Praxis Dialogues: Does Philadelphia need a Culture Plan?

When we dreamed of the future of FringeArts, we saw an arts center that was a hyper-social context for bold new art experiments. We wanted to not just be a performance venue, but a place where citizens could build community with art at its core. We found a former city building—an old pumping house for the Philadelphia Fire Department—and transformed it into an arts center that works in tandem with a bar, restaurant, and beer garden. Our decision to partner with a for-profit restaurant was our attempt to embed our work as an arts presenter within the fabric of the city’s nightlife.

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