Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’re officially in the holiday season here in Philadelphia!
In between all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to miss the news.
So, #PhillyMayorThisWeek recaps five moments from the past seven days you might’ve missed.
1. The holiday season officially started at the #PhillyHolidayFest tree lighting.
You can view a full list of festival events — including light shows, happy hours, free museum days, and other timely happenings — online.
Happy holidays, everyone! We have a banner on our tree that reads, "Peace," in many languages. We hope for peace — in our hearts, in our communities, in Philadelphia, in our country, and around the world. #PhillyHolidayFest pic.twitter.com/S5LwVMajaA
— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) November 24, 2017
2. Philadelphia Mural Arts received a $200,000 grant this week to fund programming that brings public art in communities affected by crime and incarceration.
Mural Arts has received one the inaugural grants from the Ford Foundation’s Art for Justice Fund. The grant will support our effort to reduce our prison population by 33% over 3 years. pic.twitter.com/5OIzuFIbjb
— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) November 27, 2017
3. This week, the Mayor celebrated #GivingTuesday by encouraging Philadelphians to give directly to public school classrooms and projects using the new FUNDamentals donor platform.
Principals pick the projects available for funding, and donors can find a school or project they’re interested in and make one-time or recurring donations as well as see the project’s progress.
This year on Giving Tuesday give directly to your neighborhood school. A new site called Philly FUNDamentals lets you…
4. The Mayor attended a forum on youth homelessness, a collaborative event at City Hall where people shared their stories and worked together to talk about solutions.
There is also help available for Philadelphians experiencing homelessness through the Office of Homeless Services.
5. Mayor Kenney visited local CEO Todd Carmichael at La Colombe’s coffee roasting facility in Port Richmond.
A local company that pays its workers a living wage, La Colombe showed the Mayor its roasting facilities to help promote the #PhillyDelivers campaign focusing on Philadelphia as a national hub of innovation, talent, and livability.