NLArts Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:56:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NLArts Gala Dinner in the Park – Thur, Aug 31 – Get Tickets Now! Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:21:46 +0000 The culmination of this year’s Dinner Party themed
NLArts Camp aims to bring together families
to meet and break bread.

All are welcome!

Save The Date
Thursday, August 31

6:00 to 8:00pm

$40 Per Family
Get Tickets Now!

(dinner service starts at 6:30pm)

A Dinner Party event inspired by Judy Chicago

NLArts turned 10 this year, and we want to celebrate in a huge way!
Join us August 31st for a community dinner at Liberty Lands.

Your ticket will include photobooth, a full dinner, drinks, and dessert!

Campers will work hard this August to make individual plates, napkins, and silverwear.
NLArts campers will perform and help throughout the night!
Make new friends, look at some art, and maybe even take some home!

$40 per family Get your tickets here!
All proceeds will go to NLArts campers and programming!

Schedule of Events

5:30 to 6:00 Check in, have a drink and view our auction!

6:00 – Performance

6:30 – Dinner

7:00 to 8:30 Tutorials by Humane Society, Photobooth, Drinks, and Auction!

7:30 – Dessert

8:30 – Closing Remarks



NLArts Summer Camp Registration – Closed Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:09:11 +0000 NLArts, our neighborhood’s own amazing children’s summer arts camp, is open for registration for its 10th Anniversary season!

Based in the NLNA’s Community Center at 3rd & Fairmount, NLArts offers wonderful programming during the “gap weeks” of Aug 14 – Sep 1, when other camps shut down but school hasn’t started.

Full info and registration instructions at the NLArts web site,

Contact with any questions.



NLArts Faculty 10th Anniversary Art Exhibit – Fri, May 5 Wed, 03 May 2017 16:51:38 +0000

Join NLArts in celebrating their awesome teaching artists!

10th Anniversary Faculty Exhibition
Opening Reception

Friday May 5, 2017 5-7 PM

Two locations:
Northern Liberties Community Center & 700 N. Third Street and
Higher Grounds Coffee 631 North Third Street (Philly 19123)

May 5, 2017 from 5 to 7pm

13 Artists!

Pat Aluiso,Lily Brown, Rae Burns, Claudia Bokulich, Max Budnick, Mathew Carrieri,
Briget Folick, Jared Gruenwald, Mike Storm, Katrina Mansfield, Mackenzie McAlpin,
Natasha Mell-Taylor, and Steve Teare.

NLArts: Sculpting Magical Miniature Animal Worlds – Second Friday April 14th Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:30:14 +0000

6:00 to 8:30pm
NoLibs Community Center
700 North 3rd Street

$25 Per Child (w/ sibling discounts)
Pizza and Snacks Included

Artist Mackenzie McAlpin
is going to take you on an
exploration of magical
miniature sculpture. 

We will fire these while at the workshop and add tiny touches
when they have cooled.

Create your pet, your favorite animal or a mythical beast, and the tiny world they live in!

And, Egg Decorating and Egg Blowing!

Get here on time!!

Register by emailing with the subject line: Miniature Sculpture! 

Space is Limited!

Here’s a link to the artist:

NLArts Benefit Brunch hosted by Standard Tap – Sat, Feb 25 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:38:46 +0000

The Standard Tap will donate %25 from your brunch bill to NLArts
on Saturday, Feb 25 from 11am to 1pm

Three ways to lock in this donation…

1) Call (215) 238-0630 and mention NLArts when you make a reservation.

2) Print out this LINK and show it to your server (no reservation necessary)

3) Show your server this LINK on your phone (no reservation necessary)

That’s it! Bon Appetit and Thank You!

Kwanzaa Celebration – Fri, Dec 30 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:21:40 +0000

Kwanzaa — A Celebration of Harvest & Community

Join NLArts to learn about the history and
significance of this non-religious holiday
celebrated around the world!

Friday, December 30 from 6:30-8:30

Northern Liberties Community Center (700 N. 3rd Street)

$15 per person / $25 for families

Live entertainment, light appetizers and beverages will be served along with snacks, drinks and craftsfor the kids!

Tickets available at the door

Email Tia Hall at

Dineth Allen at

NLArts Winter Camp 2016 Registration is open! Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:39:16 +0000 December 27, 28, and 29th 2016


Science, Art, Cooking, and Museums

Please email to register and

click the link below for registration form


Please Pay By December 15, 2016 at

or contact Natasha at 973-868-6675

NLArts Veterans Day Kids Camp – Fri, Nov 11 Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:24:56 +0000 nlarts-veterans-day-camp-2

Need Creative Child Care?
Sign up now…

On this Historic week in our history, let’s end on a positive note and honor our great city with a walking tour of some awesome sites and a food exploration.

  • From 8:30am to 3:30pm
    Drop off 8:30-9:00 / Pick up 3:00-3:30
  • $45 per child
  • Snack included
  • Art classes and field trips
  • Ages 5-12
Register at with the subject line “Veterans”,
or call 973-868-6675 to register
Natasha Mell-Taylor
NLArts Community Arts Program




NLArts First Science Friday Kids Workshop – November 4 Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:37:49 +0000 nlarts-science-friday
Are you sick of crafting? Us too!

Please join us for our first science themed Friday Workshop.
6 to 8:30pm

We are honored to have Miss Maya Heiland with us. Maya is a veteran scientist
and educator and currently works at the amazing Science Center in University City.
She has a lot of experiments in store for you.
She promises an exploration of light, colors, and chemistry.
Parents don’t miss this opportunity for an awesome date night
or friend hang out without the kiddos!!!
Ages 5 and up
$25 per child, sibling discounts apply
Dinner & a Snack Included
REGISTER with an email to
with the subject SCIENCE FRIDAY
Natasha Mell-Taylor
NLArts Community Arts Program
NLArts Kids Columbus Day Camp – Wednesday, Oct 12th Mon, 03 Oct 2016 04:00:43 +0000 nlarts-camp-icon


Need Creative Child Care?
Sign up now…



  • $45 per child
  • Snack included
  • Art classes and field trips
  • Ages 5-12
Please email to for more info and register.
Natasha Mell-Taylor
NLArts Community Arts Program

NLArts – Fall First Friday Kids’ Workshop – Oct 7 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 05:00:28 +0000
Northern Liberties Community Center, 3rd & Faimount Streets from 6-8:30pm

Join us for our first First Friday of the school year!

Your kids can have a night exploring Fall Art projects while you explore the neighborhood.
A perfect date night!
Pizza and Snacks included
$25 – sibling discounts for families with more than one child!
Register by emailing
Natasha Mell-Taylor
NLArts Community Arts Program Director

NLArts Annual Scavenger Hunt Summer Camp Fundraiser – Moved to Fri, Jun 10 Thu, 12 May 2016 05:00:12 +0000 NLArts Scavenger Hunt

6pm to 8pm

Join us at Liberty Lands for Face Painting,
Pizza, Snacks, Art Activities and More!

$20 per family. ($25 day of event) — does not include libations (it’s a fundraiser!)
Bring your friends to share a la carte food and beverages!!
PLUS, we’ll be raffling off a baskets of Gift Certificates to:
Blind Pig
City Planter
Higher Grounds
Just Cravings
Me Salon
North Third
Random Tea House
Soy Café
Sputino Pizza
1 ticket $3 / 3 tickets $5
Please reply to or call 973-868-6675 to register…


NLArts May 6, First Friday – Feel the Beat with Rob McCall Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:00:44 +0000 Hello NLArts Friends,
we want to make our last First Friday of the school year especially exciting!
Please bring a friend and both children can come for the price of one.
In addition to the musical event
 Pizza!    Temporary Tattoos!
And work on a mosaic collaborative project!
If the weather permits all activities will be outside!
little drummers

Feel the Beat with Rob McCall

Friday, MAY 6th, 2016
6 to 8:30 pm
 As Always Pizza and snacks are included!
$25 per child
email or call 973 868 6675 with any questions.
Please follow us on social media for updates NLArts on Facebook
and @nlartsorg on instagram.
Summer Camp is almost full! So please call or email before registering.
Finally please be in touch as soon as possible if you need to cancel for our First Friday events.
We want as many people to come as possible but your child’s spot
could prevent someone else from coming.
Thank You,
Natasha Mell-Taylor
NLArts Community Arts Program
Scholarships are available upon request.
NLArts April Fools First Friday – April 1 Sat, 07 Nov 2015 05:00:40 +0000 First Friday - MasksMASKS!
Artist PAT AULISIO will lead a fun-filled, silly April fools evening with games, masks, snacks, and more!!
Friday April 1, 2016
6-8:30 PM
$25 per child discount for siblings
As always Pizza and snacks included
Space is limited.
Register by emailing
Call 973 868 6675 with any questions.
FINALLY Summer Camp Registration for the END OF AUGUST is filling up fast!
Please confirm spots are left before you pay online!
Natasha Mell-Taylor
NLArts Community Arts Program

14th Annual Northern Liberties Variety Show – Fri, Mar 18 – Photos and Videos Posted! Sat, 31 Oct 2015 05:00:11 +0000 Another long, strange time was had…. See photos here.
See videos here.
Tracy Todd Superstar LRJohnny Brenda’s
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00pm


Boogie down with this year’s assortment of jive turkeys!

$12 Donation benefits
NLArts Kids Camp
Buy Tickets at the Door or online HERE.
The Variety Show has been held annually since 2002 when a group of NoLibs moms wanted to raise money for the playground equipment at Liberty Lands. It’s been raising money for neighborhood causes ever since.
If you have a three-minute act that should have appeared on the Gong Show
and want to bring it to the stage contact Katrina at
BIG THANKS to Johnny Brenda’s for hosting!

NLArts First Friday Kids Workshops Are Back – March 4 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:00:02 +0000 Cartoon Workshop 1Friday March 4 – from 6-8:30


featuring Artist Steve Teare
Learn a step by step process in creating anime and cartoon characters.
 As Always Pizza and snacks included
$25 per child discount for siblings


Space is limited so register by contacting Natasha at or 973 868 6675
please follow us on social media for updates NLarts on Facebook and @nlartsorg on instagram.
FINALLY Summer Camp registration is OPEN!!
Natasha Mell-Taylor
NLArts Community Arts Program
NLArts Big Belly Beautification Project… Thu, 29 Oct 2015 04:00:47 +0000 NLArts Big BelliesOne person’s trash is another one’s canvas!

Trash cans in North­ern Liber­ties are look­ing a whole lot bright­er thanks to
chil­dren at NLArts.

NLArts, a youth-in­spired com­munity art group centered in North­ern Liber­ties, re­cently com­pleted its trash­can re­design pro­ject.

Chil­dren ages five to 15 con­trib­uted sketches that were ap­plied to the Big­Belly trash cans throughout the com­munity.

The pro­ject ad­ded not only an aes­thet­ic value to the sol­ar-powered trash com­pact­ors, but also helped foster artist­ic growth and com­munity in­volve­ment in the youth.

“NLArts is really de­signed to help bridge the spir­it of the com­munity and art to the kids,” said Monika Kreidie, one of the found­ing mem­bers and cur­rent sec­ret­ary of NLArts.

Foun­ded in 2003, NLArts was es­tab­lished by a group of moth­ers in the neigh­bor­hood who were con­cerned about their chil­dren’s edu­ca­tion­al pro­spects. After get­ting over 100 fam­il­ies in­volved, the group was well on its way to start­ing its own arts-centered charter school.

In the end, due to dis­crep­an­cies between the group and the School Re­form Com­mis­sion, the school nev­er came to fruition.

In 2006, while the idea of the charter school had dis­solved, the group real­ized that they still had money from the state and more im­port­antly, a lot of en­thu­si­asm.

“We thought, ‘what do we do? Let’s just turn this neg­at­ive in­to a pos­it­ive,’ ” Kreidie said. “ ‘Let’s do what we wanted to do in work­shops in a com­munity arts pro­gram.’ ”

The group began util­iz­ing the North­ern Liber­ties Com­munity Cen­ter, 700 N. Third St., to provide the youth with a much-needed artist­ic ex­per­i­ence.

“The cre­at­ive spir­it that art teaches the kids could be used in any­thing that you do,” Kreidie said. “It’s about think­ing out­side the box

The idea for the trash can re­design pro­ject star­ted brew­ing about five years ago when Kreidie and fel­low neigh­bors found in­spir­a­tion in the funky, artist­ic trash cans that line South Street.

With Robert Wood­word, the artist who com­pleted the afore­men­tioned pro­ject, be­ing an ac­quaint­ance of Kreidie and his own child be­ing part of NLArts, Kreidie saw the per­fect op­por­tun­ity to be­gin de­vel­op­ing the pro­ject.

In or­der to fund the pro­ject, NLArts turned to the Penn Treaty Spe­cial Ser­vices Dis­trict (PTSSD).

In 2013, NLArts was awar­ded a $12,000 grant to com­plete the pro­ject, ac­cord­ing to Kat­rina Mans­field, ad­min­is­trat­ive sec­ret­ary of PTSSD.

“Art is a really im­port­ant av­en­ue for kids and by pair­ing it with the idea of civic re­spons­ib­il­ity, it’s just a great thing to teach kids,” said Rick An­geli, chair­man of the board at PTSSD and long-time North­ern Liber­ties res­id­ent.

After eval­u­at­ing the be­ne­fits of the pro­ject and its value to the com­munity, PTSSD de­cided to award NLArts the grant for both its beau­ti­fic­a­tion po­ten­tial and its im­pact on the com­munity and its youth.

“I just think it’s a slam dunk,” An­geli said. “It’s a really pos­it­ive pro­ject for every­body in­volved.”

The pro­ject lost mo­mentum when lead artist Wood­ward was pulled in an­oth­er dir­ec­tion, leav­ing him un­able to com­plete the pro­ject.

For­tu­nately, Kreidie found loc­al artists Jared Gru­en­wald and Nata­sha Mell-Taylor to pick up where the pro­ject left off. The two artists ad­ded dir­ec­tion to the pro­ject that would even­tu­ally guide it to com­ple­tion.

“We wanted it to be about the idea of col­lab­or­a­tion, but to think about it in a dif­fer­ent con­text.” said Mell-Taylor, Mas­sachu­setts Col­lege of Art and Design gradu­ate and cur­rent Port Rich­mond res­id­ent. “We wanted to ex­pand the kids’ minds with that idea.”

After lead­ing a few more NLArts work­shops and ask­ing kids to sub­mit draw­ings of things that in­spired them in nature, paint  pic­tures of how they saw them­selves as su­per­her­oes, and in­cor­por­ate ab­stract visu­als, the pro­ject was back on its feet again.

Each design also in­cludes a “hid­den” trash can.

“Com­munity based or­gan­iz­a­tions like NLArts are really where my heart is and it’s the col­lab­or­a­tion that makes them,” Nell-Taylor said. “It’s really im­port­ant to bring dif­fer­ent types of people to­geth­er and for stu­dents to see this hap­pen.”

The two then began to take the art­work of about 40 and 50 kids and lay­er it so that each trash can would weave mul­tiple draw­ings to­geth­er to tell a story.

Once the art was com­pleted, it made its way to Col­or Re­flec­tions, 475 N. Fifth St., to be prin­ted to scale.

“The whole heart of North­ern Liber­ties, his­tor­ic­ally, is bolstered through artists,” said Eric Ber­ger, founder and pres­id­ent of Col­or Re­flec­tions and a pre­vi­ous long-time res­id­ent of North­ern Liber­ties.

Foun­ded in 1989, Col­or Re­flec­tions is a North­ern Liber­ties-based, fam­ily run print­ing com­pany that pro­duces graph­ics for everything from ban­ners in cen­ter city to the big im­ages that are ap­plied to busses and planes.

Once the im­ages were prin­ted, lam­in­ated, and cut to size, they were ap­plied to the Big­Belly trash cans around the neigh­bor­hood. For some, that means see­ing their art on a daily basis.

“I al­ways liked do­ing art, but I wasn’t ne­ces­sar­ily the best artist,” said Ju­lia Tracht­man, sixth grader at Frank­ford Friends School who has been in­volved in NLArts for about five years.

“Over­all the pro­ject was really fun,” Tracht­man said. “I liked put­ting my designs on something.”

While the stu­dents in­volved may say the pro­grams and work­shops at NLArts a pure form of fun, there are lar­ger forces at work for the lead­er­ship of the or­gan­iz­a­tion.

In light of the lack of fund­ing for the arts at pub­lic schools, the pro­grams offered through NLArts are all the more im­port­ant to provide an av­en­ue for the youth to learn skills crit­ic­al to all as­pects of life.

“It’s a try­ing time,” Kreidie said. “My philo­sophy is, ‘Can you ever have too much art?’ I don’t think so.”

To learn more about NLArts, vis­it

Con­tact Star at

NLArts Winter Camp – Dec. 28, 29, 30 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:00:44 +0000 Art MusemPlease join us for Winter Camp 2015
December 28, 29, and 30th
 Art activities, field trips and more!
 Email with your child’s name, age, and parent contact information to register.
 $35 for one day $60 for two days and $80 for all three camp days
Sign up early so we can plan the best camp possible!!!
Happy Holidays!
 Please contact 973-868-6675 with any questions
 Natasha Mell-Taylor
NLArts Community Arts Program
Second Annual Arts & Craft Show at the Druids Keep – Friday, Dec 4 – Benefitting NLArts! Fri, 09 Oct 2015 06:00:10 +0000 Artists of the Keep6pm to 10pm
Upstairs at the Druids Keep
benefiting NLArts
149 Brown Street 19123

The Artists of the Keep will be showing a varied selection of work from the city’s finest artists and craftspeople.





Participating Artists:

Alicia Arcidiacono- wildlife and nature photography
Bryan Brown- Philly love photography
Dan Lisowski-illustrated poetry books, illustration
Delia King- ornaments
Deliah Poore- jewelry
Janelle Wysock- knitting and weaving
Jen Ritts- handmade coat and key racks
Nancy Nagle- fiber artist
Rod Schichtel- gemstone necklaces and bracelets
Ross Earhart- infrared photography
Sarah Rado- art coasters, ladies apparel and art lanterns
Stuart Kaplan- disc golf and Northern Liberties apparel

Raffle basket sponsors: Art Star, Once Worn, Ritual Ritual, One Shot, Chez Bow Wow, Soy Cafe, Liberties Parcel, Yards Brewing Company

Raffle Prizes benefiting NLArts from:

(Vendors accept credit cards)

For more info visit
or #artistsofthekeep

NLArts First Friday, Dec 4 – Ornaments, Puppets, Hot Chocolate & Cookie Decorating! Fri, 09 Oct 2015 05:00:04 +0000 snow scene

You don’t want to miss
Philadelphia artist Mike Storm’s first time to NLArts!
Friday, December 4th

Northern Liberties Community Center – 700 N 3rd St, 19123
from 6:00 to 8:30pm

Ages 5 through 12
Fee:  $25/child (siblings $15)

Simply reply to to register your kids
with your contact information and children’s name and age…

Winter is approaching!
All the fun of the Holiday Season is in full swing and NLArts is no different.
Philadelphia artist Mike Storm will be creating holiday themed art projects
that you won’t want to miss!

Plus Hot Chocolate & Pizza!

Participants should wear clothes that are appropriate for getting messy
and having a good time.

Due to limited space, call now to register 973-868-6675
or email Natasha at

Happy Holidays!!
Natasha Mell-Taylor
NLArts Community Arts Program