Urban Creators Impact Summary
Since coming together in 2010, we have successfully revitalized over three acres of blighted land into a network of urban gardens and public green spaces. We have provided fresh produce to dozens of local families each year; engaged over 7,000 students and volunteers in service-learning experiences; provided 130 employment and leadership development opportunities for 75 (unique individual) Philadelphia youth; and curated 68 public events which engaged 9,835 attendees while building visibility for 412 emerging artists and 191 small/local businesses. Through this work, we also contributed to a 40% decrease in Part 1 Violent crime in our immediate area, and have invested in the growth of 5 local businesses.
Acres of vacant land revitalized
Local families fed each year
Students and volunteers engaged
Jobs and leadership development opportunities provided for Philadelphia Youth
Curated 68 Public Events which engaged 9,835 attendees while building visibility for 412 emerging artists and 191 small/local businesses
Contributed to a 40% decrease in Part 1 Violent crime in the area immediately surrounding Life Do Grow
Incubated and invested in the growth of 5 local businesses
Urban Agriculture & Sustainable Land Care
By transforming vacant land into urban gardens, we have cultivated opportunities for countless neighbors, students, and stakeholders to access organic produce, grow their own food, and develop intimate relationships with the earth, all rooted in love, respect, and reciprocity. Through this transformative process, our farm/gardens have helped to improve the overall health of our neighborhood, while restoring local ecosystems and biodiversity.
Provided fresh produce for dozens local families each year, as well as infrastructure for 16 local families to grow their own food
Revitalized 3 acres of blighted land into a thriving network of urban farms, gardens, public parks, and artistic venues
Education & Youth Development
Our educational programs have been designed with a hands-on and intersectional approach to learning, intended to support young people as they identify and actualize personal passions, develop technical skills and leadership capacity, and pioneer social change in their own neighborhoods. Over the years, our programs have focused on food justice, urban agriculture, nutrition and cooking, social entrepreneurship, creative expression, community organizing, and sustainable development, all grounded in a hyper-local context intended to build personal and collective resilience.
Facilitated service-learning opportunities for over 7,000 students and volunteers
Provided 130 jobs and leadership development opportunities for 75 (unique individual) youth
Since 2017, 69% indicated that they have met and/or exceeded goals they set for themselves.
are actively pursuing careers/passions inspired or supported during their time with the Urban Creators.
Arts & Celebration
Art & Celebration are key elements of our work. Each year, we host a series of dynamic public events as a way of activating our community, mobilizing partners and allies, and creating platforms for radical self-expression. These events have included music festivals, art galleries, jam sessions, open mic’s, peace rallies, block parties, flea markets, a basketball tournament, and, most notably, our annual HOODSTOCK Festival: a “Celebration of Life & Living in North Philadelphia”. This celebratory process has cultivated a strong sense of agency and connectivity within our extended community, and continues to build visibility for local and emerging artists, entrepreneurs, activists, and creators of all kinds.
Curated 68 Public Arts Events, that have engaged approximately 9,825 attendees
Offered dynamic platforms to build visibility for 412 emerging artists and 191 small local businesses
Community & Economic Development
While our programs have focused on improving the overall health, safety, and equity of our community, the most significant outcomes of our work have emerged from our role as a creative platform and catalyst for community organizing campaigns, artistic creation, and the development of small local businesses.
Provided jobs for 63 North Philadelphia residents (6 adults and 57 youth between 2013-2019)
Generated $1.2 million towards economic development in North Philadelphia (2010-2019)
Contributed to a 40% decrease in Part 1 Violent Crime in the neighborhood directly surrounding Life DO Grow farm (2008-2015)
ncubated and invested in the growth of 5 local businesses