Movin’ and Shakin’ with MAAG

Hi All! Melissa here with an update on some of the progress that’s been happening at our beloved Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG).   Two Thursdays ago, thanks to the abundant generosity of our supporters, MAAG received three truckloads of donations! That’s right, count ‘em: Three! With ample hands and hearts devoted to the task, […]

Coming of Age With WHYY…Who Knew It Could Be So Sweet?

I must admit, I was a tad cautious about letting everyone know we had done a segment with WHYY for Coming of Age. We had just completed an interview with the NY Times which I trumpeted to all “Hey… be on the lookout.” Alas! The article ran in the Times, but we were cut. So, lesson […]

New Blogger In The House!

Time out to welcome Melissa Hamilton, newest member of MAAG, cartoonist extraordinaire! She wanted to share some of her thoughts on this past “Art Under the Stars.” Check her out, she’s good. I think we’ll be seeing alot more of her on this blog and our marketing pieces. So just go ahead and enjoy… As my […]

It was a hell of a show…”Art Under The Stars”

First and foremost—did you have a good time? We know you did. We heard you “This was a great time!” or “There’s nothing better than artwork coming to you while you’re in a garden” or “It was great seeing neighbors and having a wonderful evening.” Tell me you didn’t dig the bands? How about the magician? C’mon, we dug Dave Smith swallowing fire and getting our guests to try to juggle (I heard Sue Z awed and amazed). By the way, who ate all the deli? The Herschels Deli platters dematerialized! As did the Grobens catfish nuggets! I know, next year, more cake.

So Long Dear Friend—For Now

Sol, it’s strange, the way things happen. April 15 we finally got our long-awaited building permits. You can believe that was one of the hardest things we’ve done yet—the time, the cost, the partnerships, the zoning variances. And the very next day, you, Sol Levy, passed away on April 16. It’s as if you waited […]

Artists Rock Brownfields 2011 Conference

“Art can be about aesthetic beauty and also about changing the world.” — Gary Steuer, Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia “We need to be more present in the world…encounter it.”— Amy Franceschini, Founder of Futurefarmers, Creator of Soil Kitchen “It would cost $300 million to clean lead out of the contaminated ground in New Orleans. […]

MAAGs “Day In Court”…City Zoning Board Thumbs Up!

We’ve been celebrating all afternoon. With the help of our amazing MAAG team, community organizations, and neighbors working together, we cleared yet another hurdle with our eyes on the prize…a resource center for the arts in the northwest with studio space, gallery, workshops, and a place for artists to dream. Today we received unanimous approval from the City Zoning […]

Funky February Re-cap!

I was privileged to photograph the Mt. Airy Art Garage’s (MAAG) Funky February event this past weekend which was filled with art, music, and inspiration. Held at a pop-up location across from Weavers Way (while MAAG builds out their permanent space at 11 W. Mt Airy Ave.), this event was all about people making connections. […]

Design Charette Dreaming

The Masters Program in Sustainable Design at Philadelphia University recently hosted a design charette for MAAG as we continue our building process.  During this charette , or collaborative workshop, we worked together both in small and large groups to design a sustainable building plan to not only turn MAAG into the thriving arts center we envision, but […]

Success @ Ned Wolf Park!

On a picture-perfect fall Saturday, MAAG hosted an art sale in Ned Wolf park to benefit the build out of our new space. With donated art of all mediums, from pottery to painting to leather to photographs, our event was a huge success. In the air of geniality and giving, we welcomed new members, emerging […]