One Day in Chester

Sharon Meagher (standing in suit), Widener University dean of arts and sciences, and Devon Walls (standing in t-shirt), proprietor of MJ Freed Performing Arts Theater, participated recently in a collaborative workshop with Widener and MJ Freed students. Widener students are also helping business owners and city leaders clean up and prepare the Avenue of the States for One Day in Chester on August 27, when Widener journalism students will also launch the second issue of their publication Chester magazine.

Sharon Meagher (standing in suit), Widener University dean of arts and sciences, and Devon Walls (standing in t-shirt), proprietor of MJ Freed Performing Arts Theater, participated recently in a collaborative workshop with Widener and MJ Freed students. Widener students are also helping business owners and city leaders clean up and prepare the Avenue of the States for One Day in Chester on August 27, when Widener journalism students will also launch the second issue of their publication Chester magazine.

Maybe one day, every day in Chester will be a day with the arts. For now, at least, there’s One Day in Chester, coming August 27, which puts arts front and center in the heart of the city.

The One Day in Chester festival will involve dozens of artists, crafters, and arts organizations in a demonstration of the vitality and the potential of Delaware County’s oldest and second largest city. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Avenue of the States and Edgmont Avenue will host arts events, performances, open studios and educational programs.

For artists and organizations, it’s a chance to welcome and discover new patrons. For Chester and its institution, it’s a promising step in the direction of a vital artistic and commercial downtown core. For neighbors in Delaware County, it’s a chance to see new and surprising art, and to participate in the strengthening of a neighborhood which is growing up between the Chester SEPTA station and 6th Street.

All events are free and open to the public. Art, crafts, and refreshments will be for sale throughout the event. Space is still available for interested Chester-based artists, organizations and vendors. For applications and more information on One Day, e-mail onedaychester@gmail.com, visit theniacenterofchester.org/events.html, or call the Nia Center at (610) 876-2222.

Organizations and artists participating in One Day in Chester include The Nia Center, Widener University, ART on the Avenue of the States, Delaware County Historical Society Museum. Open Mike’s Cafe, MJ Freed Theater, the Andre Cafe, Butcher Shop Rehab Furniture, Search + Rescue Vintage Design, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Artist’s Warehouse, Boys & Girls Club of Chester, Chester Arts Alive, Chester Historical Preservation Society, Chester Historical Society, Hedgerow Theatre, K and Light Productions, Marikya Collier, Nation of Islam, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, Prime AMC, Ruth L. Bennett/Wilson, Spirit News, St. Daniel’s Ray of Hope CDC, Van Buren Payne, Yes We Can Achieve Center, Tara Jones, Allison DeSalvo, Unity Through the Arts, Paul Fejko, and Jean Therapy.

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