Communities across the state are using food production and food culture to connect people to their shared humanity. From an urban agriculture/arts mashup in Philadelphia, to a video series spotlighting traditional dishes in Central PA, to a bucolic theater venue on the Delaware River, Pennsylvanians are cooking up change.
A group of artists has transformed an organic farm in the Northeast corner of Pennsylvania into a community hub and performance space, welcoming visitors for workshops, live theater, and lessons about climate change.
Arts are a driver of growth and vitality — that's the argument being made by economic development and local government leaders across the state. In a lively conversation, we heard from two such folks, one from Corry and one from York, about how their communities support, fund, and catalyze the creative sector, and how that work is paying unexpected dividends.
In the first episode of our new podcast, we’re heading to a small town across the river from Pittsburgh that is home to a spectacular set of church murals. Tackling themes such as social justice, poverty, and immigration, these stunning works of art, which are almost 100 years old, have a surprising amount of resonance in today’s world — and are playing an important role in Millvale’s renaissance.
This charming hamlet has a fascinating history and an enchanting present. Come for a packed performing arts calendar and summer festivals, and stay for afternoons by the lake and dappled sunshine under the trees.
In Easton, Erie and Lancaster, historic buildings have been reimagined as foodie destinations and culinary incubators. The goal is to lure hungry tourists and residents downtown while also showcasing the diversity of these vibrant communities.
A changing world pushed this arts campus towards its own evolution, inspiring the team to focus on accessibility and the outdoors. The annual Spring Iron Pour and Forge Festival, a celebration of local blacksmithing, is happening on April 30.
Whether you're a gardener with an herbal remedy, a woodworker with a brilliant flooring solution, or a scientist with an accidental discovery, transforming an idea into a business is a major challenge. Fortunately, if you live in the PA Wilds, you don't have to do it alone — there is a wealth of funding and support, if you know where to look.
The city's first Black-owned coffee shop is led by an ambitious young entrepreneur who is already eyeing expansion and growing his wholesale bean business. He created Good Brotha's Book Café as a community gathering place for locals of all stripes.