On September 9th, 2016, South Kensington Community Partners (SKCP) with event partners LISC, Spiral Q, and Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, hosted a neighborhood dinner on North American Street for the inaugural "American Street Feast:A Celebration of our Neighborhood."

The American Street Feast arose out of the need for a space that provoked increased dialogue between members of this community, while celebrating their diversity.

Additionally, the South Kensington neighborhood is a part of a $15 million transformation project, and this opportunity to rebuild provided a perfect catalyst to strengthen community relations. The engagement of residents in an event centered around arts and culture allowed them to become co-creators of a feast that not only celebrated themselves, but their neighbors as well.

The celebration of this neighborhood was highlighted with a dinner shared by all residents. Dinner was served with napkins created by the children who lived in South Kensington alongside artists at Second State Press.

After the dinner, residents then continued to line the streets, dancing to music performed by local musicians:The Jeffhouse Band.

Organizers hope that this successful American Street Feast has jumpstarted the desire for residents to continue to be active in creating a neighborhood that is good for all.

Find more information about grant opportunites like the one that funded the American Street Feast below:

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Michaela Bolotin


Annie O’Neill; Jared Gruenwald; LISC

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