Gilbert's Shoe's is a collectively-run, not-for-profit, community center and living space located at 1652 Ridge Avenue in the Francisville neighborhood (part of North Philadelphia).

We are a grassroots project dedicated to both building community and to community organizing, by supporting youth, education, art, culture and other forms of self-determination and self-defense.  The community center is managed, scheduled and maintained by community members who have direct access (keys) to the building.  Although the building is currently owned privately, most decisions regarding the actual running of the community center are made as a group through semi-annual meetings of key-holders.

The community center hosts classes, screenings, music, meetings, performances, workshops, skill-shares and other events.

Contact Us to get more information, to learn about hosting an event or about how to get involved as a volunteer.