The Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge hub, located at 632 Jackson Street in the heart of South Philly, is the location where CohStra and their partners will stage three actions and a summer’s worth of workshops. In April this lot was an eyesore, a nuisance to the community. In the spirits of play and utility, it is important that the space become a beautiful, useable one, both welcoming to visitors and a point of pride for neighbors. Soumya Dhulekar, assisted by Latasha Billington and Margaret Kearney, led members of Mural Arts’ YVRP program in painting the finely detailed design, created by Heidi Chisholm in collaboration with CohStra, on a twenty-foot-long metal shipping container acting as an on-site outpost.
Photos by Steve Weinik and Julius Ferraro.
Major support for Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.