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Knight Foundation Visits SCI-Eastern North

September 12, 2012

Yesterday we had the opportunity to meet with Knight Foundation staff from around the country. Following a mural tour on Germantown Avenue, the staff met  at the Village of Arts & Humanities‘ campus, to learn more about projects they support in Eastern North Philadelphia.

Andrew Frishkoff, our Executive Director, shared with them our Sustainable Communities strategy, and discussed how we connect and engage citizens in Eastern North Philadelphia. Nilda Ruiz, of APM, spoke more about the neighborhood’s history and the role that Knight-funded Community Connectors play in sharing information and gaining feedback around community planning.

Their talk was followed by a tour of several spots on Village of Arts & Humanities‘ campus. Knight Foundation staff visited the offices of CRED Magazine, the Village’s youth-run magazine that features Philadelphia’s young artists, writers, designers, activists, and entrepreneurs, and learned more about the impact and leverage of their early seed grant for the project. They also visited the Free Library of Philadelphia’s wireless hotspot, housed on the Village’s campus. The hotspot, supported by Knight funds,  is a seven-seat computer lab with free internet access and color printing. Staff are on site to assist users with resume writing, online job searches, Microsoft Office skills, and computer basics.

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