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Six to Fix: Our Latest Grants of Design Services

  • Nicetown CDC is rethinking an empty space under Roosevelt Boulevard to keep kids active.

The Collaborative is pleased to announce six new grants of design services aimed at improving community-based facilities, commercial corridors, and urban schoolyards.

Community Assets

The Collaborative will develop a conceptual design for converting a rowhouse and vacant lot in North Philadelphia into program space for the National Center for Family Recovery/Black Lemonade Project, a public education organization which develops, implements and evaluates culturally specific self-help programs for parents and families living in high stress urban environments.

The Nicetown Community Development Corporation is transforming an underutilized open space under the Roosevelt Boulevard overpass into an outdoor sports court and skate park on its commercial corridor on Germantown Avenue and will be tapping the Collaborative for a conceptual design.

  • Freedom Theatre is seeking renovation advice from the Collaborative.

Commercial Corridors

Communities will also benefit from preliminary design services targeted to neighborhood commercial corridors. The Collaborative will help Mazzoni Center, a nonprofit dedicated to providing quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment, plan for relocation to a new space where its services and programs can be offered under one roof.

The New Freedom Theater, Inc., rooted in the African-American tradition and dedicated to achieving artistic excellence in professional theater and performing arts training to enrich the community, will receive design services to support the reorganization and renovation of its historic facility on North Broad Street.

Urban Schoolyards

Finally, the Collaborative is providing conceptual design services to Philadelphia public schools through the Philadelphia Water Department’s Green Schools Program. We’ll soon be working with the Eagles Youth Partnership and William D. Kelley School as well as Norris Square Neighborhood Project and William McKinley School to green the schoolyards of two public elementary schools in North Philadelphia.

The Collaborative demonstrates the value of design in revitalizing communities and tackling big issues. We provide low-cost preliminary design services to nonprofits in greater Philadelphia and meaningful, high-impact volunteer opportunities to design professionals. 

Through our service grant program, the Collaborative's volunteer design professionals work side-by-side with communities to put their visions down on paper and advance to the next stage: gathering support, raising funds, and building projects.

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