With roots dating back to 1934, the mission of the The Village of Arts and Humanities is to amplify the voices and aspirations of its North Philadelphia community by providing arts-based opportunities for self-expression and personal success that engage youth and their families, revitalize physical space, and preserve Black heritage. Seeking a partner who aligned with their own mission and community-driven approach, The Village contracted The Intersect to plan and implement activities and programs that advance equitable economic and social opportunity for and in the Fairhill-Hartranft community.
A major part of The Intersect’s role is serving as corridor manager for the 2500-2900 blocks of Germantown Avenue and Lehigh Avenue between 11th and Hutchinson Streets. The Intersect not only acts as a bridge to connect property owners and business owners with city agencies and resource providers to resolve issues, we also provide greening and daily sidewalk cleaning. We aim to create an environment that builds pride in the corridor, fosters mutual respect among residents and merchants, and supports a renewed public image for the area. Additionally, we support youth and adult workforce development initiatives and initiatives meant to prevent community displacement.