Philadelphia, August 22, 2012 – While preparations are under way for Budweiser Made in America, businesses and cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway are open for business on Labor Day weekend, providing an eclectic cultural experience of music and art, according to City officials.
“This Labor Day weekend, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will offer the public all of the wonderful attractions and exhibitions displayed at our treasured cultural institutions, as well as the Budweiser Made in America Festival on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd,” said City Representative Melanie Johnson. “This locally produced concert event featuring headliners Jay Z and Pearl Jam, among other nationally known performers, will underscore our city’s unique ability to assist with presenting a diverse, grand scale entertainment experience for residents and visitors alike.”
Shawn “Jay Z” Carter will curate and headline the blockbuster roster of talent, which includes nearly 30 artists embodying the diverse American musical spirit. They will perform on three stages on the Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2. Performances are scheduled to begin at 2:00 P.M. and conclude at 11:00 P.M. on both days.
The Festival will highlight Philadelphia as a major destination for music, arts and culture as well as benefit the United Way organizations in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Lancaster, PA and New York City, enabling them to invest more dollars to serve the neediest citizens in their regions. Philadelphia, and specifically the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is home to world-renown cultural institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and the Parkway’s newest addition, the Barnes Foundation.
The City of Philadelphia is working collaboratively with Parkway cultural institutions to accommodate museum business schedules and reduce the impact of mass transit and vehicular traffic in the Parkway area. However, city officials are urging museum-goers to proceed with caution and plan accordingly during Budweiser Made in America, especially in the Parkway cultural corridor.
“The City has reached out to keep us informed about street closures and any other event setup issues that might impact the Parkway,” said Judi Rogers, Executive Director of the Parkway Council Foundation. “They are also making a strong effort to communicate that the Parkway Museums District institutions are open for business throughout Labor Day weekend. Hopefully, both visitors and area residents will get that message, and explore the Parkway over the holiday weekend to enjoy all that it has to offer.”
Parkway cultural institution patrons and others with business or recreational plans are encouraged to use public transportation to get in and out of Center City during the Festival weekend. SEPTA and NJTransit will operate under normal weekend schedules. For updates and information about public transit to museums along the Parkway, including various public transit options, please visit their websites at http://www.septa.org/welcome/cultural.html and www.njtransit.org
General Assistance (GA) on homelessness has been felt at this time,” said Schwarz. “Eviction is a lengthy process, and likely people are receiving help from families and communities, rather than becoming homeless at this point.”
Unfortunately, resources are limited, the job market remains a challenge, and the City remains concerned that cuts to GA and other essential services will compromise Mayor Nutter’s Homeless Initiative while increasing homelessness in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia was recently recognized at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference in Washington DC for being one of just 15 communities to house 2.5 percent of its chronic homeless population each month.