Chester Made Cultural Exploration Zone

Pennsylvania Humanities Council

2016
$287,500

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Reclaim. Rebuild. Repurpose. workshop, part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s Chester Made Cultural Exploration Zone. Photo by Mark Garvin.

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Pop Up Makerspace, part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s Chester Made Cultural Exploration Zone. Photo by Mark Garvin.

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Reclaim. Rebuild. Repurpose. workshop, part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s Chester Made Cultural Exploration Zone. Photo by Mark Garvin.

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Guests view historical photographs during the 2015 Arts Loop in downtown Chester. Photo by Mark Garvin.

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Reclaim. Rebuild. Repurpose. workshop, part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s Chester Made Cultural Exploration Zone. Photo by Mark Garvin.

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L. Ward, owner and operator of Search & Rescue, in his gallery on Avenue of the States in Chester.

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Black & White exhibition view. Photo by Devon Walls

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Reclaim. Rebuild. Repurpose. workshop, part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s Chester Made Cultural Exploration Zone. Photo by Mark Garvin.

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council's (PHC) Chester Made Cultural Exploration Zone engages the community in the collection, interpretation, and revitalization of Chester's underground history in the downtown cultural district and corridor, through programs with interdisciplinary practitioners in history, creative placemaking, and urbanism. Utilizing historical research and community input gathered during a series of interpretive programs and community-curated events, PHC is putting forth new city narratives and expanding its digital Cultural Asset Map, marking places of significance across the city. Audiences are invited to participate in a number of events and programs, including multimedia walking tours, public and performance art that unearth the city's untold history, and pop-up "maker spaces" in which community members design prototypes that beautify, reinterpret, and animate vacant public spaces. The project will culminate in a community festival inspired by Chester's history. In 2014, PHC received a Center Discovery grant in support of the initial planning process that informed this project.


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