Celebrating Arts & Culture in the City of Chester, PA

Our Mission

Chester Made is a humanities-based initiative to celebrate and promote arts and culture in Chester, PA and harness their power as a force for community revitalization.

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Stories Make Chester

After months of working together, Chester Made advisors are ready to premiere their digitally archived stories about "What makes Chester home." Join the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for this exciting new initiative, and get ready to tell your own Chester story as part of this Chester Digital Storytelling project.

Ms. T's Corner

Welcome to Ms. T's Corner: Reflections of a lifelong Chester resident. Twyla, "Ms. T" Simpkins has been called "Chester's modern day historian." She brings to many projects the institutional memory as well as a profound understanding of both the local history of Chester and its place in the larger history of the region and country.

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What Chester Makes

What Chester Makes, Makes Chester!

Chester's old slogan is new again everyday at Chester Made. We're working with individuals and groups who are constantly reclaiming, rebuilding and repurposing powerful ideas to Make Chester.  We're looking for individuals and organizations who want to design, develop, and deliver the future arts and humanities projects of Pennsylvania's First City. Got an idea? Want help developing your plan? Stay tuned for information about our upcoming Chester Made Building Conversation forum. We'll discuss everything from engaging the community, creating impactful experiences, proposal writing and budget development to audience and social media.
Click the button below and let's Make Chester together.

Community Is Everything

The Chester Made Institute and pop-up makerspace at 511 Avenue of the States is now a creative, cultural hub in the heart of the historic arts and culture district. It gives community members the chance to engage with one another, learn more about the city’s cultural assets and history, rebuild their downtown, and change perceptions about Chester. Chester Made is a community project of MJ Freed Theater and Pennsylvania Humanities Council, with funding from Spring Point Partners and support from people who live, work, and play in Chester.

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