Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I'll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised Read more

#whyilovephillyarts Launches

It's official, the first #whyilovephillyarts, featuring Sean Martorana, is now live! Check out the prints below and purchase one of the 30 limited edition prints online. This is the first collaboration that aims to build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing Read more

Sean Martorana x Philly Love Notes

The best part about running Philly Love Notes and making maps is the opportunity to connect with, spotlight, and help build the Philly community (see Giving Back This Year -- news about 2017 soon, #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign, #whyilovephilly parties, Philly Love Letters). So... I'm very excited to announce the new project, #whyilovephillyarts, a series of collaborations aimed at showcasing the amazingly talented artists and makers we have here in the city.  The Concept - Commission a piece of art from a variety of painters, illustrators, graphic designers, Read more

Mighty Writers

Love Notes #181 and #182: Mighty Writers is a rowhome turned-writing wonderland for Christian Precise and Kishwer Vikaas Barrica

Editors Note: This summer, Mighty Writers is opening a second site at 39th and Lancaster in West Philadelphia to reach even more children like Christan. To learn more or to donate, please click here.

Christian Precise
Favorite spot: Mighty Writers
Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital
Address: 1501 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

I am: a cat-crazy, aspiring author whose hobbies include drawing manga and practicing martial arts.
Years in Philly: 13
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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Mighty Writers: Zamira’s Love Note to Hershey Park

Editors Note: In November, 2012, I taught a class at the Mighty Writers, a non-profit who’s mission is to “teach Philadelphia kids to think and write with clarity, so self-esteem grows and success is achieved at school, at work and in life.” I was curious how children would see and write about their experiences in Philadelphia. The second writer is Zamira, who chose to write about Hershey Park (not within Philadelphia, but a perfect choice nonetheless).

Zamira Sigel-Kulick, 5th Grade

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Mighty Writers: Layia’s Love Note to a Pink Door

Editors Note: In November, 2012, I taught a class at the Mighty Writers, a non-profit who’s mission is to “teach Philadelphia kids to think and write with clarity, so self-esteem grows and success is achieved at school, at work and in life.” I was curious how children would see and write about their experiences in Philadelphia. The first writer is Layia, who chose to write about a pink door she saw on a short walking tour of the MW’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood. 

Layia Araya, 3rd Grade

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(photo by Layia)

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Love Note #76: Need to feel good about Philly? Go to Anderson Yards in Grad Hospital and watch the Monarchs play baseball (Tim Whitaker)

Tim Whitaker
Favorite Spot: Anderson Yards, home baseball field for the Anderson Monarchs, a youth baseball program that operates under the auspices of the Marian Anderson Recreation Center
Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital
Address: 18th and Fitzwater

I am: Writer and editor. Executive director of Mighty Writers, a program that teaches city kids ages seven to 17 how to write.

Years in Philly: 25
Current home: Wynnewood

My love note: My favorite summertime thing to do after leaving Mighty Writers in the early evening is to stop by Anderson Yards, located just a few blocks away at 18th and Fitzwater. Anderson Yards is a classic baseball diamond, a gem in the city, beautifully cared for and manicured by the Anderson Monarchs’ program director and team manager Steve Bandura. The Monarchs play “team baseball,” which means they’re big on fundamentals and good sportsmanship. Bandura teaches his young players the legacy of Jackie Robinson and the Negro Leagues, believing you can’t chart your future without knowing your past. Best of all is the community that’s been built around baseball at Anderson Yards. Parents and neighbors come to the games, follow play closely and support the team with frequent trips to the refreshment stand to get water ice. Anderson Yards is where I go whenever I’ve misplaced my good vibe.

(Photos from Monarch’s FB page)

(Tim Whitaker with Nafeesah Cannady, a Mighty Writers high schooler, photo from Tim)

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