The Arts Garage: A safe haven for self expression

By Se'Quia Bailey
September 19, 2012

People are always looking for something new and exciting– especially students at Cabrini. With many creative and talented individuals throughout the city, many of whom are always looking for a place where they can just be free. A place where they can just forget about the week ahead or even the past weeks stress.

Look no further. Just a train ride away in Philadelphia lies what is called the Arts Garage. The Arts Garage offers youth ages 18-21 an opportunity to do a range of things. The Garage is a bar, club and event space all in one. It holds events such as baby showers, comedy nights, showcases, birthday parties and the newest addition–plays.

Although they have been up and running for a while they are looking to expand their public relations. The operations manager explained that the Art Garage is an amazing place that has been around for 10 years.

“I just want people to know that we are here” Zackery said. At a Saturday, Sept. 19,  $2 taco event there were about 15 people in attendance.

For those who enjoy painting, drawing and visual arts the garage holds an event that allows you to paint, draw and even have your things on display. The event is known as the “Blank Canvas.” Many of the finished products that were made can be seen on both the first and second floor of the building.

Another popular event for the Arts Garage are the showcases that they hold twice a month. Most of the showcases held are every second and fourth Sunday from 8 p.m-2 a.m. These showcases feature up-and-coming artist as well as underground artist. While the Arts Garage age limit is 18+ to enter, the showcases also allows artist at the early age of 16 to perform.

So take your talent, appetite and some friends for a night out at the Arts Garage. It’s an exciting hang-out in the cuts of center city Philadelphia. Enjoy music, food, dancing and if you’re of age a nice drink.


Information Box

  • Located at 1533 Ridge Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19130
  • Open Bar 21+
  • Bus Routes: Norristown Speedline, R5 Septa Paoli/Thorndale, Subway
  • Comedy shows, live bands, hip-hop showcase
  • For upcoming events:


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Se'Quia Bailey

Hello, My name is Se'Quia Bailey I am a double major in Criminology and Communication. I have been a staff writer for the Loquitur newspaper for two years and co-lifestyles editor for one year. I am the manager of the Women's basketball team at Cabrini College as well as a Student Ambassador. I devote time to community service as well.

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