Art and artists have long been associated with the coffee shop environment. But what if the coffee shop is not merely a host for art, but the art itself? A Philadelphia artist envisions just that.
With partial funding from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s Fund for Art and Civic Engagement (FACE), Kathryn Sclavi is opening the Freeshop Coffeeshop, a pop-up bar designed to engage the community and serve as a creative space in what would otherwise be a vacant lot.
Philly’s Greenstreet Coffee will be providing the coffee service, and there will also be an open mic at each of the scheduled pop-ups, beginning weekly August 7 and running through Sept. 21. Here’s more from Sclavi:
This temporary coffeeshop is set up only once a week and imitates the appearance of an outdoor brick-and-mortar teashop, with portable upcycled tables and chairs, a bright canopy and hand painted signage. Attendees enjoy free coffee and watch or participate in the open mic meet-up.
So why did the artist envision a coffee shop project?
Throughout history and in many different cultures, the act of enjoying a warm beverage with a group of people creates a natural community gathering space. In light of recent innovative projects and ideas circulating around the idea of pop-up spaces, I feel this project is part of the dialogue existing currently in contemporary art about activating spaces through pop-up, temporary, interactive spaces.
Click here for more on Kathryn Sclavi and updates on the Freeshop Coffeeshop.