Chester promotes

a cultural corridor

for story-gathering

CHESTER Chester residents are invited to tell their stories at a series of events this month.

The story-gathering sessions and story corners are part of an effort to promote a cultural corridor in the city.

Residents who attend will tell stories about their experiences with the arts in Chester.

The Chester Made program, funded through the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, will result in a map displaying the stories. It can be used to apply for additional grant funding to promote the arts in Chester, said Don Newton, the Chester Made program director.

"It's definitely a way of informing and educating and empowering the community that their voice counts," he said.

The Chester cultural corridor spans from Widener University to City Hall and the Delaware River waterfront and has been designated by city officials as an area to promote redevelopment.

The Chester Made program is "working to change the dialogue about Chester but also to improve the community engagement," Newton said.

The next story-gathering session is Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Chester, 201 E. Seventh Street, 19013.

Additional events are scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and next week. For more information, contact the Pennsylvania Humanities Council or visit

- Laura McCrystal