Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative


Mixplace Studio brings together youth voices and creative design practices to reimagine West Philadelphia

May 3, 2013 by admin in Collaborations


Slought Foundation, People’s Emergency Center and Penn Design. With Faciliation from Jeannine Cook of Postivie Minds, and an amazing cohort of floating faculty.

Brings social practice art, design, to a long range dynamic youth media project… ways of knowing… ways of creating stories…

10 youth together.. .friday afternoons and Sat mornings.. open to the public to drop in..

in The Fall students will serve as mentors to UPENN Design students to share their unique and diverse perspectives on land use, design aproach and community building.




Studio is a collaborative project that provides an urban education model in order to address the crisis in community participation and political representation. The project aspires to enable conversations between individuals and institutions within West Philadelphia to circulate different ways of thinking and making, linking the knowledge of communities with the knowledge of institutions.

People’s Emergency Center (PEC), Slought, and PennDesign are the primary Philadelphia institutions who are coming together to form this urban education model. The primary collaborators are neighborhood youth and university students, who are interacting with a diverse faculty of curators, community activists, artists, architects and researchers.

The project is developing in dialogue with Teddy Cruz at the Center for Urban Ecologies at the University of California, San Diego.

Mixplace’s educational activities are guided by the following five goals:

1. Mixplace wants to enable a common language across ages, neighborhoods, and institutions.
2. Mixplace wants to enable exchanges between individuals and institutions, to negotiate the borders that define Philadelphia.
3. Mixplace wants to enable a process through which all individuals and institutional partners will learn from each other, contributing to a renewed sense of trust and the development of a new civic imagination.
4. Mixplace wants to enable neighborhood development and political representation by amplifying and archiving community voices, local histories, and everyday experiences.
5. Mixplace wants to enable a space and provide tools for this conversation to take place.

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