A Collaborative volunteer team is currently working with Recycled Artist-in-Residency (RAIR) on a conceptual design. RAIR is located on the site of Revolution Recovery, a recycling center in Tacony, and provides artists with salvaged materials, tools, and workspace to create works of art from waste. Our conceptual design will help RAIR expand and relocate the program on the Revolution Recovery site and strengthen its connectivity to the Delaware River, the surrounding community, and the future North Delaware Riverfront Greenway bike trail.
The Collaborative will be working with the Huntingdon Valley Library on a conceptual design for renovations. This suburban public library is located within minutes of several Northeast Philadelphia neighborhoods. It attracts a diverse user group that has grown as evening and weekend hours at several Free Library of Philadelphia sites have been reduced. Huntingdon Valley Library seeks to create spaces that better serve the needs of diverse users and to improve building systems to be more environmentally sustainable.
In South Philadelphia, Collaborative volunteers will help the Girard Academic Music Program “create an outdoor environment that reflects the creativity and vibrancy of the GAMP educational experience and serves as a good neighbor within the community.” The conceptual plan will explore opportunities for stormwater management, sustainability, accessibility, and safety and security. Their goal is to increase educational and recreational opportunities for students while creating a community amenity.
Through its Design Grant program, the Collaborative helps nonprofits succeed in the challenging arena of community and economic development. Every grant offers a unique scope of design services and team of volunteer design professionals to meet the needs of the nonprofit and the community it serves. Design Grants prepare nonprofits so they can advance to the next stage of community development: gaining support, raising funds, and building projects.