Arts Resources for Children and Youth in Philadelphia (1995-97)

Arts Resources for Children and Youth in Philadelphia (1995-97)

 

In 1995, Mark Stern and Susan Seifert collaborated with the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation on a study, commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts, of arts resources for children and youth in Philadelphia. The kids' art study was our first opportunity to use mapping as a way of examining the character of the city's cultural resources.

In addition, while doing this study, we made a discovery that had implications for our later work. In examining the correlations between the density of cultural resources and census variables, we found that census tracts with many arts resources were more likely to have both above-average poverty rates and above-average proportions of professionals and managers in the labor force. At first we thought we had made a mistake, but it finally occurred to us that there were many Philadelphia neighborhoods that had both of these characteristics—neighborhoods we would characterize as "pov-prof." Working Paper #3—"Re-presenting the City"—explored this form of diversity in greater detail.

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