West Park Arts Fest

Organization and community: Fairmount Park Conservancy (Philadelphia, PA)

West Park Arts Fest 2017 from Fairmount Park Conservancy on Vimeo.

In 2017, Fairmount Park Conservancy partnered with the West Park Cultural Center to host the 10th Annual West Park Arts Fest, held outdoors in Fairmount Park for the first time. The change in location, festival atmosphere, history-rich programming, and contribution of temporary works by five Philadelphia artists presented new opportunities to encourage residents to overcome a sense of disconnection from the natural space and the accompanying perception that Fairmount Park is not for them.

Fairmount Park Conservancy hosted the Fest again in 2018 to further build connections between the annual event and the completed first phase of Centennial Commons, one of their major capital projects.