painting a colorful, geometric sidewalk mural outside The Bank

  • Listening to artists pitch their art to community members to choose which public art they wanted to see in their neighborhood

  • Watching my mother sing Destiny's Child with strangers during Sip N' Sang karaoke night