“It is the artistic center of Philadelphia”

–Thomas Hine, Philadelphia Inquirer 1979

Old City Arts History Project looks at a neighborhood in Philadelphia that was crucial to an emerging generation of artists where they created a center for cross-disciplinary arts activities, epitomized by a collection of watershed public events that took place between 1975 and 1980.

Explore Old City Arts

Just some of the who, what and where that enabled Old City’s creative heritage

Old City Art History

Share your story

Have your own Old City story to share?  Were you an artist, resident neighbor, business owner, worker or in the audience? Tell us about your Old City experience from the 70’s and 80’s. Whether it’s with photos, videos, flyers or just a story – please share it all with us. We’ll try to include your contribution on this site.

The research for the OCA History Project is ongoing...

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