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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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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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No hate, no fear

“The leaders decided it was time to revisit a form of expression and peacebuilding that had united the community more than a decade earlier: mural art.” Thank you U.S. Catholic magazine for sharing this story and the history of Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy’s bridge-building and life-affirming collaboration with ArtWell, Mural Arts Philadelphia and many other important partners […]

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Music Makes “Us” Happy

The Gathering at Williams Street Common #MusicMakesMeHappy #TheGathering #Philly Thanks to Music Makes Me Happy for including ArtWell in The Gathering of creative folks who are passionate about social justice, the arts and our great city! Panel Discussion Topic Inspiring social change and civic engagement through art and music in Philadelphia. Featured Panelists Just Greg – Founder […]

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ArtWell awarded Philadelphia Cultural Fund grant

Photo above: ArtWell Executive Director Susan Teegen (left) and Development Manager Rae Pagliarulo (right) ArtWell joined hundreds of arts and culture nonprofits to receive a generous grant from The Philadelphia Cultural Fund on March 22 at City Hall. In total, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund awarded over $2.7 million in Art and Culture grants to 304 local organizations […]

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The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation

A collaboratively composed Poetic Address to the Nation was given at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Saturday, March 11, 2017.  Stories from the Poetic Address (download the Poetic Address to the Nation) were collected through Story Circles that took place nationwide from January 27-February 5, 2017. Philadelphia’s Story Circle took place February 4th. The Story Circles and Poetic Address […]

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