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Philadelphia Contemporary

7/21/2022 |

Philadelphia Contemporary has launched a Lived Culture program with the goal of creating an entire series of programs devoted to the practice of lived culture – the artistry of living and thriving in the everyday.   Funding will support two major boundary-pushing projects: Supine Horizons (2022), which focuses on rest, and More Than the Sum of Our Parts (2023), which focuses on food and culinary traditions.  It is unique because it centers and institutionalizes everyday creative practices within a contemporary art museum setting, and challenges the traditional way of viewing these practices.   PC believes that the Lived Culture curatorial program has the potential to help shift the contemporary art world at large. The hope is that this program will begin to change the discourse around contemporary art, particularly who it is for and who gets to determine what kinds of art get produced and presented.

VestedIn: Philly Rise

7/21/2022 |

Philly Rise is a five-year real estate accelerator program for emerging black and brown real estate developers designed to provide them with the training, affordable capital, technical assistance and networks they need to grow their companies. A cohort of 10-12 black and brown real estate developers will be recruited into Philly Rise each year with each developer receiving 14 weeks of high-level training, a committed pool of capital that they can promptly access for their projects, mentorship and coaching through the predevelopment and construction phases of their projects, and access to an ecosystem of developers, architects, contractors, and other residential development professionals in Philadelphia. The Philly Rise accelerator brings together a range of partner organizations (Black Squirrel, Urban Land Institute, Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation and AR Spruce) to provide developer cohorts with these resources.

Food Connect

7/21/2022 |

Food Connect is challenging the conventional wisdom underlying the traditional hunger relief model using effective data-driven designed technology.   Funds will support the design and testing of a Partner Portal, that aims to address three critical problems plaguing the hunger relief network: lack of predictability, communication barriers and seamless collaboration.   The Portal will enable large frontline hunger organizations, food donors and food donation recipients to easily communicate needs and availability to take advantage of the abundance of existing resources that are being massively underutilized.  The Portal will act as a one-stop-shop for hunger relief organizations whose singular goal is to feed the hungry. This integrated approach to connecting food donors’ resources, recipient needs, and real-time transport has not been addressed in the field of hunger-relief.

College Unbound

4/18/2022 |

Seventy-five percent of individuals in the United States from the lowest economic quartile who started post-secondary degrees, never finished. College Unbound (CU) is a contemporary accredited college that aims to reinvent the higher education experience to address the very real barriers that constrain underserved adult learners. A convenient schedule and support system tailored to working and parenting adults initially attracts students. They stay engaged because of the small cohort model and transformational curriculum that develops high-value, field-specific knowledge that builds on their interests and provides credit for life experience. After successfully completing the rigorous, project-based curriculum, students are awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership and Change. CU partners with nonprofits and businesses to enable access to CU’s target adult population and to embed degree completion in the workplace. In January, 2022 College Unbound (CU) Philadelphia launched two pilot cohorts in partnership with the Philadelphia Housing Authority and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The business model limits student debt and aims to further economic advancement.

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