June 19, 2019
Americans for the Arts has honored “This Neighborhood Is…” among 50 outstanding public arts projects created in 2018 through the Public Art Network Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. Chosen by public art experts, the roster of selected projects was unveiled on Friday, June 14 at Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention in Minneapolis. This is the 18th year that Americans for the Arts has recognized public art works. The mural, a public art project led by Lancaster residents Salina Almanzar and Osmyn Oree, was... read more
June 19, 2019
We are heartbroken and angry about the violence on our streets and our thoughts are with the Ramos & Marshall families. All of us want it to stop. We’re grateful for all of the information people have shared with the Police regarding recent incidents which significantly helps investigations. These injuries and losses of life will impact our community forever. We see our young people who want to make changes and we want to help them. On Wednesday, June 19, city staff will be meeting with youth organizers to plan a youth rally to come together, grieve and find our path forward together. If... read more
June 10, 2019
In response to the high number of crashes that occur at the intersection of N. Plum St., Park Ave. and E. New St., the City will install a mini roundabout at the intersection on Wednesday, June 12. The roundabout will be created using paint markings and flexible delineators. It will initially be executed as a three- to six-month pilot program. If successful, a more permanent solution will be implemented. The roundabout was considered after resident Andrew Whalen brought concerns to the Traffic Commission about the safety of both the intersection of N. Plum St. and E. Frederick St. as well as... read more
June 7, 2019
Today the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement announced locations selected for Lunch with the Mayor.   Lunch with the Mayor will allow Mayor Sorace to meet with residents in a casual environment where she can learn more about them and their neighborhoods.  Businesses and organizations willing to host were invited to apply in February. The following locations were selected:  Rafiki Shoppe, 1027 Dillerville Rd.  Himalayan Curry & Grill, 22 E. Orange St.  The Alley Kat, 30 W. Lemon St.  Light of the World Church, 148 Locust St.  HUBUB World Market, 257 W. King St.  Church World... read more
June 7, 2019
Today the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement announced the 2019 recipients of the Mayor’s Block Parties.  This year’s recipients include:  600 block of N. Plum St.  200 block of S. Ann St.   600 & 700 blocks of Almanac Ave.   200 block of Ruby St.  W. Strawberry St.  Crystal Park  The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement will fund and assist resident leaders and neighborhood groups with planning and executing block parties in their neighborhoods.  Dates for the block parties are still be finalized by the applicants.   “We’ve asked neighbors what they consider a strong... read more
June 5, 2019
Recipients of Love Your Block mini-grants will soon begin beautification and cleanup projects on Howard Avenue and in the ChurchTowne neighborhood. Projects were selected for grants between 500 and 2,000 dollars earlier this spring. One project has already been completed. The Cultured Professional Network, lead by resident Marquis Lupton, performed a cleanup outside and on the façade of the Crispus Attucks Community Center on Saturday, May 18. This was the first step of the group’s initiative to rehab the space and provide programming for community education. “[It’s] such an iconic building... read more
June 4, 2019
The first cohort of Neighborhood Leaders Academy kicked off their six-week training and grant program on Monday, June 3 at City Hall. Classes will continue every Monday through July 8.   The Neighborhood Leaders Academy was created to identify and cultivate neighborhood leaders. The program will empower leaders throughout Lancaster neighborhoods to encourage one another, identify community problems, and plan projects to remedy the issues. Topics to be covered include the role of local government, what different city departments do, what resources are available to neighborhood leaders, how to... read more
June 3, 2019
It has been just over a year since the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Engagement started working towards improving the quality of life in all of Lancaster's neighborhoods. Milzy Carrasco and her small (but mighty!) team have been hard at work creating new programs and initatives. Starting on Monday, June 3, and concluding on Saturday, June 8 at the Neighbor to Neighbor forum, we'll be rolling out updates about what Milzy and her team have been working on and where Neighborhood Engagement is headed!  Monday - The first session of Neighborhood Leaders Academy.  Tuesday - Update on the ... read more
May 22, 2019
City offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. There will be NO street cleaning on Monday, May 27.  The Lancaster Parking Authority will not enforce metered parking, street sweeping, and residential permit parking blocks on Monday, May 27. Regular enforcement will resume on Tuesday, May 28. All regular Penn Waste trash and recycling collections will be delayed one day. Monday customers will be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday customers will be collected on Wednesday and so on for the remainder of the week through Saturday.  Both the Lancaster City Visitor Center and... read more
May 16, 2019
National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter announced 57 awards totaling $4.1 million supporting projects across the nation through the Arts Endowment’s Our Town program. Lancaster Public Art, in partnership with the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College, is one of the recommended organizations for a grant of $75,000 for the PACE (Public Art Community Engagement) Boosting Communities program.  “These awards made to organizations across the United States are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter,... read more