Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC)
Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) community development corporation founded in 1983 by a group of community leaders and Pennsylvania State Representative Dwight Evans. OARC's mission is to create and stimulate sustainable economic development through innovative and creative use of our available resources while improving the quality of life for residents in West Oak Lane and other neighborhoods throughout the Northwest section of Philadelphia.
We take a holistic approach toward community revitalization, by focusing on our Five Pillars:
- Economic Development
- Business Development
- Education & Community Relations
- Sustainable Greening
- and Arts and Culture
The Jazz and Arts Festival
The West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival, Philadelphia's premier music and culture event, has been an effective tool in rebuilding the community and bringing attention to everything West Oak Lane has to offer. Originally developed as a means to showcase and market OARC’s accomplishments, the Festival has since played an enormous role in rebranding West Oak Lane as a destination community of choice.