The Pearl Street and DesignPhiladelphia PopUp Place creative space project, led by the Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Architecture (CFA) and Friends of the Rail Park, was named a recipient of one of 55 grants distributed by ArtPlace America to fund creative placemaking projects across the United States. Since 2012, ArtPlace has distributed grants for a total of 189 creative space projects with $56.8 million in funding.  



The grant will fund the revitalization of a 4-block corridor of Pearl Street – from 10th Street to Broad — in the Chinatown North and Callowhill neighborhoods as well as a series of events including to increase community interaction, create awareness of the neighborhood, and draw attention to the new arts and culture corridor. 

These events will lead up to the 2015 PopUp Place exhibition, a collaboration between Friends of the Rail Park and CFA and the kickoff of the annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival.

The Rail Park west of Broad Street passes within steps of some of Philadelphia's most celebrated arts and cultural institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, and the Barnes Foundation. Another kind of creative culture thrives east of Broad in the Callowhill and Chinatown North neighborhoods, where artist collectives, galleries, design studios, and makers have created a strong and distinct community central to the identity of the neighborhoods. Within this context, PopUp Place will feature an installation that celebrates this creative community’s role in placemaking and the important cultural connectivity of the Rail Park.

Read more about the 2014 ArtPlace America grant recipients, including the Center City District Foundation and The Village of Arts and Humanities, here.