West Mt Airy Neighbors (WMAN) is pleased to announce a new slate of Board members led by newly elected Board President, Steve Kendall. Together, we are committed to a continued renewal of WMAN’s mission to preserve and enhance the quality of life of our community — under conditions quite different from those our civic leaders faced when WMAN was formed in the 1950’s. We are excited to share highlights of recent and planned initiatives and activities, and welcome input and suggestions from the West Mt Airy community.
WMAN has been leading ongoing panel-led discussions (held virtually) on important and timely topics:
Race Still Matters, exploring ways to combat structural racism in our neighborhoods. Hundreds of people joined conversations about voting; the history of West Mt Airy; our children’s education; rebalancing policing, social services, health, and housing as they relate to structural racism. This fall panel-led discussions will continue on structural racism in employment and within faith traditions.
Climate/Environmental Activism and Justice.
Home and Property Safety Workshops in collaboration with EMAN and with support from Wells Fargo.
WMAN and EMAN teamed up on Breaking Bread, Building Bridges—an initiative led by Anuj Gupta and funded by the Knight Foundation— to return a sense of community in a time when neighbors have been unable to gather in person. Participants attended six virtual dinners, all ordering from the same restaurants, with thirty participants per dinner.
Our priorities for the upcoming fiscal year:
Understand the needs and concerns of West Mt Airy residents.
Celebrate and engage with our children and our families with children.
Educate and serve as a listening-post for neighbors feeling the stressors of neighborhood changes, preserving historic character, and real estate development pressures.
Continue to host moderated panel conversations on topics of importance to our community.
Host much-loved community events and festivals such as Mt Airy Day in collaboration with EMAN and others.
President: Steve Kendall
Executive VP: Susan Matyas
VP Community Affairs: Kristin Haskins-Simms
VP Membership Development: Jo Winters
VP Physical Resources: Morrie Zimmerman
VP Finances: Rob Pelszynski
Executive Director: Kathryn McKenzie-Zeigler
New and Continuing Board Members:
Darrin Damone (continuing)
Sam Grannum (continuing)
Bob Holum (continuing)
Kevin Keene (continuing)
Donna Skinner Echols (continuing)
Dionne Watts-Williams (continuing)
Lauren Wiley (continuing)
We invite West Mt Airy residents committed to a flourishing and diverse civil society and a sustainable yet transforming built environment in our little part of the world to contact us right away. Become a member; join or rejoin one of our existing committees; or suggest a new initiative you can help lead!
The Art of Photography, MAAG’s Photography-exclusive show, will take place September 10 – October 3, 2021. We are dedicating this show to the memory of Solomon Levy, one of MAAG’s devoted founding members, and renaming the Gallery in his honor.
A reception will be held on Friday, September 24th from 7 PM – 9 PM, with more details coming soon.
The Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) invites all artists to submit their art for“Horror Business”, happening from October 15 – November 14, 2021, at the MAAG Gallery, located at 7054 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119.
Horror Business is an art show relishing macabre and horror-themed artwork. We’re looking for artists to submit artwork that displays their viewpoints of some of the darker sides of life. From a Lovecraftian horror lurking deep in the depths of the ocean or the mind, a Memento-Mori of the passing of life, demons and monsters brought to life, to a light-hearted take on Frankenstein and Dracula, we want to see your creations.
Application Deadline: Friday, September 17, 11:59 PM
The Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) is holding MAAG Rocks Art!, a one-day Arts Festival in Mt. Airy on Germantown Avenue between Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Sedgwick Street on Saturday, September 18, 2021 (Rain Date: Sunday, September 19) from 11 AM – 5 PM.
MAAG is excited to celebrate the community coming back together after a year of isolation! We’re breaking out of our homes and returning with a large celebration of the arts. This is an opportunity for creative, emerging, and seasoned artists to exhibit and sell their work in downtown Mt. Airy. It’s also an opportunity for folks to see their neighbors, hear live music, and have a bite to eat. We hope you’ll join us!
Special thanks to our sponsors, including the Edna W. Andrade Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, Elfant Pontz Properties, Electrical Wizardry, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union (PFCU), Weichert McCarthy Real Estate, Community Acupuncture of Mt. Airy (CAMA), and Councilmember-at-Large Derek Green.
We have an exciting lineup of classes and workshops for you to attend both in person and from home.
Drawing From Live Models Club gives artists an opportunity to draw from live models, and occurs bi-weekly on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:30 PM. Must be 18-years-old or over to join. Next Class:September 23, 2021
The Photo Club has monthly meetings in person at MAAG. Join in the fun by sharing your photographic work in a professional and nurturing environment, either in the meetings or in the MAAG Photo Club Facebook Group. The Photo Club will meet Saturday, September 25th at 12:15 pm at the MAAG Gallery.
You can learn more about these clubs and classes, along with how to sign up for them, by visiting our website.
The Mt. Airy Art Garage offers affordable studio space to artists, makers, crafters, designers, photographers, and creatives.
The property is a beautiful renovated former post office building in the heart of Mt. Airy. Amenities include on-site parking, Wi-Fi, full kitchen, performance space, ADA bathrooms, slop-sink, gift-shop, gallery space, event space, and a classroom.
Chestnut Hill: Every Second Saturday through November, the Chestnut Hill Business Association will give artists a chance to showcase and sell their artwork along the commercial district on Germantown Avenue. This is a great high-visibility event for artists to help them in their careers.