Every year, Neighborhood House serves over 50 artists and ensembles through subsidized performance and rehearsal rentals.
Neighborhood House is a place and a catalyst for the arts on the historic Christ Church campus. We support artists through subsidized performance/rehearsal rentals in our namesake building, and we commission new site-specific works informed by our architecture and history.
Built by the Christ Church parish to serve the residents of industrial Old City, Neighborhood House opened its doors in 1915. In the late 1990s, local artists seeking unusual, flexible, and affordable venues for Live Arts/Fringe Festival performances discovered the building’s large, open spaces. The Neighborhood House program solidified around that homegrown demand and the facility advanced with it, greatly aided by the significant initial investments of the William Penn Foundation.
Today, in addition to housing the Christ Church Parish and Preservation Trust offices, Christ Church Neighborhood House serves a core constituency of cross-disciplinary performing artists who imagine new and experimental works in our ADA-accessible, 110-seat theater. The reach of our arts programming extends beyond the building walls to include concerts in the Christ Church sanctuary and commissions for every corner of our historical campus.
In 2016, we took over operation of the Farmers Market at Christ Church, formerly N3rd Street Farmers Market. Every Wednesday afternoon, May-November, we invite farmers, artisans, and the community onto the brick pavers outside the church gates.
Abigail began her career on the East Coast as a Project Manager at the Jenny Holzer Studio before moving to Seattle where she worked at Artist Trust, Henry Art Gallery, and Open Satellite, a three-year experiment in bringing national/international artists-in-residence to a suburban high-rise tower that she helped found in 2007. Abigail also spent four years with Grantmakers in the Arts, the national association of public and private funders making grants to artists and arts organization, where she worked on initiatives addressing individual artist support, arts and social justice, and the overall health of the nonprofit arts sector. She holds an MA in Art History from Williams College.
Megan Thibodeaux is a performer and producer who has been making work in Philadelphia since 2012. As a production manager, she has collaborated with George & Co., Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Miller Rothlein, and Pig Iron Theatre Company. She is a 2015 graduate of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training and 50% of the band Baby Steps.
Farmers Market Manager
Farmers Market Manager
Heidi Barr is an artist working in textiles, costume design, and mixed media community-based installation art. She holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts and is a two-time Leeway Foundation grant recipient. Heidi's passion for gardening and her attention to environmental issues inspired her to found/design The Kitchen Garden Series, a line of kitchen textiles made from reclaimed materials that are sold to support urban agriculture.
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