PHILADELPHIA | March 23, 2009
Arts on South Rent-Free Artist Co-Ops
You wanted to be a novelist; your
parents said “ad copywriter.” You
thought you’d be the next Basquiat;
they said “graphic designer.”
Reclaim your dashed dreams on South
Street (of all places). Hoping to
inspire a renaissance, nonprofit
group Arts on South is asking those
of the creative persuasion to remake
Here’s the deal: Rather than let
empty storefronts suck up space,
they’re offering the buildings to
artists to use as galleries. All you
have to do is show a modicum of talent,
pony up the cost of utilities (no rent),
and set up shop.
Take the leap yourself or attend
gallery openings to support the ballsy
effort. So far, they’ve had seven
takers — from ecoartists to new
collective St. March Gallery.
None of whom are squatting;
they’re in real estate.
Gallery applications at Eyes Gallery,
402 South Street (215-925-0193).