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Art of Active Play

Community design-build projects, a family play day, and a healthy play panel show the link between physical activity and childhood health
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The Community Design Collaborative, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health/Get Healthy Philly, and Public Workshop teamed up to open up a public dialogue about physical activity and childhood health and to transform underutilized spaces in neighborhoods into opportunities for active play.

Community Design-Build on Lancaster Ave | August 17 - October 4, 2015
Art of Active Play began with three community design-build projects. Public Workshop engaged youth, design professionals, artists, and community members in creating low-cost play pieces that invite children, particularly girls, to be physically active. 

Installation at Smith Playground | October 8 - 16, 2015
The play pieces were re-installed at Smith Memorial Playground during DesignPhiladelphia, before moving to permanent locations in Philadelphia neighborhoods. 

Family Play Day | October 12, 2015, 11am - 2pm | Smith Memorial Playground
Columbus Day turned into a “day of discovery” as nearly 250 Philadelphians came out to try our play pieces—and all the other great stuff Smith Memorial Playground has to offer. 

Healthy Play Panel | October 8, 2015, 6pm - 8pm  | Smith Memorial Playground
Experts in public health, education, and design talked about physical activity and its impact on childhood learning and health. 

DesignPhiladelphia Next Generation Track | October 8 - 16, 2015 | various locations
The Collaborative sponsored a series of events during DesignPhiladelphia to encourage children, young adults, educators, and families to explore design and its ability to shape their future and create positive change.

Community Design Collaborative
Philadelphia Department of Public Health/Get Healthy Philly,
Public Workshop
Smith Memorial Playground
People’s Emergency Center

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
William Penn Foundation 



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