Chester Calling All Artists to Reimagine Avenue of the States

Avenue of the States in Chester
Photo of the Avenue of the States in Chester courtesy of Wikipedia.

Local artists stand ready to remake the curb appeal of the 500 block of Avenue of the States in Chester, and the public is invited to pitch in on the effort to crowdsource ideas for the public art transformation.

A new $45,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant obtained by the City of Chester and Pennsylvania Humanities Council is bringing together Public Workshop, The Artist Warehouse, youth groups, and others to add some color to the bland monotony of shuttered storefronts’ metal security grates, according to a NewsWorks report by Laura Benshoff.

“We can develop a block that doesn’t have so much curb appeal and build it so that when you walk down the street, it is a zone that is designated to the artist and is being built up by the artist,” Devon Walls, owner of The Artist Warehouse, told Benshoff.

The project, called the Creative Exploration Zone, aims to add things like outdoor furniture or a mini park to the downtown street scene.

Click here to read more about Chester’s collaborative beautification effort on NewsWorks here.