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An Arab cultural center uses art as a common language

Drum class at Northeast High School Students participate ata community workshop celebrating and exploring food from many cultures atNortheast High School Hafez Kotain instructing a drum class at Northeast High School Teacher Jay Fluellen in his music classroom at Northeast High School Students participate ata community workshop celebrating the diversity of food from many culturesNortheast

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FACTS Charter and Philadelphia Folklore Project collaborate to cultivate traditional arts, justice

Photo courtesy of Toni Shapiro-Phim Ephemeral Beauty, Lasting Lessons by Alex Jones The Philadelphia Folklore Project has been supporting and documenting folk arts and artists in the city’s diverse communities to create social change since 1987. “We have these long-term collaborations, long-term commitments to [communities] that develop into things depending on what’s needed at the

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Learning To Eat

Philadelphia’s Farm to School program expands by lee stabert
Over the last few years, school lunch has scored a prominent place in the national dialogue—whether it’s Michelle Obama’s initiatives, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution or “Fed Up With Lunch,” a Texas teacher’s disturbing blog documenting the daily menu at her school. It’s also an issue that’s poised

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Jobs: A Matter of Degrees

The old Frankford Arsenal is now home to solar panel installation trainingby Tim McCullough
A warehouse sits along the banks of Old Frankford Creek, in the Bridesburg section of Northeast Philadelphia. For a century and a half it was part of the Frankford Arsenal, manufacturing ammunition and weapons parts for the military. Opened in 1816, the

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Feature: Farmer’s Rap

Weaver's Way helps start high school farmsby Andrew ThompsonOn a May afternoon at Martin Luther King High School in East Germantown, several students tilled compost onto one of the many mounds being readied for sowing. Along with their stewards from nearby Weaver’s Way Co-op and the Philadelphia Orchard Project, they had just finished harvesting some

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Cover Story: A Natural Fit

The ultimate vision of an eco-friendly and educational urban oasisby Natalie Hope McDonaldThe sounds along Lancaster Ave. in West Philadelphia’s Overbrook neighborhood don’t usually include chirping. But on one overcast day in May, across the street from the U-Haul rental center and footsteps from a fruit and vegetable bodega, a small red-breasted bird whistled over

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Style and Substance

Philly U students learn the art and science of sustainable designby Judy WeightmanSometimes a random conversation with the person standing next to you in line leads to a new chapter in your life. That’s what happened to Rob Fleming and Chris Pastore, faculty members at Philadelphia University. “We were waiting to get our ID cards

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Girl’s Best Friend

Around 3 p.m., the girls trickle through the front door of a former upholstery shop. From public and private schools in Germantown, Mount Airy and beyond, they arrive in pleated skirts and blue jeans. Yvonne Haughton welcomes each by name as they shed jackets and knapsacks before helping themselves to pudding and hot chocolate.

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