The new Community Arts Center brings art classes and shows to the Northern Liberties – Advice Eating

The Northern Liberties Business Improvement District has announced the grand opening of the first community arts center, Maker Space, an art gallery and artists’ studio in the neighborhood. This is the fourth consecutive major opening for NLBID and another amazing women and black owned business adding to the diverse mix of small businesses. 1040 Creative Grand opens this new arts and culture center at 1040 N. 2nd Street, Suite 301, on Liberties Walk this Friday, May 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The opening event is free and open to the public and features light bites, meet-the-artists, a pop-up show and live music. Beyond the opening, registration for Spring and Summer courses is now open with offerings such as Senior Makers Meet-up, Cartoon Express, Still Life Studies, Intro to Toy Design, Little Picasso, Wine Down on Wednesdays, Davinci Art Club and many more more. For more information and to register, visit her on social media @1040creative.

“The Northern Liberties Business Improvement District is thrilled to welcome so many new restaurants, retailers and now even a community arts center and another brand-focused space,” said NLBID Executive Director Kris Kennedy. “1040 Creative provides much-needed opportunities for adults, teens and younger children to meet and be creative together. Their Wednesday Wine Down is especially cool. What a wonderful way to meet your neighbors or catch up with friends and the Goodbye day! We are delighted to have them here in Northern Liberties.”

She added: “To see businesses like 1040 Creative choose Northern Liberties as their home is fantastic. It really reinforces what a friendly, cooperative neighborhood Northern Liberties is. From the Hudson Table, where you can enroll in a variety of cooking classes, to the New 1040 Creative brand, which offers art classes for kids through adults, and the many neighborhood comedy nights, Northern Liberties offers so many opportunities to try something new to try.”

1040 Creative is a brand new idea and concept brought to life by three owners, makers and artists. This women-run business is also multiculturally owned, according to the owners, as two of the owners are black artists — and together they welcome everyone from different backgrounds — they want everyone to feel here as an artist and creative home from too Home from people in the neighborhood and across the city.

For the concept, 1040 Creative is a brand new cultural center with art classes for all ages from toddlers to seniors, pop-up workshops, family art days and gallery exhibitions. The room is also a studio space for all three founders.

Pauline Houston McCall is an artist, educator and activist with deep roots. She currently resides in Northern Liberties. She has a currently commissioned exhibition at 30 Hudson Yards in New York City and has recently had exhibitions at the Capitol Health System in New Jersey and the African American Museum in Philadelphia, as well as other work in exhibitions around the country. She also travels throughout the city bringing music and art to several schools and centers.

Sheena Garcia is a Philadelphia-born artist, curator, and arts educator who was born and raised in the city’s Northern Liberties neighborhood. Garcia’s artwork has been regularly exhibited at the Dizyners Gallery and the Painted Bride in Old City Philadelphia. She has also exhibited regularly with Gallery 54 in Soho, New York City. She currently works with Intersection Media in New York City as a volunteer curator of the artworks that appear on Philadelphia’s LINKPHL, digital kiosk screens, and Plus Kiosks in NYC.

Marcy Morris is a multimedia artist, poet and dancer who is heavily involved in community projects throughout Chester and Camden. Morris is the founder and director of Marcy Morris Artistry, a celebration of images and illustrations that celebrates the beauty of the many communities she serves through the art-making process.

For the grand opening celebration on May 6th from 6pm to 9pm, look for a reception with light food, live music, meet the owners and more. Local musicians Robb McCall and Bert Harris will perform during the event.

Beyond the opening weekend, registration for courses is now open – more will be added. Offers include:

* Senior Makers Meetup Club – Seniors 62+ – Small Sculpture

* Make Break – Adult art breaks over lunch with Corporate Innovative Art Lab

* Still life studies – drawing and painting

* Wine Down on Wednesdays – recreational arts and an afterwork sip

* Cartoon Express – Invent your own characters

* Art Mix – Paint your own wearable and functional art

* Little Picasso – drawing and painting

* Introduction to toy design

* Get a grip on color – painting course

* Davinci Art Club – Drawing, painting and sculpting

Classes take place over 1,600 square feet on multiple levels, which also includes a lounge, library, classroom, exhibition space and studios.

For Vibe, 1040 Creative exists to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere where our neighbors and surrounding communities feel free and comfortable to come and take a class or drop their child to take a creative class. 1040 Creative aims to provide a culture or oasis of creativity and inspiration. 1040 Creative is a cultural hub where you can see beautifully curated exhibitions of local and national artists. The founders work with architects, developers and interior designers to initiate commissioned work and murals for new developments in the area and throughout the city. These talks are already underway – stay tuned!

When asked why Northern Liberties, Houston McCall said, “There’s no such thing this side of town and anywhere near Northern Liberties. We believe there is no such thing and the community need is there, especially post-pandemic. Creative Social Interaction is crucial right now.”

She added: “We opened in Northern Liberties because we have deep roots here. I have lived here for 21 years and one of my partners, Sheena Garcia, was born and raised here. We’ve both had the opportunity to watch Northern Liberties change and transform, and we’ve always wanted to be a part of that transformation. We’ve always wanted to break down those barriers of gentrification through more inclusivity. We also opened here because I know so many of the families here as I bring art, music and gardening programs to many of the preschools and elementary schools in the area. I also know many of the women artists in this area. Northern Liberties is the birthplace of our female artist collective, WOMEN HOLLER, which premiered in 2004.”

She concluded: “The foot traffic is amazing! We’re at the heart of the action on the Liberties Walk! People walk by excitedly. They asked to come in to look at the art and they usually always sign up for classes. To be honest it’s also really exciting to be a woman owned business and being run by a woman of color with the primary goal of reaching out to all demographics and ages with great purpose is exciting and fulfilling. The fact That I got the lease on the 1st day of women’s history is pretty significant.”

All three founders added that this is their first brick and mortar, and this common space will bring their life’s work of 15 to 20 years together in one central place to teach art, make art, exhibit art and curate art.

For more information about the center, the makers/artists and the courses, visit:

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