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PhiLAnthropist: Beautify With The Watts House Project

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Get out to Watts tomorrow! Photo by feelsgoodlost via Flickr.

The Watts House Project (video) goes way beyond your average neighborhood beautification projects. It is large-scale "collaborative artwork in the name of neighborhood redevelopment" that seeks to engage a variety of individuals, from the residents of 107th street, to artists, to educators and community members. The project, according to artist and director, will Edgar Arceneaux, transform and remodel all 20 residences on the street through a collaboration with an artist, architect and resident of the property.

Tomorrow, they will host their second volunteer day with GOOD Magazine. The project: Painting Rosa’s house at 1768 107th, installing her brand-new fence, and painting a simple mural on the back wall of the house.

It's this degree of engagement that builds community and forges a sense of place that we hope will drive change and bring viable solutions to an area with "limited means to capitalize socially or economically on this cultural currency".

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Interested? February 21st, 10am-4pm. E-mail Sue Bell Yank, project coordinator, to sign up.

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