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  • “There’s a lot of unknown things to find out” in Germantown, says Dona Dalton, a veteran woodcrafts artist profiled in by Newsworks. Dalton rushes to fill Christmas orders of her handmade art pieces inspired by Egyptian mythology from her Northwest Philadelphia basement, admitting that the internet provides her a better market than any local show could.
  • Darla Jackson and husband Justin Grant plan to open the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym in Fishtown, a 7,500 square foot industrial space that will provide equipment and workspace for local sculptors to use as members. The Atlantic Cities places Jackson and Grant’s startup within the national context of this industrial artspace conversion craze, which some have found to “very good anchor project for neighborhoods.”
  • Naked Philly doesn’t think that the prognosis is good for Manton Street Park, as local residents try to save the community built park from that they thought unintended for development.
  • The Notebook reports that Philadelphia has been given the chance to be awarded $40 million of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in order to improve urban education, based on the city’s Great Schools Compact to “support and try to replicate the highest-performing District, charter, and even parochial schools.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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