ArtWell wins 2018-2019 Barra Award



ArtWell Wins 2018-2019 Barra Award for Exemplary Nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia Region

December 5, 2017 – Wayne, PA — The Barra Foundation has announced that ArtWell is a recipient of a 2018-2019 Barra Award. ArtWell joins 43 exceptional nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region that will each receive $50,000 in grant funding. Barra Awardees are nominated by their peers in the social sector and are then invited to submit an application to the Foundation. The application questions focus on the organization’s leadership, performance and adaptability.

“We are absolutely thrilled and deeply honored to receive a Barra Award alongside such an extraordinary group of peer organizations. This generous funding will play an especially important role in enabling us to reinforce and follow through on core goals outlined in our strategic plan. Among those in 2018-2019, expanding our youth leadership initiative and developing a sustainable model behind our training and professional development for adults. We are profoundly aware of the radical need for our partnership with students and their communities in this context, and are so grateful for this unrestricted grant that supports our mission in action in the coming two years,” said Susan Teegen, ArtWell Founder and Executive Director.

In line with the Foundation’s mission to invest in innovation in the social sector, the Barra Awards provide unrestricted funding and introduce awardees to a diverse network of social sector leaders. “Without unrestricted capital, nonprofits have little margin for error or appetite for innovation. Through the Barra Awards we hope to provide organizations with some financial breathing room and their leaders with opportunities to learn from their peers—a diverse and inspiring network of entrepreneurial thinkers from across the nonprofit sector,” said Kristina Wahl, president of The Barra Foundation.

Since its 2013 inception, the Barra Awards has granted more than $6 million to area nonprofits. Awardees represent a range of nonprofits from the Arts and Culture, Education, and Health and Human Services sectors in the Greater Philadelphia region.

A full list of the 2018-2019 Barra Award winners is available here.

To learn more about the Barra Awards program, click here.

About The Barra Foundation
The Barra Foundation invests in innovation to inspire change that strengthens communities in the Greater Philadelphia region. Through its Catalyst Fund and Barra Awards, the Foundation provides approximately $4 million in annual grants that are focused on supporting innovation in and across the fields of Arts & Culture, Education, Health and Human Services.

About ArtWell (
ArtWell supports young people and their communities through multidisciplinary arts expression, education and creative reflection to celebrate their strengths, thrive while facing complex challenges, and awaken their dreams. ArtWell’s vision is to awaken creativity and spirit in individuals in order to foster thriving, just and peaceful communities.

Since 2000, ArtWell programs have transformed the lives of more than 35,000 young people facing discrimination, poverty, violence and the everyday challenges of growing up, in partnership with over 400 schools and community organizations. Through collaborations between local artists and young people, ArtWell fosters thriving, just and peaceful communities throughout the Philadelphia area.


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