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July 27, 2016

Local kids' online 'Memory' game features Philly architecture

Nonprofit Fresh Artists support arts with programming, supplies and philanthropy

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Kid's drawing of Swann fountain at Logan Circle.

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that technology, namely the internet, could be warping our short-term memory, or at the very least changing the way we use it. The most dramatic of these warnings refers to the phenomenon as "digital dementia," a deterioration in cerebral performance due to overuse of technology.

Lucky for us in Philadelphia, some kids with the local nonprofit Fresh Artists have created an online "Memory" game that requires matching colorful sketches of the city's prominent architecture.

The sketches themselves are impressive coming from children in second through eighth grade. They feature such landmarks as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boathouse Row and the Swann Fountain at Logan Circle.

"Silly City" is one of a handful of matching games created by Fresh Artists, whose mission is to promote children's access to the transformative self-expression of art making and philanthropy. The organization gets kids involved in charity work, prominently displays their artwork and provides art supplies and programs to under-resourced public schools across the United States. 

You can give the game a try here.