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This spring, DRWC launched an exciting initiative to establish a new program, Delaware River Waterfront Arts, designed to bring high-quality permanent and temporary public art, events, and creative programming to the six-mile stretch of the Central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia from Allegheny Avenue to Oregon Avenue.

Thanks to a grant from the William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia-based Interface Studio and Oakland-based Hood Design Studio will lead a public art and programming master plan process with the goal of establishing a sustainable and community-guided platform to reshape how the Delaware River Waterfront is experienced through creative works.  

The culmination of this work will be a framework for DRWC and its partners to operationalize this new program and begin commissioning public art, documenting opportunity sites and translating the values the community identifies as themes they’d like to see emerge in creative works along the Delaware riverfront. This first chapter of the Delaware River Waterfront Arts program will also conclude with the commissioning and installation of a pilot project; site, concept, and artist to be determined as a part of the process over the coming months.

A Steering Committee of stakeholders, leaders from the nonprofit/public arts world in Philadelphia, civic leaders, and local artists will act as stewards of the process, which includes a robust community engagement effort. Project updates and information about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved will be posted here, so stay tuned!


Project Steering Committee

Margot Berg, Public Art Director, City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Jamie J. Brunson, Executive Director, First Person Arts

Laura S. Griffith, Associate Director, Association for Public Art

Julia Guerrero, Director, Percent for Art Program & Advisory Board of Design, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Job Itzkowitz, Executive Director, Old City District

Hilary Jay, Chief Creative Officer, Jay

Kelly Lee, Chief Cultural Officer and Director, City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Sean McMonagle, Legislative Assistant, Office of Councilman Mark Squilla

Patrick J. Morgan, Philadelphia Program Director, Knight Foundation

Harry Philbrick, Founding Director, Philadelphia Contemporary 

Joan Reilly, Chief Operating Officer, Mural Arts Philadelphia

Jessica Richards, Program Officer, William Penn Foundation

Ricardo Rivera, Creative Director, Klip Collective

Nick Stuccio, President & Producing Director, FringeArts

Jennifer Turnbull, Interim Executive Artistic Director, Spiral Q

Denise Valentine, Storyteller, Roots & Wings 

Gerry Wang, Board Member, Asian Arts Initiative