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Art Sphere Volunteers Transform Towey Recreation Center

   What happens when you bring together volunteers and give them buckets of paint and brushes?  They transform the building! At Towey Recreation Center on MLK Day, January 16, 100 volunteers from all over Philadelphia came together to brighten the Center’s gym walls. Formerly a dull, institutional color, the walls now shimmer with eye-popping blue and gold herringbone stars and stripes. Volunteers also cleaned up the playground of trash, brightened up playground equipment and repainted classroom walls that were marred by graffiti.artsphere_towey_1

Art Sphere Inc., (ASI) a Philadelphia non-profit, brought together volunteers from ASI’s Board, the neighborhood, Towey staff and Advisory Council, Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Team Rubicon, Hussian School of Art and Power Corps. One volunteer said he felt “proud of his work” and that, “When people invest in their community, they become “invested” in their community.”artsphere_towey_2

   ASI has been bringing volunteers together to revitalize neighborhoods with park clean ups, mural painting projects and free toddler and afterschool art workshops since 1998.  ASI uses art as a tool to empower individuals to take civic responsibility and restore Philadelphia neighborhoods so that communities can provide safe and nurturing environments for all of their residents. The Towey Recreation Center is at 1832 N. Howard St. in Philadelphia. Come check it out! ASI’s next community event will be held on Saturday, January 30, 9 am-2 pm at the John Heinz Refuge National Wildlife Refuge, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19153. The theme will be “Nature Through Art – Celebrating Ground Hog’s Day.”

For more information about Art Sphere, please see www.artsphere.org, @artsphereinc. and www.facebook.com/ArtSphereInc/ 

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