The Avenue of the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary

The Avenue of the Arts celebrated its 25th anniversary during an event held at the Doubletree Hotel at Broad & Locust Streets, Philadelphia earlier this month. The event kicked off with a rooftop cocktail reception, where guests enjoyed lite bites and drink on the hotel’s rooftop deck overlooking the Avenue of the Arts and many of its achievements and future projects. 

The Avenue of the Arts is a city designated arts cultural district on a segment of Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that includes many of the city’s cultural institutions, most notably the theater district south of City Hall. The designation can be found as far south as Washington Avenue and as far north as the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood. The name “Avenue of the Arts” originated in a strategy by mayor Ed Rendell to redevelop South Broad Street in Center City. The Avenue of the Arts originally ran along Broad Street from Locust Street south to Lombard Street. The Avenue’s definition was expanded to North Broad Street by city planners under mayor John F. Street‘s administration to encourage further development in the area.[3] The Avenue of the Arts is overseen by the non-profit organization Avenue of the Arts, Inc. originally led by Executive Director, Karen Lewis (source), and now by Paul Beideman. (There’s also a fun membership social group associated with the Avenue, Friends of the Avenue of the Arts)

The future SLS Hotel and the apartment project slated for Broad & Pine Streets

The Avenue of the Arts is home to renowned performance venues, hotels, eateries,
universities, and residences. There are seven significant new development projects in the works, and the city is investing in the Avenue’s infrastructure.  Avenue of the Arts, Inc. and the Friends of the Avenue of the Arts work to promote investment, beautification, and marketing of the Avenue of the Arts.

Developer Carl Dranoff, who has built many homes on the Avenue of the Arts

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson

John Jarboe, Bearded Ladies Cabaret Founder, entertains the crowd on the rooftop, before leading them downstairs for the reception on the mezzanine.

A great reporter, legendary KYW1060’s Lauren Lipton
Next up for The Bearded Ladies is the Mr. Rogers show at the The Wilma Theater June 20th to July 1st on stage!!!

Tim Moir – Chair – Friends of the Avenue of the Arts enjoys the showPaul Beideman,President of the Avenue of the Arts, greets the crowd

For more photos from this event check out Philly Style Magazine, Philly Mag (Aug) and next week’s Liberty City Press.