Cherry Street Pier to open public waterfront space for resident artists

"Very few cities put this type of resource into actually supporting artists."

Hadas Kuznits
August 22, 2018 - 6:53 pm
City representatives and artists pose for a photo on Race Street Pier, overlooking Cherry Street Pier, which will open Oct. 12.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than a dozen artists will have public work spaces at Cherry Street Pier when it opens to the public on Oct. 12.

Fourteen artists have been granted affordable work spaces at the pier where the public can come and see how their art is made.

"We're restoring a historic pier structure," said Joe Forkin, president of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, "a portion of which is under a roof that will contain 14 artist studios, retail spaces, a food and beverage program, art exhibition space, and then an outdoor garden and cafe area."

Artist manager and entertainment lawyer Melody Forrester will be one of the 14 resident artists.

She said this project is an important one for Philadelphia "because a lot of people talk about loving art. Very few cities put this type of resource into actually supporting artists."

And putting artists in this public space will allow people to interact with them.

"We appreciate art, but we don't appreciate what goes into it," Forrester continued, "so I think this is an opportunity for the community to see exactly what artists do on a daily basis and how important it is to the city."