On your mark. Get set. Go summer teaching artists!

Say hello to our summer teaching artists! These creative folks spent the week getting ready for an awesome summer of art, music, and poetry classes all over Philadelphia. Want to make sure they have everything they need to give Philadelphia youth fun, healthy, and creative outlets for their thoughts, ideas, and dreams? Make a donation […]

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June First Friday exhibit celebrates student work

The June First Friday pop up exhibit showcased student art from Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy, Southwark School and Rhoads Elementary School — all partner schools of ArtWell. A steady stream of guests bore witness to the power of creativity and the role it plays in students’ lives. In under-resourced schools, children may not experience any creative […]

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Spirit News Profiles in Kensington: Adab Ibrahim

Adab Ibrahim is the Community Liaison for Philadelphia’s Al-Aqsa Islamic Society and is an ArtWell Board Member. Meet the Community Liaison of Philadelphia’s Al-Aqsa Islamic Society JACQUIE MAHON Adab Ibrahim, Community Liaison for Philadelphia’s Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, was already seated at ReAnimator Coffee in Kensington when I arrived. With three children (all at Temple University), […]

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Power of art and community on display at ArtWell Festival

Produced by Meredith Nutting On May 21, the community gathered at ArtWell’s home in Oxford Mills to celebrate the power of art, creativity, and reflection! It was a joyous day full of color, music, and sunshine. Festival performances and activities featured slam poetry, Capoeira, West African drumming, improvisational singing, face painting and collage, and much more […]

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Dr. Katz Live! In Support of ArtWell

On May 7th, 2017, in a rare Philadelphia performance, Jonathan Katz took to the Punch Line Philly stage with fellow comedians David Feldman, Janelle James, and Bonnie McFarlane as patients for LaughWell with DR. KATZ LIVE.  Katz, The Emmy Award-winning star of Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, revived his pseudo therapist role from the animated hit for […]

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Teachers-only session begins Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week at ArtWell

Thank you afterschool professionals and partners for making a difference in the lives of young people! An estimated 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs each year. Today, afterschool programs are viewed as much more than just childcare. They are widely credited as the way to enhance education in STEM, literacy, the arts, social and […]

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This is the best thing I’ve ever done!

This is the best thing I’ve ever done! Overheard during printmaking in The Art of Growing Leaders program at Sunrise of Philadelphia, Inc. / Southwark The Art of Growing Leaders is an expansion of The Art of Growing Up® program, ArtWell’s long-running rites of passage module. Through mask-making, poetry and multi-disciplinary arts, students build trust with […]

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Going Beyond the Art Room

Going Beyond the Art Room On April 1st, as part of the Moore College of Art & Design 2017 Art Education Spring Symposium, Julia Terry and Kris Smith of ArtWell led more than 100 participants (3 rotating sessions) under the connecting theme of “Fostering Social Emotional Learning and Social Justice through Arts Partnerships.” Julia and Kris […]

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