community art projects
Lynn Blackwell Denton is a painter, installation and performance artist,
ceramicist and filmmaker who investigates the nature of creativity and its sources.
In recent years Lynn has initiated collaborations with untrained artists and children to transform city
environments. In 2001 and 2002, directing the the first project of the Arts and Spirituality Center, she worked with recovering
addicts and children in North Philadelphia to create their designs in a wall-sized mosaic and sculpture garden, Recovering World.
Today the entire corner of 20th and Norris Streets has become an oasis of art, trees and flowers in a struggling neighborhood (pictured).
Lynn has orchestrated ten additional large-scale tile/mosaic projects in public places in Philadelphia,
including the Susqehanna/Dauphin Subway Station, a SEPTA commission, for which she raised an additional $40,000, collaborating
with 160 children from surrounding neighborhoods and installing special lighting.
In a 2006 project, sponsored by the Mural Arts Program and the Eagles Youth Fellowship, she invited 36
fourth grade students from Edward Heston School to design 6’x 9’ panels for the façade of the school, and with them installed over
12,000 mosaic pieces for a 65’ wall as well as planters and playground benches, the largest mosaic community collaboration ever
completed in Philadelphia. The resulting environment has permanently transformed the block of 54th Street at Lancaster Avenue (pictured).
Other recent mosaic projects include the entrance to Fell School, at 9th Street and Oregon Avenue,
composed of over 200 handmade bas relief tiles, and Dream Catcher, a mosaic collaboration with 6th grade students at Potter-Thomas
School, 6th and Indiana Streets, completed in 2007 (pictured). Both projects were sponsored by the Mural Arts Program and the
Philadelphia Public Schools.
Watch the 2001 Documentary Recovery Mural
by Dorthea Braemer and Sloan Seale (5 parts in .mov format):