Gallery Provides Art Works for Chester Public Housing

More than 100 guests visited an opening reception Friday evening for a first-of-its-kind collaboration to place art work in public housing.

The Nebula Gallery, located at the 602 Avenue of the States – the site of the silent film-era William Penn Theater — unveiled its 150-piece “Art is Home” collection, which will be donated to families moving into Chester Housing Authority units.

“I think everybody loved the concept,” said gallery owner John Bush. “We’re really proud to be working with the housing authority.”

Students from the Chester Charter School for the Arts donated their time and ability to create a part of the collection over the winter. The project gave current students a chance to add to their portfolio while exposing young children to art work in their homes to foster their own creativity.

“The presence of art can be an inspiration to a child in development,” said CHA Director Steven Fischer. “We’re mostly housing families with young children, and they have a lot of talent that can potentially come out.”

Families moving into CHA properties will receive two pieces of art from the collection. The first donations went into homes on Monday.

“In our management of lower-income housing, one of our goals is to give our kids a leg up and access to similar opportunities that children in more affluent communities get,” Fischer said. “It’s part of the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Fischer estimates the first collection can supply new families with art for at least one year. While the details have not been drafted, both parties plan to continue the project when the new art is needed. With the burgeoning arts community in the city’s downtown, Fischer is opened to the idea of further art installation in CHA properties.

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