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Reading Terminal Market Receives 2015 ArtPlace America Grant

Reading Terminal Market has announced that it is among 38 recipients of ArtPlace America’s 2015 National Grants Program. One of the nation’s largest philanthropies dedicated to creative placemaking, ArtPlace is investing $160,000 in a streetscaping project along the 1100 block of Filbert Street to further integrate arts and culture into the field of community planning and development. Reading Terminal Market will work alongside multiple stakeholders and the surrounding community to create a design vision and public space management plan to transform the bleak underpass that connects the Market with a multi-modal transit hub into a welcoming outdoor space for events and performances. ArtPlace selected Reading Terminal Market from a pool of nearly 1,300 applicants from across the U.S.

“Our goal is to develop a realistic, achievable plan with broad-based support that can transform a dark, unappealing block into a vibrant, hospitable space linking some of Center City’s most important places, creating outdoor space for events and performances at Reading Terminal Market,” said Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs. Rodriguez, who also serves as Director At Large on the Board of Reading Terminal Market, gathered a group of representatives consisting of local artists, designers, architects and civic leaders to gather their input and develop a vision for the grant proposal.   

The project includes piloting some early interventions and involving multiple stakeholders in the design process, including the Pennsylvania Convention Center, SEPTA, the Gallery at Market East, Center City District, the Redevelopment Authority, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, the Streets Department, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, as well as the Market’s key arts partners.

“We are delighted to share this exciting news with our community,” said Anuj Gupta, General Manager of Reading Terminal Market. “While we know first-hand that deploying the arts can transform communities, having our work recognized by a grant from a national philanthropic initiative further supports and validates our efforts.”

“Investing in and supporting the arts have a profound impact on the social, physical, and economic futures of communities,” said ArtPlace Executive Director Jamie L. Bennett. “Projects like these demonstrate how imaginative and committed people are when it comes to enhancing their communities with creative interventions and thoughtful practices.”

"The National Grants Program is actively building a portfolio that touches each of the sectors and stakeholders that make up the community development field,” said ArtPlace’s Director of National Grantmaking F. Javier Torres. “Last year, ArtPlace developed a Community Development Matrix to help us better evaluate our success on this front. So, we're thrilled that this year's 38 grantees represent a dynamic spectrum of creative approaches and partnerships in community development that expand the dimensions of our portfolio."

This year’s ArtPlace America grantees were selected from nearly 1,300 applicants across 48 states and the District of Columbia. Grants range from $50,000 to $500,000 with an average of $265,000.

"Each one of these grants supports a geographic community: a collection of people who live, work, and play within a defined circle on a map,” continued Torres. “In each case, a community development challenge or opportunity was identified by local stakeholders; and these 38 grantees are serving as conduits for their community's desires by leading arts-based solutions through their projects."

To view the complete list of 2015 ArtPlace grantees, go to www.artplaceamerica.org.

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a 10-year collaboration of foundations, banks, and federal agencies that exists to position art and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. Visit www.artplaceamerica.org for more information.

Anuj Gupta Named General Manager of Reading Terminal Market Corporation

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The Board of Directors of the Reading Terminal Market Corporation (RTMC) announced today that a new General Manager has been hired. Mr. Anuj Gupta will assume the role of General Manager of Philadelphia’s historic urban farmers’ market beginning June 15, 2015.

“We conducted a thorough, national search to find the individual best suited to lead the Market as it continues to play an important role in the lives of millions of Philadelphians, residents of the surrounding suburbs and visitors alike,” explained Albert Mezzaroba, Chairman of the Board of the Reading Terminal Market Corporation. “After an extensive search process, we are pleased to announce that we found that leader. Anuj brings a rare blend of management success, not-for-profit leadership and vision at a consequential time in the Market’s history. The competition for the position was intense but Gupta was a consensus selection.”

Gupta takes over the leadership of the Market from its previous general manager, Paul Steinke, who managed the Market for the past 13 years. Steinke resigned on December 31, 2014, to launch a campaign to serve as an at-large member of Philadelphia’s City Council.

RTMC began its plans to search for Steinke’s replacement in late 2014 at which time the Market’s Human Resources Committee canvassed several executive recruiting firms, and ultimately selected Priscilla Rosenwald of Leadership Recruiters. The Market’s decision to tap Gupta was the result of an extensive, national search process that began last winter. The Human Resources Committee and Rosenwald initially narrowed their search to 20 candidates from all over the country. Three finalist candidates were interviewed twice – first by the Human Resources Committee, and then by the Board. In addition to these interviews, the candidates also met with the Executive Committee of the Reading Terminal Market Merchants' Association.

“We are thrilled with the Board’s selection and look forward to working with Anuj,” said Vincent Iovine, President of the Reading Terminal Market Merchants’ Association. “The Board has been hard at work on this recruitment process and Anuj made an incredible impression when we met with him last Friday. His impressive background and leadership style will be a tremendous asset to the Market.”

Prior to joining RTMC, Gupta served as the Executive Director of Mt. Airy, USA, a nonprofit community development corporation in Northwest Philadelphia which focused on commercial and residential real estate development and rehabilitation, commercial corridor revitalization, housing counseling and a new initiative to improve local public schools. Since 2010, Gupta led the day-to-day operations of the organization in addition setting the strategic direction and vision for Mt. Airy USA. Prior to his work at Mt Airy USA, Gupta served for three years in Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s administration in a number of roles including Chief of Staff and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Licenses & Inspections, and Deputy to the Managing Director.

Gupta is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2003), the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government (M.G.A., 2003) and Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., 1996). He currently serves on the board for the Philadelphia Historical Commission, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and West Mt. Airy Neighbors, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Chestnut Hill Hospital. In 2010, he was selected as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 under 40” and was a regional finalist for the 2010 Class of White House Fellows. Gupta also serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. Born in Freehold, New Jersey, Gupta currently resides in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.

Now Open: Hunger Burger, "Patties with a Purpose"


Our newest merchant, Hunger Burger is now open in the Market's Center Court serving up mouthwatering burgers and sides made from the freshest ingredients and highest quality meat.  A portion of each sale will be donated to hunger relief, both in the United States and abroad.


Hunger Burger has been a six-year dream for husband and wife team George and Kim Mickel (who also own of By George & Mezze), who have a combined 61-years of experience in the restaurant industry.  Their passion for combatting hunger began after they traveled to El Salvador with their church to work alongside King's Castle, supporting feeding programs.  Philanthropic passion together with the desire to offer delicious meals created the perfect avenue for the family to give back.


Some of Hunger Burger's menu highlights include an all-natural Black Angus beef burger, ten different milkshakes made with Bassetts Ice Cream, breakfast burgers, and lobster mac 'n cheese.


The Mickels hope their business model will stimulate generosity in other businesses.  "There is so much opportunity for profitable businesses to incorporate giving back, but few do," George said.  "We're in business because people give us business, so we must give back.  We want to inspire other companies to do the same."

Party for the Market Tonight! Tickets Available for Purchase at the Door!


Saturday, February 21, 7:30-11:30pm

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.partyticketsonline.com


Please note that we will be partying at the Market, even if it snows!  So, put your party clothes on and come to the Market for delicious food, drinks, and more than 700 new friends to make you forget about the winter blues.  You can always hibernate tomorrow!


Join us for the 5th Annual Party for the Market, Philly's most delicious winter part! Enjoy live entertainment and dancing, food from your favorite Market merchants, and open bars featuring beer, wine, & specialty cocktails!  Net proceeds will support the preservation of our historic market and support performing arts and other cultural programming.


Thank you to this year's sponsors:



Premier Sponsors:

CORT Furniture

Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Pepsi Cola


Sustaining Sponsors:

Coca Cola

Iovine Brothers Produce

PPL EnergyPlus



 Supporting Sponsors:

Beneficial Bank

DiNic's Roast Pork & Beef

Elliott-Lewis Corporation

Martin's Quality Meats & Sausage

Albert M. Mezzaroba

Nelbud Services Group

Old City Coffee


Spataro's Cheesteaks & Hoagies



Market Friends:

ABM Security Services

Beck’s Cajun Café

By George/Hunger Burger

Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies & Cheesesteaks

Contessa’s French Linens

Cozen O'Connor

Famous 4th Street Cookie, Co.

Fox Rothschild LLP

Gallery at Market East

Hershel’s East Side Deli

John Yi Fish Market

Larry C. McCrea, Inc.

Metropolitan Bakery


Saul Ewing LLP

Sebastian Properties, Inc.

Shanghai Gourmet

Sirlin, Lesser & Benson, PC

Western Pest Services



 Media Partners:

Grid Magazine

KYW Newsradio

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Reading Terminal Market General Manager Paul Steinke to Depart after 13 Years



Monday, December 8, 2014


This morning, Reading Terminal Market’s Board of Directors announced that, after 13 years of leadership, Paul Steinke, will step down as the Market’s general manager effective December 31, 2014, in order to get ready to run for public office in the new year.

“This will truly be a bittersweet transition,” said Steinke. “Reading Terminal Market has been a passion of mine for a long time, so to walk away for the last time as GM will be really tough. But I believe that I am leaving the Market in a strong position, and I want to see how I can apply my experience to help improve my hometown and the city that I love.”

During Steinke’s tenure as general manager of Reading Terminal Market, he led the effort to get the Market open regularly on Sundays in 2006, and later oversaw the $4 million renovation project which saw the additions of several new and renovated merchants, Rick Nichols Room, a multipurpose event space; and City Kitchen at Reading Terminal Market, a demonstration kitchen for culinary education programs. Steinke also helped to bring back the highly popular Party for the Market gala fundraiser, which has raised more than $200,000 for the Reading Terminal Market Preservation Trust to help fund long-term improvements to the Market and support programming for nutrition education for Philadelphia school children.

Prior to joining Reading Terminal Market in 2001, Steinke served as the first executive director of University City District, where he initiated maintenance and public safety programs which resulted in a cleaner public environment and a 33 percent decline in crime in less than three years. Before that, he served as the Director of Finance and Administration for Center City District for seven years.

An avid supporter of community issues, Steinke is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Steering Committee for the Human Rights Campaign and serves on the board of several nonprofits, including the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, Preservation Pennsylvania and the William Way LGBT Community Center.

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