Families of gun violence tell their stories at an event organized by the Philadelphia Daily New's columnist, Helen Ubinas. The large group gathered on the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to embrace and share stories about their lost loved ones while building a community for families who are victim of gun violence.

A street full of empty, rotting, homes in Down Township known as Money Island was once alive and rented out every summer. Some say the small island on the New Jersey coast is suffering from sea level rise, while others, including Downe Township mayor, Robert Campbell, believe people were bought out of their homes to invest into bigger beach towns like Wildwood and Ocean City that draw more tourism to the state.

An attempt to reveal Isaiah Zagar’s latest work became an exploration of his identity as a Philadelphia and global artist. He stores over 50 years of unsold art in his studio in South Philadelphia, which he is covering in mosaics that match the aesthetic of his home and well-known South Street attraction, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Zagar has created between 220 and 300 mosaics in Philadelphia alone, according to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, the nonprofit that aims to keep the structure in-tact. Today, he continues to practice as an artist both in his studio and throughout the city by hosting workshops and teaching his mosaic methods. Zagar’s workshop on July 29, 2017 at the Meredith School in Philadelphia attracted attendees from across the city and as far west as Chicago. Many were inspired to be a part of a mosaic that they believe will beautify the city.

“It’s very simple. I do the workshops so I can get my mosaics into the world,” Zagar, 78, said.

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