Chester Cultural Corridor Initiative

Pennsylvania Humanities Council

2014
$60,000

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The Deshong Museum. Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

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Historical postcard image of Deshong Museum. Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

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Deshong Commemoration Day, with a stilt walker from the African Masquerade Society of Philadelphia leading the Mayor and the people of Chester in a symbolic cultural walk to clear the path for spiritual restoration in the park. Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

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The Deshong Museum. Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

This project takes a novel approach to city planning, using theater and the arts to inform an eventual plan of action to revitalize Chester's historic Deshong Park. Community arts practitioners will be trained in grassroots storytelling and theater techniques, and they will ask local business owners, seniors, youth, artists, and Widener University students to enact their creative visions for the future of their waterfront city. The overarching goal will be to include and hear from local community members who rarely attend public meetings or participate in traditional methods of data collection, in an effort to rebuild an overall positive community identity, and to create conditions for social change and economic development.


Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.